Garage Media Center is for photo and video shoots

BROCKTON – Nestled in the SoundLab at 60 Skinner St. is a haven for content creators of all walks of life to roam freely and explore their creative visions.

Nicole da Silva, the manager of the Garage Media Center, wants creators to have a blank canvas and add their pizzazz to the space.

As you enter the building, white walls and floors meet high industrial ceilings.

The main objective of the establishment is to give the residents of Brockton a place that will encourage their growth.

“Brockton has so much creativity it’s overwhelming, but we don’t have the spaces for that,” da Silva said.

Barbatt Jocelyn, a Brockton resident and director of the SoundLab’s recording studio, understands the challenges teenagers face in Brockton when it comes to extracurricular activities.

“It’s honestly disappointing that more money is being spent on gentrification than on young people, this will ultimately be the future of the city,” Jocelyn said.

Director Czarr Freeman reviews a shot with camera operator Chris Ruiz during a video shoot at the Garage Media Center at SoundLab in Brockton during the center's open house on Sunday August 28, 2022.

“The lack of opportunity for people raised in Brockton is the exact reason why some feel like it’s a place they need to escape. That’s why we’re doing our best to create these opportunities,” said Jocelyn.

The center offers several services to use for a fee, from the podcasting room, a cyclorama wall for music videos and a transparent wall for photo shoots.

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“The culture and energy of the Sound Lab and Garage Media Center is unmatched while providing a safe and comfortable environment for creatives. Everyone is welcome here,” da Silva said.

As self-taught producers, da Silva and Jocelyn can help you produce your podcast, style photoshoots, create content concepts, and edit the projects.

Barbatt Jocelyn, left, the SoundLab recording studio manager in Brockton, begins shooting a music video during an open house on Sunday August 28, 2022, with artist CEZ, who recently released an album.  Jocelyn uses a state-of-the-art mirrorless digital camera capable of 4K video that offers cinematic quality resolution.

“At Sound Lab, it’s a one-stop shop. You can write and record a song and then shoot the music video in the same place,” da Silva said.

The center is completely white, giving creators full control over their photo shoots or video clips.

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Set building is one of da Silva’s many specialties. Her favorite part of the process is turning a blank canvas into something magical.

Former Cardinal Spellman never imagined her life to find herself here working at the center and embracing her artistic abilities.

“I didn’t learn how to do this in college. I just took a camera and taught myself, and eventually you get better with time,” da Silva said.

Jocelyn and da Silva have worked with hundreds of artists in the Brockton area and hope to work with more.

“The Garage provides a space with professionals who can help not only facilitate, but also guide and teach young creatives,” Jocelyn said.

To book any of the services, visit www.soundlabma.com.

Alisha Saint-Ciel, corporate staff reporter, can be reached by email at [email protected] You can follow her on Twitter at @alishaspeakss and Instagram at Alishaatv. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.

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