Becoming a record producer

For those who love creating music, perhaps a career as a record producer may be ideal for you. As a record producer you will be in charge of the recording process and work with musicians and artist to record their best performance. However, as with all careers there are some pros and cons you will have to deal with. Keep reading if you want to know some of the positives and downsides you will have to face if you wish to pursue a career as a record producer.
Pros
• You are one of the main contributors for the record. Artists will come to you for help to create a certain unique sound that will make them stand out. For those artists who have successful records, it will be due to your aid and what you decided would be the most unique to them. Successful artists also help build your reputation and displays to the music industry that you have a keen ear for talent which can land you more artists who wish to work with you.
• You can wear many different hats. While you can be creative as a record producer there are other roles you will have to fulfill as well. Many record producers also work on the business side of the industry and have knowledge in the marketing area. They can help to devise a plan to help market an album or make sure that the album does not go over a certain budget.
• You can work for different types of media. Being a record producer doesn’t mean just producing albums of artists. It means you can develop albums for different types of media including television and film. If you have a passion for a certain media, then it might be better suited for you to produce albums that work towards that field.
Cons
• It’s a very competitive career. There are many record producers. Some are highly successful, some a moderately successful, and some never get the break they need. You must always find a way to remain noticeable and a commodity for artists and musicians. Try to find what makes your unique and market it. Those already in the music industry have seen it all and what someone who will spark their interest and also keep it.
• Your beginning salary can be very low. You only get paid when you work to produce an album. Those who start their career as record producer can have a base salary as low as $25,000. It’s not an ideal paycheck and you will have to put in many years of work before you can reap the financial benefits.
• Your success may depend on your location. Record producers are highly successful in areas where musicians populate. Typically if you wish to pursue this career, you will need to need either in the general areas of California or New York. Some other large cities such as Atlanta and Chicago also have their share of record producers. If you wish to pursue this career, you may need to relocate to a whole different state.
Sources:
1. http://learningpath.org/articles/Record_Producer_Career_Summary.html

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