How to Become a Sound Technician

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There are many career choices out there today for the sound technician. Sound technicians work everywhere from Broadway and community theaters to movie and television studios. The job field is one that is growing and with the right technological knowledge, and the drive to succeed, one can easily start a new career in the world of sound. Read on to learn how to become a sound technician.

Things You'll Need

  • At least a two year college degree or technical college certification
  • Your first step in becoming a sound technician is to look into college degree programs that offer a degree in audio technology, or in theater with an emphasis in sound design. Many colleges offer these degrees. You can go online to the College Board site to do a search for programs in your area.

  • Next try to get as much out of your degree program as you can. Most colleges will offer a multitude of opportunities for a student sound designer to acquire hands on learning through school productions, school television stations and school radio stations. There are many places that you can start learning your craft while still being in college.

  • After you have finished your program and have graduated with a degree, you will usually be placed (or will have to find placement) in an internship under an experienced designer. This is your chance to not only further learn your career but it is also a great chance to get a door within your field of choice. If you want to work in theater, it's probably not the smartest idea to get an internship in television, and vice versa. The harder you work during this internship, the better chance you will get of a job offer within the company you are interning with. Also you will have much better references if you work hard during your internship.

  • The next step is to design a portfolio/resume. List any companies, productions, television shows or movies that you have worked on, or with, including the productions you were involved with during your time in college. Make your portfolio as professional looking as you can with no spelling errors, grammatical errors, and typed in the correct format.

  • Your final step is to either accept a job if you have been offered one by the company that you are interning with, or apply for other jobs within your desired field. As long as you prepare yourself, and present yourself in a professional way, you will be working as a sound technician in no time.

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