Jessica Paz’s Unlikely Journey From Scuba Store Employee To Landmark Tony Nominee
Paz, who previously worked in sound design on
Dear Evan Hansen and
Bandstand, ended up on Broadway by accident. She started volunteering at a community theater in her 20s, and after trying her hand at acting in a not-so-great play, she fell in love with the art of sound mixing and sound design. She worked at NYC spots like Knitting Factory, Terminal Five, and McKittrick Hotel’s
Sleep No More theater experience, after taking forensic science courses in college because she didn’t realize “sound designer” could be an actual career. (She also worked at a scuba diving gear store and at a bookstore, among the usual assortment of
random jobs one has before they land on their calling).