Sometimes when the deadline is coming or somebody is stepping on my foot in the subway I think that my job is the worst profession in the world. Seriously, I have even collected some facts that prove it. Here it is:
(I apologize for my clumsy English)
№1 (costs) A programmer can work with a cheapest laptop in a coffee house. An artist or writer can work with a piece of paper and pen. But only a sound designer, even for the simplest job, have to have a whole lot of equipment and an isolated placement.
№2 (health): All our colleagues in the industry work with computers and all of them have problems with an excessive load with backbone, wrists and eyes. But only sound man have an additional load with ear.
№3 (employment) Sound teams are always small. Very small in the comparison with others departments. The simple prove – go to the job search site, put the words “sound designer” and I bet that you will find zero result. Put the word “artist” or “programmer” and there will be dozens or even hundreds of findings.
№4 (call of duty) To be a good worker, you always have to carry with you a recorder. And I bet, that your girlfriend, wife or kids are already hate you for that.
№5 (feedback) Have you ever heard from someone that he liked a movie or game not because of the plot, graphics or music but because of sound effects? I don't think so. Nobody in the world, except you, cares about the sound.
№6 (the main): You cannon control your work completely. Like an artist with paper and pen or a composer with his instrument. The sound is like a wild animal and you, only can show it its pass and that it. Even more, there is some unwritten law that the best sound effect that you have ever created was created by accident. Sometimes it is really frustrating.
If you have an additional prove that our profession is the worst profession in the world please write it in the comments.
UPD Provided to be that my English is worse than I thought. So, for any misunderstanding - this post is just a joke.