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Whenever I meet people who wants to build career in Sound, their first question is – I want to be a Sound Engineer / Music Producer, where do I start and what is the feasibility of a career in this field?
The answer to this is not a simple one. First it’s important to understand what the difference between a sound engineer, a music producer and a musician is. Most enthusiasts come to me with the idea that they want to build a career in the field of sound, but are unaware about what these fields are to begin with.
Understand the Job Roles
Acquire some hands on experience
Find a good course
Build a Portfolio
I can’t stress this point enough. No matter where you get your degree from, without a strong portfolio it won’t make a difference. At the end of day you have to realize that you are working in an industry that is saturated with new engineers coming out every year. The only way for you to be seen amongst the crowd is to have a strong profile and let your body of work speak for you. The only way for somebody to judge the quality of your service is to judge it by the quality that they can see in your work. I’ve seen a number of students loose out on great opportunities because they lack a good portfolio, don’t make this mistake. Find a course that will help you build this portfolio while you’re learning.
Find a Job or Freelance
Find a mentor
Get in touch with the Sound engineers or producer whose work you really admire and write to them. Finding a good mentor who can help you navigate this ever changing field and can really set you on a path to success.