How could I define these career goals?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Douglas Carmichael, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. (First, I apologize for the crosspost, but I don't know which group
    this posting would be better suited for because it encompasses both
    audio and video.)

    I've been thinking about where I see myself in ten years. While I have
    been able to codify _what_ I see
    myself doing as part of the job, the part that I am not able to codify
    is both how to describe it and what type of position/occupation it
    would be described _as_.

    Here are the elements of the position I have thought about. Does
    anyone have a clue as to _where_ you would see this type of position
    and _what_ you would describe it as?
    * Building/specifying, managing, and maintaining computer
    systems/networks used in A/V applications (Includes: UNIX system
    administration, Mac/PC support, Cisco hardware, etc.)
    * Producing audio content e.g. as a production assistant mostly on the
    audio side because that is where my interests lie, but also having a
    healthy knowledge of video.
    * Integrating multiple A/V devices and elements according to
    specifications for a facility or production. (show control, facility
    integration, e.g. theaters, conference rooms, etc.)
    * Coordinating special events/productions according to the
    requirements of the facility, including managing all technical
    elements and communicating with event management.
    * Mixing live/broadcast audio concent in real-time when needed.

    Any comments welcome.

    Douglas Carmichael, Sep 3, 2004
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    Larry J. Guest

    Waiving the right to remain silent,
    (Douglas Carmichael) said:
    Go work for a good AV staging company. You'll do all of that, and

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    Tony Morgan Guest

    Though I have no employment record specifically in video/audio
    production I'd suggest that you consider the number of employment
    positions that are relevant to the above (and the "normal" salary

    Of the above list that you give, I would suggest that the first gives
    you the greatest potential of well paid employment into the largest
    number of positions. Indeed, in my view it is the best to go for, since
    the skills/experience are transferable into a wide spectrum of
    employment opportunities - far more so than any of the others. The
    demand for particular skill-sets change in time, and I would always
    advise on going for something that is (and will remain) transferable to
    met those changing demands.
    Tony Morgan, Sep 3, 2004
  4. Bravo.
    Then down the road a piece, the original poster will have an excellent
    opportunity to refine his career goals after gaining some real life
    knowledge of the audio and video industries.

    Bill F.
    Bill Farnsworth, Sep 3, 2004
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    Mike Rivers Guest

    Sounds like you would be a valuable asset to a multimedia production
    company. I have no idea what they'd call you. Probably you'd be a
    multimedia producer with computer hardware and software support

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    Mike Rivers, Sep 4, 2004
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    sycochkn Guest

    Without some sort of realated college degree, you will probably pigeonholed
    into what you do best in the eyes of your employer. You need to get as high
    in food chain that you can as quickly as possible. You frankly at some point
    need to become as preadatory as possible, in order to do what you want as
    opposed to what others want of you. Isn't it sad?

    sycochkn, Sep 4, 2004
  7. Actually, I _am_ pursuing a 2-year associates' degree in multimedia
    arts from College of DuPage, a Chicago-area community college
    ( I also plan to do 2 more years at a 4
    year school.

    Douglas Carmichael, Sep 4, 2004
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    Though I have no employment record specifically in video/audio

    What kind of double talk is this ? Talk like this in _MY_ interview,
    and I'll toss you back onto the street. I've got no time for BS artists.
    Steve Guidry, Sep 5, 2004
  9. "Steve Guidry"
    No shit!

    Granted, there some in the production industry that has that career
    philosophy. Fortunately, (as most of us who have actually made long time
    careers in this biz know, those individuals with that philosophy may make a
    momentary big flash. But they don't last nearly as long as the majority that
    are in this business for the love of the craft.

    Bill F.
    Bill Farnsworth, Sep 5, 2004
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    Bill Fright Guest

    I used to shoot a lot of guest/celebrity presentations in convention
    centers and hotel ballrooms. I would always be nervous about the AV team
    because I often had to rely on them for some parts of the shows.
    Sometimes these shows were huge and complicated and having a quality AV
    leader was a big deal.

    Perhaps as a career you could look into upper scale Hotels or convention
    centers to use your skills. It is a large responsibility and imagine the
    pay could be quite attractive.

    Bill Fright, Sep 5, 2004
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    actorguy2001 Guest

    I shoot a lot of theatrical events and I have one big rule: Never
    trust the sound guy! There are lots of qualified people out there,
    but more often than not it's just somebody who didn't have anything
    else to do that day.

    Ven Hawkins
    actorguy2001, Sep 11, 2004
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    Ron Capik Guest

    Hmmm, being somewhat between gigs (so to speak) how does one
    get on the list of folks that " ...didn't have anything else to do" on
    said given day?

    Ron Capik
    [Ummm, retired ( so to speak... ) ]
    Ron Capik, Sep 11, 2004
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