How to Become a Record Producer

Are you in love with the process of making music? Perhaps you’ve been told you have a keen ear for great music. If so, maybe you should consider a career as a record producer. Record producers are professionals who help recording artists create albums and also the vision of what the artist wants. Producers will overlook the recording process and will work to record the best performance to place on the album. Besides overseeing the recording process, record producers will also take the time to handle the business aspect as well. This means they are in charge of marketing the album and ensuring that the album will not go over budget.
What are the educational requirements of a record producer?
During your high school career, it will work towards your advantage if you participate in afterschool music programs. This will help you get familiar with music. There are even some programs where you can learn how to read and write music. Some offer to show you how to record your own music as well. These programs may not provide the whole spectrum, can still give you a glimpse of what the industry is like.
Most and many producers will have a bachelor’s degree. The major can be dependent on which field you are interested. Since you wish to pursue a music producing career, you should focus on majoring in music. Taking courses in music theory and music arrangement will provide you the fundamentals and foundation needed to understand what it takes to create music. Besides classes that will enhance your musicality, you should also highly consider taking some business courses as well. Those that focus on business management will prove to be extremely useful in your career especially as your reputation grows.
How do I find a job as a record producer?
As with many professions in this industry, you can’t just graduate from school and expect to be a successful record producer. It can take some time before you are even able to get your foot in the door. Record producing is a highly competitive career that many people wish to be successful in. Besides your talent, there will be other things you can do in order to build your reputation and perhaps begin the process of working your way up the ranks.
While in college it is highly recommended that you take an internship. In addition to giving you working experience, an internship can open many doors for networking and help you establish relationships. Always remember who you meet and always be professional. You may be able to work closely with someone and establish a mentor-student relationship. Also if you work hard enough during your internship, it is possible to earn a paying position with the company you are working for. Again, it might not be a producing gig, but it can be an assistant to a producer which will provide you an absorbent amount of experience and knowledge that can help you further in your career.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/music-directors-and-composers.htm#tab-4
2. http://learningpath.org/articles/Record_Producer_Career_Summary.html

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