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I have been working (moonlighting) as a Sound Editor in NYC for 2 years now. (Foley, DX, FX and MX) I am working a day job and have been pretty lucky in that I can edit at night/weekends.

However, I am beginning to feel like this is never going to grow into a full time gig. As I find directors and producers to work for, I find myself as the only person on the post sound crew (no mentorship/learning from others at all).

This makes me think that I should just be working for Supervising Sound Editors and not Producers and Directors directly.

Can anyone provide any insight into taking this next step from part time to full time?

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What research have you done in terms of finding a supervising sound editor to approach? Its not hard these days to find out who is doing all the work, I'd start a big list of all the NY Supervising sound editors & even try & track who their teams are (its usually all listed on IMDB) then you'll have some insight into who is busiest... But remember if a team has just started a project it was probably crewed six months ago - they need to know you, your work & your work ethics, approach, personality & availability before a project ever comes to them....

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  • +1 Indeed, it is a highly-selective process. Good idea on approach - IMDB does have all the info especially of you dig deep enuogh and compare/contrast names that keep popping up on different shows. Sometimes you can begin to see patterns of working relationships between sound editors and between directors/producers and their sound crews. Just takes a little bit of digital pavement-pounding – Stavrosound Dec 1 '11 at 23:42
  • I have basically been doing what you've said. IMDB research. My biggest problem however, is my schedule. I work a day job. I don't know that other folks would really want to hire someone that can't work during the day. I am aware that EVERYONE has this problem at first, but I honestly don't see a way out of the day job without freelance work (enough of it). Which is , again, tough to do while working a day job. – Chris Davis Dec 5 '11 at 13:54
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After you find the folks on IMDB, I would also check out any Linkedin profiles...they may know someone you know. It is always better to be introduced than to cold call. It is a small world.

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  • +1 I've had much better luck when contacting someone i really want to work with when i've been able to say "(mutual contact) recommended that i get in touch with you" – Roger Middenway Dec 4 '11 at 5:58

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