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"Using Your Ears To Convey Emotion Is Not A Task For The Lighthearted...
I was surprised when I attended school to learn that there is a lot of complexity to the human ear. most students are shocked when they attend class and find out we do a lot of medical learning." (Audio Engineer; 2013)
"To Become An Audio Technician You Should Study Technology And Focus On The Small Companies...
The most surprising thing is how much work can be put in for small concerts and other shows to go off without a hitch. It is so much small work to combine for the big picture to set off a great show." (Audio Tech/ Camera Operator/ Freelancer; 2013)
"Research Your Equipment If Becoming A Technician Is Desired...
As an audio-visual technician at an entertainment complex in Las Vegas, I am surprised how relaxed my work environment is at my place of employment. In this particular position in this career field, there is a fine line between work and play. I thoroughly enjoy my job very much, and look forward to going to work every day. I only wish for more pay per hour." (Audio Visual Technician; 2013)
"Never Stop Learning...
The thing that has surprised me the most about being an audio designer is the amount of "people skills" required to do the job well. Besides technical and audio knowledge, you really have to know how to deal with different personality types and different learning styles in order to succeed in this career." (Audio Designer; 2013)
"Networking For Radio...
I didn't realize that the radio profession was very difficult to maintain a job in. The more automation happens, the less actual man-hours are needed." (Radio Broadcaster; 2013)
"Keeping Skills Current Is Very Important...
It is surprising to many to find an abundance of opportunities in a wide array of fields for an audio engineer, including television, radio, live events, corporate events, and post production." (Audio Technician; 2013)
"Disc Jockeys Don't Have It As Easy As It Looks. It Is Not All The Status Of Being On Air...
I think that a formal education is important but learning this business is more of a hands on thing. and it has changed greatly. I would tell students to go to their local stations and ask if they can hang out and learn. Also being air talent is only half of it. it is good if you have other skills such as sales. Only Big time markets pay big time cash." (Disc Jockey; 2013)
"Be A People Pleaser...
Most aspiring audio engineers and technicians would be surprised to know just how long a recording session can last. Being alert in the studio for more than 12 hours at a time is a challenging and surprising thing." (Audio Technician; 2013)
Freelance Audio Engineer: "The clients I get to work with are usually extremely quirky and unorthodox, and as such they're usually really interesting people. I also get to set my own hours and not have to answer to anybody, which is amazing. Being a freelancer means that I have to constantly struggle to make sure I have clients, and that means I may be out of work for days at a time occasionally. Work can be sporadic, which means money can be sporadic." (2011)
Audio Designer: "If you want to be a successful audio designer, you should never miss out on an opportunity to learn more about the field. Check out websites and message boards related to audio. Talk to everyone from wedding DJs to professional concert sound guys to architectural designers. Never stop learning." (2013)
Audio Tech/ Camera Operator/ Freelancer: "To get this position you should really focus on the technical side of the business. Look all over for small companies offering any kind of position and you can work your way up from there." (2013)
Audio Technician: "In order to be an audio technician or engineer, you must have a pleasant go-getter attitude. It also helps if you study a little bit of psychology because musicians tend to relax and enjoy the experience more when they feel comfortable. The positive attitude you bring to the job is what will get you better recommendations and more work." (2013)
Audio Visual Technician: "If you are interested in becoming an audio-visual technician or technical director, it would be best to learn as much about the equipment you might be using. Finding equipment manuals or looking online at job requirements for audio-visual technicians would be a great start." (2013)
Audio Technician: "Audio engineering is an extremely fluid field, with changes in relevant technology and skills frequently happening. Be invested in maintaining those skills for the life of your career." (2013)
Audio Engineer: "I would advise all new students to get very familiar with your equipment, as you will use it 90 percent of you time." (2013)
Disc Jockey: "Being a Disc Jockey is a very hard field to break into. You have to have the talent both on and off air. the ability to do other things such as sales or accounting to get by at your station." (2013)
Radio Broadcaster: "The key to working in media or local radio, is to get in touch with the right contacts. Sometimes networking is the only way to go." (2013)
Freelance Audio Engineer: "Never stop networking with people. You will never find a good job in the audio industry if you don't know how to talk to people. You need to constantly stay in the loop of what the newest techniques are or what the hot new ticket is so you can stay at the top of the food chain. A degree always looks nice, but it's your skills that matter most to people in this industry. No one cares if you have a Master's Degree, but if you're really good at what you do you won't have any problems." (2011)