Working as a Sound Designer: One Graduates Story

Audio Engineering graduate Carol Grigoriev is now working in her dream job as a junior sound designer for Smith and Western Sound. carolalumni.jpg

Specialising in sound design, voice overs and music for advertising, TV and radio, they've worked with Guy Sebastian on the Dreamworld campaign. Carol primarily handles post production, clients and social media for the company and has recently done sound design for the Destination Goldcoast ad and the 2017 Royal Easter show.

“I got a call from Glenn Ferguson (Sydney’s Audio Engineering Head of Department) late last year, saying that Smith and Western were looking for a preferably female junior sound engineer and I was forwarded on to them. I organised a job interview and in January started interning with them. As of February I took on a full-time position.

My favourite things about working in the industry is how much I learn on the job and all the amazing people I get to meet. But mostly, I love the feeling of getting up in the morning and being excited to go to work. My bosses and I have an awesome relationship unlike I've ever experienced from any past employer. The support and mentoring I receive from them is amazing.


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You're never really prepared for what's to come in the industry, but I think the thing I always use that I learnt from studying at JMC is my ability to work well under pressure and work towards a deadline. Protools is a given of course and the ability to present my work has come in really handy from my practice in class presentations. 

My favourite things about studying at JMC were the people, both teachers and students. I'm a people person and it's a major part of my job. Learning and growing with all my classmates and gaining life-long knowledge from my teachers, is something I'll never forget. JMC was a place I could be myself and not get judged for it. Now I have a career built on my confidence and willingness to learn and succeed. 

Carols advice to current students

Never give up! 
Just because you failed an essay or your pre amp isn't turning on after hours of soldering, doesn't mean it's over. 
You keep picking yourself up and ploughing on, no matter what.
If my job has taught me anything, it's that, everything could be going horribly wrong, your session isn't working, protools is being protools, the client isn't in a good mood, whatever it is, you keep smiling and running that session. Your job as an engineer or producer is to make sure the client and everyone on the project is happy, there's no secret. The experience and skills will come, your attitude and approach to the job, has to start with you. 

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