My goal is a career as a sound designer. This job involves making the sound effects for for a  variety of media and arts sectors including film, television, theatre and video games. Sound designers source different sounds and often create and record original new material to create the desired effect. When they have all the desired sound effects, sound designers edit them in a computer using the latest software and then work with the re-recording mixer to smooth out all the effects tracks. Sound designers may be employed by Audio Post Production Houses, or work on a freelance basis.

To do this role, you will need to:

  • Have a genuine enthusiasm for sound and film
  • Have a good understanding of acoustics
  • Have an expert knowledge of sound recording and editing techniques
  • Have excellent listening skills
  • Have creativity and imagination
  • Be able to work conceptually
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be able to work under pressure to tight, changing deadlines
  • Have good organisational and financial skills
  • Understand the relevant health and safety laws and procedures

I have all of these skills to some degree, however, there are some in which i need to significantly improve if i am to have a successful career as a sound designer, such as having a good understanding of acoustics and an expert knowledge of sound recording and editing techniques. This is mostly due to a lack of experience working in the post production sound industry. Therefore in order to improve my abilities i am going to undertake a short term work placement at a local post-production sound studio to help further my understanding of the industry and thus increase my chances of being employed in the future.

Being a sound designer is not an entry level job. It takes years of working your way through the various roles in the sound industry before you are experienced enough to be a professional sound designer. I think a good place to start would be as an ADR recordist. This is a more realistic starting point for somebody who has little experience of the sound industry. Working as an ADR recordist will develop my understanding of the skills and knowledge that are essential when working with sound as well as provide great networking opportunities. I am therefore going to look for a work placement in one of the local sound studios that specialise in ADR and voiceover recording as i believe that is the best way for me to start my path to becoming a professional sound designer.