Anyone looking for a career in backstage and technical theatre should first consider what area most interests them. Sound Technicians - often referred to as Sound Engineers - produce, amplify, mix, record, sync and reproduce sound, effects and music for theatre rehearsals, theatre productions and special events. They’re also responsible for looking over the equipment, checking connections, maintaining sound quality and coordinating staff.
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Formal qualifications are not essential as on-the-job training is provided, but many Sound Technicians complete qualifications in the field to prepare them for this career and also to increase their chances of being employed.
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Sound Technicians can begin by completing work experience at a local theatre production. You can gain valuable skills and experience by doing this, however there are a number of organisations who offer apprenticeships in this and this is a good way to start and you can work your way up.
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A starting salary for a Sound Technician is between £19k and 21.5k per year. With experience this can increase to between £23.5k and £28.5k. A senior Sound Technician can earn up to £30.5k.
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Published: 27 August 2019