A Day in a Life of an Audio Producer

A Day in a Life of an Audio Producer
22 November 2021    Tammy Sofranic    0 comments
Have you ever wondered what does an audio producer do? It's not a career path many talk about, yet it can be rather creative and interesting! So, if you're at a crossroads of deciding what's an ideal career for you, you might be in the right place.

Keep reading below to hear first hand about what's it like to work as an audio producer. 

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Maryanne - Audio Producer 

What is your job title?

Co-Founder of Square Sound
Head of Production (Audio Producer)

Can you shortly describe a typical day on the job? 

Most days can be spent in front of a computer and on the phone, so when I am in the studio, I keep myself actively engaged in person, with actors, authors and directors, to ground staff, including studio technicians and client services.
My role encompasses strategies for growth within the business, marketing, workflow and creative projects. I can be found at any time of the day, engaging with audio clients, voice/acting agents, publishers and authors, doing calendar management, casting, creative budgets, preparation for audio titles, training, and voice auditions. 
I can often be found audio editing into the evening on a new title or podcast, with a cup of tea in hand.  

Why did you choose this career path? What or who inspired you to do so?

Forging a career in audio happened while I was doing what I enjoy. Someone once asked me, if I had all the money in the world, what would I be doing? And I know I’d be creating something. Right now, that is creating audio stories.
Those who stand in their light inspire me, especially triple threat performers like Meow Meow. It’s important to have people in my circle that are good at what they do. This keeps me engaged in my own betterment.

What would you say are three key personality aspects or skills for your role?

1. Authenticity is important in all aspects of creative work.

2. Giving things a go even when there is no manual guide. Nothing is too hard to achieve with the right vision and considered budget.

​3. Editing and production skills have made my job more creative and expansive, as I understand projects from the inside out.

What have you learned about yourself through the work that you do?

I have learnt that if I stay focused on what I like and want, I get more of this.  However, if I focus on what I don’t want, this show’s up too.

What’s been your best moment while doing your work?

There are so many…. The most satisfying time in any production is when the recording phase is complete. Bring the champagne out now! This is very satisfying. The edit and master is the icing on top, important, but not the main event.  It’s also fun connecting with people and being creative.

And a really hard moment?

I had to leave work for many months in 2018, due to illness and it impacted all aspects of my life and my job.  However, it forced me to change how I was operating, set a strong work and home life balance and resulted in me becoming the first remote worker in my company (something we all know very well now!).

How do you keep going when things get challenging?

My team and my clients (publishers and creators) are a big part of why I keep going when things are hard. I also meditate, this is super important.

Are there any surprising or odd things that people wouldn’t expect if they picked this career?

1. You learn about topics you wouldn’t ordinarily seek out. 
2. Recording books are not as fluid as the end product sounds. It takes a good director and a prepared narrator for an audiobook to come together well. A great editor helps too, but you still need to get the recording right from the source. 
Think about watching a professional dancer…. They make it look so easy on stage! But, we all know how hard it is without the skills and endurance to pull those moves off so gracefully.

What advice would you give to young people considering pursuing a career in this industry?

Be authentic and do what makes you feel good, but don’t ignore your edges. Generally, you can tell something is right for you when there is a little fear of the unknown involved. Rest assured, this is the right way!
There are many avenues that you can pursue to get involved in audio production work.  Be curious and consider study pathways in TAFE, and mentorships. I did a diploma in Music Industry Sound Production at RMIT, and they assisted my first work placement opportunity, which ultimately led me to where I am today. 
I continue to study and seek out new mentors and people to collaborate with.  This is essential for growth and keeping things fun.

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