How To Become An Audio Editor

Do you want to learn how to become an audio editor? Several skills are necessary to become an audio editor, but no single path exists to find a career. Like most jobs, education and experience play a large role, but those facets may combine in unique ways. An audio editor may work in television, motion picture production, video game development, or website delivery.

  1. Get an education. Though not a necessary step, a college degree may greatly increase your chances of being hired. No one degree prepares you for audio editing, but coursework in music technology, film-making or web design all provide appropriate backgrounds.
  2. Know the software. Whether at a university or not, become familiar with Final Cut, ProTools, Audition and other industry-standard software. Audio editors need to be experienced in a variety of digital platforms. 
  3. Gain work experience. Many audio editors begin their careers in radio. You may also find entry level positions for boom operators, field mixers, assistant editors, or foley artists. 
  4. Build a portfolio. Set aside time to work on your own projects. Employers assess the potential of any possible audio editor primarily through their samples. Find student films or other volunteer projects and build a collection of work.
  5. Advertise your work. Share your work online and gain exposure. Use any outlet you find to display your work.
  6. Live near the industry. The vast majority of film-making jobs are located in Los Angeles and New York. Living near these hubs means more work is available in your area. Audio editing work in other fields is available across the country.


United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Motion Picture and Video Industries

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