Why You Need Hands-On Learning When it Comes to Audio

If you ask any professional, any music producer, any audio engineer, any radio broadcaster, any filmmaker, you ask them, “What’s the best way to learn?” They’ll all tell you that they all learned hands-on. You can’t learn this stuff out of a book. You can’t learn how to be a great filmmaker or a great music producer or broadcaster out of a book. And you can’t learn it in a classroom.

That’s not to say that there’s no place for theory and classrooms. There are, as long as you keep yourself out of debt. But if you really are serious about a career in music, radio, or film and just to say media, you’ve got to find someone who will allow you to extern under them and to learn hands-on.

You’ve got to get your hands on the software, on the hardware, on the cameras, on the consoles. You’ve got to get your hands on the microphones. You’ve got to get inside the broadcasting booth, inside the film production company or on the set, inside the recording studio, and you’ve got to work with real clients. If you don’t do that, you’ll never, ever, ever work in the business.

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