[PODCAST EP26] Transitioning from Full-time to Freelance with Engineer in Charge Robert Permenter
Written by: Lesroy Louard
Life is all about the right place, and the right time. Robert Permenter’s timing has allowed him to
maneuver himself in his industry from full time AV technician, Show Team staffer to Freelance
Engineer In Charge. In this interview, The Production Channel, dives into the career of one of
the industries brightest minds. We will explore the work, and the path that has enabled
“goofball” status, on his terms.
Robert Permenter, a product of southern Florida, began tinkering with audio, and camera
equipment at a young age. Putting together small films and fixing church audio equipment at 15,
there was never a task too tall for him and his group of friends. He began setting up audio
translator booths for an international company before setting his sights on Disney’s production
Widely respected and described as a great soaker of knowledge, eager to learn and willing to
figure out solutions, Robert built his network solidly. From full time staffer at Disney production,
he honed a craft and continued to set goals with tremendous foresight.
Robert’s transition to LMG was an opportunity viewed as graduating from high school to college.
Permenter says “LMG gave me a more structured professionalism, a higher tech savvy
environment and freedom in my career choices”. The grasping of this maturation process they
joke, can hinder some; because they don’t know when to be goofballs, when to be grateful for
an easy high paying gig, and when to be a silent agreeable pro.
Robert has neither of those problems, and thus his rise in the production industry. Since this
interview, Robert spent some time as a freelancer and is now a full-time employee of AFPC. His
current role is Director of Accounts.
The Production Channel invites you to sit down and hear how Robert “Captain Jack” Permenter
has achieved so much in such a small amount of time.
Lesroy Louard, 36 and a graduate of Florida State University, can best be described as a visual thrill seeker and story-teller. With 18 years of experience in the world of production as a videographer, writer, and editor, Lesroy is also an aspiring filmmaker. He never shies away from the opportunity to chase a new challenge and expand his skill set. Lesroy has previously done this with several corporate marketing companies, the NBA, and many major cable networks. As a growing producer/writer, Lesroy derives most of his inspiration from classic cinema, music and pop culture. He adds, “I enjoy the use of word, sight and sound to evoke emotion and convey powerful messaging.”