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What would be a good way to get introduced into becoming a sound technician? Answered

Recently in my Media Productions Class, we have had guest speakers come in and talk to us about their jobs and getting jobs and so forth.  We even had a chance to get Don Bluth (If you don't know him you will recognize the movies he has worked on) to come in and talk to all of our Media Productions and Art classes.
Anyway, I've been thinking I want to be a sound technician, you know, someone who edits sounds and etc., I'm 15 right now, what would be a good way to get introduced into this profession?



Best Answer 8 years ago

I used to work for a cable tv company in their studio.  most cable companies have what is called "Local Origination" or a local channel that tells about community events.  You are a bit YOUNG for being an INTERN but it does not hurt anyone to ask questions at the local cable company.  They will probably be happy to show you their sound board and other quick tour of the local origination studio if you ask nicely. explain you are interested in a career someday as a sound-board man... or person.  You would also likely be used as a cameraman during remote shoots.  The DOWNSIDE of being an intern is there is NO PAY for the job. That's OK when you are young because you can afford NO PAY.  So it is an opportunity that is only available until you have a family and must earn money to pay bills.  The UP SIDE of this is you will likely eventually be placed ON THE PAYROLL !!  At our studio, we had weekly meetings where the producer talked to all the employees... technicians, soundman, cameramen, (and women)  Set workers...etc... and occasionally the subject came up of which INTERN was ready for being placed on the payroll due to his knowledge and quality contributions lately. 
Cable tv companies like to be friendly and approachable to the local community.  They might give FREE videocamera operation lessons or other opportunities.  Dont be shy... Dress clean... ask to speak to the producer if he is not busy.  Have a list of questions you want to ask before you go. Good luck !!

Talk to your teacher, and get back in touch with those guest speakers! 

You should prepare a one page (single sided!) resume.  Picture (a good, professional pic like your yearbook picture), name and contact info, and a description of whatever experience you've had that would be relevant. 

Pass those back to the speakers who interested you, and if possible have your teacher include a cover note.   Make sure you write a cover letter explaining why their work is most interesting to you, and ask if they have any summer internships available.  Internships are usually unpaid, and you do crap work, but its how you meet people in the industry.

If you live in an industry area (like L.A. or Vancouver), you should check the trade papers and magazines for advertisements.  See who is offering internships and cold-call them (telephone), or mail them your resume and a cover letter.

Now, you should take my advice with a grain of salt.  I absolutely loathe cold-calling, and never ever did a good job networking with visiting experts until I already had a secure job.  So I'm speaking somewhat theoretically, but I know what I like to get from people looking for work.