So you would like to make a living working in a studio? Is it as simple as going to college and doing a music technology course or is it a case of making tea for as long as it takes? Here are our top 5 tips.
- Work so you know everything, act like you know nothing.
Two things will kill you dead in your tracks, first not knowing what you are doing and secondly not listening and acting like you have nothing left to learn. Work hard to learn the craft of recording, whilst maintaining humility - that combination will make you friends and get you work.
- Offer to work for FREE
We don’t mean forever, but if you have spare evenings or weekends then call up a studio and offer to be a spare pair of hands. It may mean doing some menial tasks. but make yourself useful, or even better so indispensable that hiring you is a no brainer.
- Get a special talent
I got my first break by being one of the only guys around to be able to programme some pretty complicated pieces of gear, that got me a lot of cool gigs with top name acts and the rest was history. A studio will expect the basics like working the Pro Tools rig or miking up, but add a talent no one has and you’re ahead of the rest.
- Two ears, one mouth
Listen to everything, from client wishes, engineers tricks and mixes, be a sponge, take everything in you can. Only give advice when you are asked for it, you may think you’re an undiscovered production genius but let people find them out for themselves.
- Get recommendations
Be sure to get some good written reports of your work from people you have worked for, the more recommendations you can get for both your work and your character the better.
An old friend of mine has a saying “it takes 20 years to become an overnight success”. Follow our top 5 habits and you might do it in half the time. If you’re a studio owner, what do you look for?