For all of those working in film audio and design -- what would you say are the niche areas of sound design, is there something you wish there were more of or that you have found lacking in the sound design community? Something you need more of --? Or is it all covered(good luck)in your estimation?
I'm new to posting questions here, although I've been lurking about for awhile now -- I'm 40 years old(urgh), I've worked in audio for nearly 20 years, most spent as staff at Conservatories -- although I've been satisfied to maintain work in the audio industry these years it had just become plain boring, set mic hangs and just unsatisfying work when I did get a session that required more than 2 microphones -- great artists in their own right, but I've just never been into Bass Clarinet Sextets and flute trios ...
I've always wanted to work in post and sound design, so my wife agreed that I could quit my job and pursue my dream(er, that was a year a half ago:/ We agreed upon a time line of three years to establish myself on a path to a new career -- so I figure I better get busy now, I only have a little over a year left... I could just have some type of mental block about how easy it would be for me to break into sound design at my age, but I feel like I'm too old to try to get on someones crew or to be mentored by an established sound designer -- although if the right opportunity arose I would totally be into giving it a go -- I've got very little to lose in trying except time(of course)-- I'm feeling the weight of time big time these days, not just the three years to try to make a shift within this industry, but just plain age, not much experience although I should have all the bits to catch up quickly and of course ear health --
In any case, I was thinking maybe as I try to find my place, I should try something on my own -- so this is why I pose the question above? Making money is not the priority at the moment, although as a professional I appreciate being compensated for my efforts - working on lo/no budget stuff that lands me back in the arena of unsatisfying work with projects that I have no passion for is not my goal.
What I already have is -- a project studio, setup for 5.1 surround, all the necessary stuff to work with audio(and video) -- I've just purchased a field recorder and mics, boom, etc... I think I'm ready to give something a try -- I've bought all the stuff, should be easy now? right?