How can a stay-at-home dad make his audio production chops pay?
December 1, 2008 12:27 PM Subscribe
I have advanced audio production skills, but am mystified as to how to make it pay in my situation. Ideas?
posted by skypieces to Work & Money (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Experience facts: I have spent over ten years working in regional theatre, specifically as a sound designer. I am well-versed in Adobe Audition and can do practically anything I've ever been asked in the over 50 different productions I have worked on. I have cut/mixed score pieces from already-existing music, custom-built loops and beds for scene changes, mixed custom sound effects, recorded and edited voice-over material, produced audio books. I am very adept with hair-splitting details and have a reputation as somewhat of a miracle worker. But, I am self-taught (online forums, trial-and-error, reading the manual, etc). I am not versed in ProTools and other common industry software but I find that anything I want to do I can do in Audition.
I also have some music experience and am adept at making shorter, modular music pieces that I hear are becoming very sought-after online for background use (licensed).
I am a stay-at-home dad now; I need to be able to work from home. There should be little impediment to this with high-speed Internet. I live in a rural area and there are no record companies or ad agencies nearby. The usual/traditional first-thought possibilities are not so useful here. Surely some branch of advertising, audio book publishing, independent film, web design, news, etc. would have use for my services freelance or telecommute. I have searched for months and can't really find anything that seems to fit my needs.
Any advice or point toward a new avenue of research is appreciated.