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    Hi, I'm 18 years old, currently studying Physics, Chemistry, Computing at A2 which is completely irrelevant to what I want to do.
    I've always been seriously passionate about music I want to go into sound engineering, producing, but as long as it pays enough to live on, I'll do pretty much anything to do with music. Does anyone have any advice they could give on what to do when I finish my A-levels?
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    Essentially try and get work ex in a studio now.

    Whereabouts are you? Could you essentially get 'a Saturday job' somewhere?

    This type of work, you have to know people and do it that way

    if you do it this way, you can speak to people and they will tell you what to do next.

    You can also try radio stations and hospital radio stations or offbeat channels like Resonance (Google. Probably out of your area but this kind of thing.

    The other thing you could do is look up producers and sound engineers whose work you admire and contact them. Speak positively about your interest and ask would it be at all possible, should they be willing, even though they must be extremely busy, to sit with them and watch them work one day.

    These jobs involve long hours in a dark space with a load of kit for company so they might like the company.

    Find out if anyone does open days.

    I worked in TV for a long time, I always found working with composers a highlight. You could try all of the above with composers. They tend to be all rounders ie they do music and kit and engineering.

    I should add that, when it comes to watching people work express some awareness that they may be working for a client and there may be issues around confidentiality of the work in progress.

    Good luck with it. But start looking now for bits and bobs where you can get an insight before thinking about a job


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