The Business of Audio Engineering

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(Music Pro Guide Books & DVDs). For all the independent engineers diving headfirst into the real world. Once you have trained to become a professional audio engineer, you'll find it's a real jungle out there in the professional world. This book teaches you all you need to know about the professional life of the audio engineer, with business strategies presented by an award-winning top engineer. From attracting clients to keeping them, from hiring studios to working on your own, from dealing with problem artists, producers and labels to handling a crisis, keeping one from happening to getting paid what you're worth, author Dave Hampton has the advice you need to manage your audio engineering career like the business it truly should be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423454007
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
Introduction     xv
Education and Training     1
The Guidance Counselor Is Not Always Right     1
Formal Education     4
Building Confidence     7
Be Satisfied with a Job Well Done     7
Professionalism     13
Know Your Rights in Professional Settings     25
Follow Your Instinct     31
If You Feel Something Is Wrong, It Probably Is     31
Calling Your Own Shots     39
Do What You Do     42
Reputations     47
When You Are Your Own Business, Your Word Is Everything     47
Alliances     51
Commitment Versus Involvement     55
Picking Clients     63
All Clients are NOT the Same     63
Selecting Jobs     67
How Do I Really Get a Job?     75
Get Your Pens Out, This Is Important     75
Internet Resources     82
The Deal You Get Is What You Ask For     88
Knowing Your Value     89
How Much Should You Charge for Your Skills?     89
Find Your Rate     92
Getting Paid     94
Negotiations     98
Wages and Job Opportunities     109
The Guy Next to the Guy     116
The Assistant     117
The Engineer with Representation     117
The Engineer with Gear     118
The Engineer by Default     120
Other Areas for Employment     122
Proposal and Budget Writing     125
Budgets     133
Independent Contracting Versus Corporate Employment
What Is the Difference?     137
Legally Forming Your Own Company     143
When You Are Ready to Make the Plunge     143
Benefits of Forming a Corporation     144
Corporations Do Not Come Without Perceived Potential Disadvantages     146
C Corporations Versus S Corporations     147
Forming an S Corporation     152
Information Frequently Required on Incorporation Documents     154
Compliance Requirements and Consequences     159
The Consequences     162
Compliance Assistance     163
The Actual Incorporation Process     164
Setting Up Long Money Situations     167
Little Money Is Money Too     167
Always Invest a Portion of Your Earnings. Here Are Some Suggestions     168
Insure      170
Visualization     173
Making Your Own Reality     173
Business Survival Stories     183
The New Business Model     183
Real Jobs Get Real Checks!     190
Just Because It's Quiet Doesn't Mean Nothing Is Going On!     193
Resources     197
Magazines     197
Websites     198
Career Websites     199
Organizations to Join     200
Books to Read     200
About the Author     203
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Business Guidance Meets Life Experience in the Music World

    Whether you're the seasoned professional, or the beginning entrepreneur, this book allows you to look at the art of audio-engineering and the principals of the music business from an honest and human perspective. Practical advice, shared experiences and Hampton's 'matter-of-fact' way of presenting the material creates a real-world guide for how to effectively navigate the complex music/entertainment labyrinth. A straight-forward read, with key-learnings on launching and preparing an effective business strategy, establishing a solid work ethic and sharpening some critical life skills. A legend in the audio-engineering ranks, Dave Hampton shares the secrets of what has made him successful over the years through an engaging, entertaining and educational piece of work. A 'Must-have' for anyone serious about the music business or looking to become more agile in the general business world. A+++

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