Opportunity – A occasion or situation that makes it possible to do something that you want to do or have to do or the possibility of doing something.
There are a number of opportunities for people who are interested in pursuing the art of a sound/audio engineer. Someone who wants to work in the audio production industry has the chance to work in a highly technical or unusual industry. From film scores to virtual reality, sound production careers cross a wide variety of areas in the industry that rests at the heart of art, audience and it’s ever-changing technologies.
Audio Engineer – Audio Engineers make sure that recordings are created in the right fashion with the correct equipment. Designing recording rooms or large facilities and mapping out the workflow are also jobs within this career opportunity.
Virtual Reality Audio Producer – Audio Design is critical to creating an immersive virtual world. VR audio producers will have the skills to use ambisonic microphones, directional microphones and other specialised equipment to create a sense engaging virtual world.
Film Recordist – Learning the work of audio production can lead to a career on film sets. From recording vocals and background noises, film recordists focus on the synchronisation with the camera to enable the highest quality engaging sounds to use with the medium of film.
Sound System Designer – There are opportunities to catch a unique role in this specialisation, especially in large shows and festivals. Sound System designers work closely with venues to provide audio support for live acts, reinforcing spoken words and making systems clear. Designers work to balance tone changes, dynamic manipulation and frequent shifting to deliver the best live experience possible for an audience.
A lot of these opportunities are available to those who work towards these career paths by going to university or having the knowledge and hands-on experience in the field. Sound engineering is a unique craft that can offer the opportunity for individuals pursuing the career to work in a number of work environments and be creative with their art.
How can you make your opportunities? I guess the right way to start is to immerse yourself in work relating to the field and gain as much knowledge as you can. Workplaces want someone who is capable of not only doing the job but also thinking outside the box. By experimenting with your field beforehand, you’ll figure out what works for you, your style and capabilities. Get creative, try new things and you might just impress your future boss and snag yourself a place in an extraordinary workplace.