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I imagine that there are a few people who are in the Audio business that frequent this forum.


Any tips/ideas/suggestions for someone looking to get into the industry?


I am looking for a career change, and with all the time I spend obsesing about audio, I feel that this would be a interesting field to work in.


How did you get involved?



Thanks. JR
 

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Just be careful. There's no better way to sour you on a great hobby than to make it your profession.
 

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Very Wise Words, PF


I asked a mentor of mine once - what does it takes to make a living at what he did - He paused for a minute - then looked me straight in the eye and said "It helps to have a spouse that works!"
 

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I worked in the industry years ago. It can be a hard business to make any money in. Look around, every year it seems that hundreds of hobbyists try to make a business out of it. And every year, hundreds of them fade away. Like PF said, it could be a great way to ruin the joy. When you're pushing and scraping to make the rent it isn't nearly as much fun. I enjoy it far more now that it is a hobby. I'd say if you want to try it, start in sales working for someone else. That way you're getting paid something to see how it works and learn about the business. You'll soon start to see where you might go from there. I think for example that even if you wanted to manufacture something that a background in sales would be very advantageous. Good luck!
 

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Yes, I enjoyed being a recording engineer. I could do it for free. Unfortunately studio work wasn't paying enough for the quality of life I wanted. Live sound was better pay, but I hated living out of a suitcase.


Many studios still use the ol' apprentiship method. You will starve, but it's better than those recording schools. Artistcally you have to train your ears.


If you are talking about the technical side, I would say you need to learn electronics. You need to know your analog and digital circuits. I went to BCIT. If I could do it all over, I would start in electronics and then apprentice at a studio.


Vernon's a hard place to start an audio career. Isn't it?


BTW I cannot listen to a show, movie, concert, or CD without analyzing it. I just know too much what went into making it.
 

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How to make a small fortune in the audio business...


Start with a large fortune. ;^)


Sorry, it's an "oldie but goodie".


The above advice should not be discounted, but I'll say that when you see an idea take shape and actually work it's a sort of compensation that money can't really buy.


If it becomes "just a job" then you are already in trouble. You have to find a niche that fits what YOU really want to do, and your skills. Making enough money so you can AFFORD all this feel good stuff is the trick.


I second the "wife that works" comment too.


Ron
 

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Well thanks for the advice.


Bluedevils: familiar with vernon? I do find it hard to get involved with audio here.


Goo point about souring my hobby. It doesn't take long to become bored with your job.


Well hopefully some opertunities pop-up.


Thanks again
 

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If you find a job you like you will never have to work again. At least that is how I see it.
 

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Well I was born and raised in the Vancouver area. When I did live sound, I toured BC and Alberta.


Having a job that you are the most passionate about and making enough money to support a family comfortably can be two different things. I'm a UNIX admin now and I like the job, but not quite as much as the recording industry. The thing is I don't have to worry about money now. In the end that has brought me more happiness. If I won the lottery, I would make a recording studio and mix/record music/movies for free or something very reasonable.


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Well thanks for the advice.


Bluedevils: familiar with vernon? I do find it hard to get involved with audio here.


Goo point about souring my hobby. It doesn't take long to become bored with your job.


Well hopefully some opertunities pop-up.


Thanks again
 

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Having a job that you are the most passionate about and making enough money to support a family comfortably can be two different things. I'm a UNIX admin now and I like the job, but not quite as much as the recording industry. The thing is I don't have to worry about money now. In the end that has brought me more happiness. If I won the lottery, I would make a recording studio and mix/record music/movies for free or something very reasonable.
Ahh, thats the catch.


If only we could get payed what we need to do the job we want.


That reminds me, I should run out and get my super 7 ticket!!
 

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I'm the product Specialist For a HI END British Audio Co (does that count as the "Industry"?). But I Cannot Put the Name Down (Rules are Rules)(click on profile) and I Love it. I work for a great Co. with the most amazing Products. Oh and the Folks that I work for are simply the best.




I never would have thought that I would be working here. I was working at XXXXXXX selling Home theater gear and this Customer Walked in.I just started talking to him just as I would with any other customer. He Happened to be the pres. of the Co. Well he was so impressed that he offered me a job and I have been here ever since. That is why I tell all my friends who still work at Xxxxxx how important it is to talk to everybody who walks in because you never know who you might be talking to.







Cheers



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Perhaps getting in to sales could help me.

There is one HIFI shop in town, (where I have made my last purchases) and unfortunalty the owner runs it and has no need for any salespeople right now. I have been reminding him that he should golf more...and have given my resume to him for part-time work if needed. The only other places in town are high pressure/multi product stores (sorta like bestbuy).


Well, if I keep looking something is bound to pop-up.


Thanks again,


JR
 

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:D THANKS :D


no matter if it is a Walkman or a Fullblown HT set up with a plasma treat everbody the same. Because that walkman Customer MIGHT or WILL come back and Buy a fullblown HT set up from you. Work Smarter not Harder.



Later





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