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What if you don't want to be a record producer?

Everyone wants to be a record producer, but so few can. But there are many other great sound careers out there.

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You might not realize, but there is a whole range of possible careersworking with sound equipment - not just for music, but for speech andsound effects as well.

One such career is theater sound.

It is VERY difficult to become a recording engineer or producer, but itis perfectly possible to set your sights on becoming a theater soundengineer, and achieving your dream.

Your work will initially consist mainly of looking after microphones,cables and radio mics. You could swap radio mics several times duringa performance - it is usually uneconomic to give every performer theirown mic for the whole show.

You will move on to more complex tasks, eventually becoming "No. 1" -the person who operates the front of house console, perhaps on aBroadway show, or in London's West End. It IS possible.

When you have had your fill of that, you can move over to sound design,or to sound system design. You could have your own company creatingsound for a major musical.

Tempted?

Write to the major theater sound companies in your country - only themajor ones mind - and ask them what they recommend. It is likely thatthey will tell you to get trained, then apply for a job.

By David Mellor Thursday March 9, 2006
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