Three years ago, as we were just getting back to work after the pandemic, an opportunity came my way. The playback position at Entertainment Tonight opened up when the long time operator decided to retire. I was offered the position but told it would only be temporary, since plans were already in place to automate the workflow. I happily took the gig, hoping it might last 6 months and carry me until the freelance world ramped up again. As it turns out, the gig lasted three years and also allowed me to gain valuable experience in a variety of studio production and control room work. Even though the position did end - it remains a gift, as I have expanded upon the many types of sound and playback work I can now do. And, Entertainment Tonight continues to keep me busy in a variety of production and post production capacities as well.