We at Production Expert are passionate about helping talented audio people find their way into working in the audio production industry. Both music and post-production industries are incredibly hard to get into. There are no set paths to follow these days into finding a career which is frustrating for those at the beginning of their professional journeys.
In this article we’ve put together a roundup of our most popular Music Business Advice articles to help those in need of some assistance and guidance to start their paid professional journeys in the audio industry. The vast majority of these articles cover important topics relating to self-employment in the recording industry including finding clients and getting paid.
If you are a creative business owner then it's more than likely you submit work to your clients for approval. Depending on the complexity of the project and of the approvals chain, which can sometimes run into personnel numbering double figures, then it pays to have a workflow that makes the entire approval process as smooth and pain-free as possible.
Over the last two years, there were several moments where my stress levels hit boiling point. I've recognised that these stressful times were caused by a lack of self-control in regards to the 5 points in this article.
If you are a Producer, Engineer or Musician then chances are that you have been asked to work on someone's recording project. That's all well and good, but how do you get compensated for your efforts? - 5 ways of getting paid for your production work.
In our recent survey we learnt that more and more of us are working from home and so here are some suggestions on how to work well at home. Working from home isn't for everyone and it does require an extra level of self-discipline and motivation that can be a challenge at times, especially with family distractions, so here are some thoughts on how to work well from home.
Mike Thornton recently posted Which Cloud Based File Transfer Service Do You Mainly Use? I thought I would branch out from this article and share 5 online services that I use to run my recording studio business. I have used and trusted these services for many years and rely on each one for supporting my daily business duties.
With more and more people working for themselves in the music and post production industries, it can be the best decision you ever make, but without preparation and realistic expectations it can go horribly wrong.
I came across a post on Boom Box Post by Kate Finan on how to set and get the right price for your audio work. So with Kate's permission I reproduce it here. Kate has written it from a film audio post perspective as this is the sector she works in but the principles she outlines apply across the board as few people would truly describe themselves as a level-headed business person and innovative creative mind. It’s difficult to wear both hats well.
A couple of days ago we looked at how clients view us content producers in the creative industries. Now we turn the tables and share our top five tips clients should know about us. Across the team we have been exposed to a lot of industries, yet the creative one seems to have more than its fair share of clients who seem to want us to work for little or no money. Here are 5 things I think all clients who want to work with you should know.
If you want to make money out of your studio then you need to think like a client, here are our top 5 things you need to know about your clients and what matters to them.
There's a saying I learnt from my Dad, in business profit is what you don't spend.
Building an audio business is a costly affair, both in terms of the building and the gear. It's depressing sometimes walking into gorgeous studios that are making no money they have the desk, the rooms, the mics but the profits are not covering all the expense. The problem is that often we need to invest to get the work and sometimes it is for just a single project. It can feel like a catch 22, but there are ways to grow your studio business without spending as much money. Here are 8 ways To build a successful audio business without wasting money.
You've spent your money on lots of gear and sorted out the acoustics sorted on your rooms; now it's time to get people through the door and money in the bank. You may have the best gear in the world, but without any clients then all you have is a nice showroom.
Here are 5 tips to getting people into your studio.
In this article, I list 10 pitfalls that can harm your professional success in the Audio Industry which you should avoid at all costs. We’ve all made mistakes in how we conduct ourselves in business, that’s OK, as long as your learn from your mistakes.
If you are happy to keep restating modern music production cliches you might want to do your homework first.
They say 'do something you love for a living and never work another day in your life.' Rubbish! Working for yourself is hard work, in fact, you'll work harder than you've ever done before, but follow these five simple principles, and you can make a success of it.
Bad habits creep up on us, often when we aren't looking and if we are not careful they get into our workflows and make less effective at best and unable to work at all at worse. In this 2 part series, we take a look at ten bad habits we can have in music and post-production and recommend techniques and strategies to counter each of these bad habits. Here are the second five…
Bad habits creep up on us, often when we aren't looking and if we are not careful they get into our workflows and make less effective at best and unable to work at all at worse. In this 2 part series, we take a look at ten bad habits we can have in music and post-production and recommend techniques and strategies to counter each of these bad habits. Here are the first five...
There are many challenges to making money from your skill working in audio or video creation, but one we never entirely get used to, is having our work criticised.
The fact is there are tens if not thousands of people who can do your job, make sure you don't lose work because you don't pay attention to the small things.
What does it mean to be an audio professional? Russ thinks it is time to start shouting about it!
I'd prefer both given a choice, but give me a great recording engineer with some average gear any day of the week over an amateur with all the toys - I know who will capture the magic.