The world of audio production is very competitive. There are many people out there with the required skills and not enough jobs for them. If you want to land that freelance job in audio production you have to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. Here are our top 5 tips to help you land that freelance job in audio production.
1) Have Great Skills
You may be able to somehow bluff your way into you first freelance job in audio production, but if your skills aren’t up to scratch you are going to be found out pretty quickly. Your finished product is the important thing and you will soon either become known as someone who is great, or someone who really should be looking for another career. This is a very competitive field and only the very good to great audio producers get to survive.
Therefore, before you even start trying to land that freelance production job, make sure that you actually have the skills that you need to impress. You want to be remembered for being great. This will undoubtedly lead to more work. It’s a small world and your reputation is everything. If you aren’t capable of doing the task, aim for something different, or take more time to refine your skills.
2) Don’t Aim for The Big Guys – Yet
We are all about aiming high and having ambition, but landing jobs in audio production you have to walk before you can run. It is all about gaining experience and building up a great reputation. We know that you want to land those big clients, but this is going to take time. Target some of the up and coming artists and studios. This will help to build up your portfolio of work.
Once you get more experience you will then have the confidence, the ability and the reputation to aim for the more difficult to win clients. You need a solid foundation so that you can gradually build up to the work that you really want.
Being able to network successfully is crucial in the industry. There is often a lot of luck involved as well as hard work. You never know when one contact will lead to another, so be prepared to network as much as you can.
3) Have an Online Presence to Impress
We live in a digital age. The world of audio production is deeply rooted in advanced technology so you must show that you are aware of the importance of an online presence. You can be sure that any prospect is going to Google your name, so make sure that when they do there is something impressive for them to see. This website is exactly what I’m talking about! Read about me on the About page.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to set up a website. There are so many easy ways to build a website these days. You do not need an expensive web designer to help you. All you need is a decent domain name and some time to set up a website. You can use this to showcase your work and to say something about who you are.
Once you have set up your website you need to think about your social media presence. People who are thinking of hiring you for a project will look at your Facebook page. Think about how you want to present yourself to prospective freelance clients rather than how you want to connect with your friends.
It is advisable to have a Facebook Page which relates to your professional portfolio as this is an excellent way to promote yourself with possible clients. They want to see how great you are at your job, not whether or not you have liked the latest cat video.
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