In this session, we seek to explore topics relevant to contract audio developers composers and sound designers, VO and contract audio directors in an effort to demystify the process of professional development when you’re on your own. We will highlight the differences between working in and out of house, while offering suggestions, strategies, and anecdotes from our own work experience that will plant the seeds for attendees to cultivate their own booming entrepreneurial selves. Topics will be divided into several sides of the ‘audio entrepreneur self’.
Social entrepreneur we will demonstrate a few different networking styles, discussing what has and hasn’t worked for us, and why it can take so long to build a steady client base. The social side will also include how to trace trends in social networks that might lead to business opportunity.
Professional entrepreneur we will discuss the differences between the career ladder in and out of house, how your current project will influence your next move, and how to understand the market needs vs what you have to offer. We will also touch on how to track financial trends in games in order to determine where to look for your next gig.
Life entrepreneur this will cover some regular ‘life lessons’ that touch on self development, in both the creative and technical sides of audio, while nurturing your uniqueness in order to help you find your own voice and marketing angle. We will also discuss family balance, friends and familial sacrifice, and how to avoid burnout.