SOUND DESIGN 4 DUMMIES: WORK, TIME & MONEY
Nowadays you will find a lot people doing the same stuff you do. Even if you are GRAPHIC DESIGNER, PHOTOGRAPHER, WRITER, DIRECTOR, and a NeverEnding ETC.
No matter how hard you try you will ALWAYS find someone better or someone WORST than you. BUT this is not what you should be thinking when you do your work. The Experience you gain will be always the BEST CARD in the table.
Because anyone have TIME (not even to read this) I will get straight to the point: YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO SHOW SOME WORK.
Even if you make it for a fake BRAND or COMPANY as a portfolio, clients will get the idea. I know some of you Probably think this is an obvious point, but it´s not. Many people don´t consider this until they QUIT, before thinking: "WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?" and start working in something they hate.
s not working... change the method"</b></i><br><br> <i> (quote from confucious, einstein...or someone who really f$%ed up things in his life several times...tesla?)</i><br><br>In this brief GAMASUTRA post, Writer Corey Warning from Jumpdrive Studios explain to us how they choose a SOUND DESIGNER from the thousands of e-mails they receive when they were hiring a SD.<br><br><a href="http://gamasutra.com/blogs/CoreyWarning/20150619/246574/How_We_Chose_Our_Sound_Designer.php">http://gamasutra.com/blogs/CoreyWarning/20150619/246574/How_We_Chose_Our_Sound_Designer.php (includes an example video)</a><br><br><br><b>TIME (ticking away the yarara yara of the blablablaaa)</b><br><br>From my experience you always have to give the BEST no matter if you are doing something you consider as a sh"%tty Work. The only thing that can change the quality of your work it could be: the TIME you dont have or the TIME your Client demands you. <br>So you better be ready when after a ,"NO-WORK AT ALL" season & you receive 5 offers at the same time, to be very Honest with your clients about YOUR time. <br><br> <b> <i>"You realize you are good at something when You Learn to say NO"</i></b><br><br> <i>(Pavarotti ... yes this one is accurate) <br></i><br><br><b>NO MONEY NO PROBLEMS!</b> (yeah right,,, and who pay the damn bills?)<br><br>If you are a Student, you will always find things very LAME at the begining. First no one its going to PAY YOU what they SHOULD, and they will call you JR. Because the SENIORS have to feel better with them selves, and buy fanzy cars to compensate their poor lack of sex with their wives.<br><br>After some Years you Will get paid a little MORE, and luckily You will get REALLY REALLY stressed out & say something like: <b>SCRE·"$ YOU and YOUR LAME SOUND STUDIO!</b> throw your old computer (that wasnt Updated since ´96)through a window and say the MAGIC WORDS: <br><br> <b>I AM A FREE-LANCER!!! </b><br><br><b> </b> <i>(Shout it like Connan The Barbarian)</i><br><br>So things are getting serious Now. You are your own Boss, want to do a million Projects in one day, and Your Confidence will endure only the first month. The first thing you should do its to take only 2 free days and then Starting to work in something to show to your future clients as if someone is pointing to your head with a Spoon (a very SHARP spoon). <br><br>After sending a lot of e-mails to places you dont even known exist like A little studio from Timbuktu called "RAN THAIRS LAION" and missed your first payment because all the studio was literally EATEN by a family of hippos, you will do the WORST THINGs ANYONE CAN DO: work for free or work with very very young people.
Remember Young Padawan dark days will come when you become a Free-lancer but depends on you to let the brighter days to come. You get what you give.
WORKING for free ITS NOT COOL: THis one is for the OLDSKOOL
Unless you are doing something as a hobby, for a real friend or a family member, never do something for free. Everybody I mean EVERYBODY feels afraid sometimes about loosing their jobs or being replaced by the NEW YOUNG BLOOD GANG who have so much energy that don´t know how to use it and waste it everywhere as an UNCONTROLLED FIREMAN HOSE.
Many friends that works in the multimedia business don´t understand That someone new can offer him/herself to do things for less MONEY but they lack of WORKFLOW. So their TACKY Bosses will Take them under the Wing, forgetting that new JRS will take at least 2 or 3 months of trainning and then FINISH A WORK you do in ONE DAY in at least 5 days. WORKFLOW BABY! WORKFLOW!
BEING A HIPPY OR CAPITALIST: Y U NO HIPPY-TALIST?
SO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. ALWAYS WORK YOUR CONFIDENCE. BE ORGANIZED. MEDITATE.
DO SOME EXCERCISE. ALWAYS KEEP UPDATED WITH WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OUTSIDE. TRY TO KNOW YOUR CLIENTS PERSONALLY. STAY AWAY FROM HIPPOS. LEARN NEW THINGS. TRY TO KNOW YOUR CLIENTS PERSONALLY & BE HONEST WITH THEM. TRY TO FIX YOUR MIND AND PERSONAL PROBLEMS. AND PLEASE GET "F" OUT OF YOUR CONFORT ZONE.
Author: Le Siül