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Its a great question that does have sort of a grey area with the paradigm shift in how post production workflows are handled nowadays. Personally, it has taken me about 3-4 years of editing before I now am comfortable calling myself a sound designer, because my role has in team projects has been shifting from bottom-level sound work (BGz, spotted BGz, doors,...


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Who says you need to have a single title, or a title at all when you're trying to get work? I read once on a freelancing website that you should call yourself what you want to be -- none of this "I'm a IT guy, but I really want to be a sound designer" crap. Your role on different projects will change, and you'll go where the work is, but I don't think you ...


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It's all semantics/title BS really as the lines of responsibility are blurring. But if you're interested in starting out in the film world, I'd suggest using the term "Assistant Sound Editor." Adding "assistant" implies that you can edit sound, but you're also willing to lend a hand and understand that you must earn your place on a post sound crew. It is ...


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This is actually a pretty timely question as I'm redesigning my card right now, and all of these answers have me hesitating on sending them to the printer. Currently I have "Sound Edit | Sound Design | Re-recording Mix", which I changed from "Sound Editor | Sound Designer | Re-recording Mixer". For some reason removing the "-er" from each makes it feel like ...


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Hey Bryan, legit question even despite mine - it's a nice follow-up that I can learn from as well. For the business card, I would try something like "Sound for _" where the blank is the media you want to work in. Shows some aspirations for a specific field but doesn't oversell yourself as a crazy 10th dan Sound Designer or anything. That's what I'm thinking,...


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Personally, on my card, I have "Sound Editor" because that term is specific to what I do yet general enough that I can be a chameleon of sorts - does it mean sound effects editor? dialogue editor? supervising sound editor? It merely comes down to how I choose to market myself to that person, and sometimes it can be all three simultaneously for different ...


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I have some cards that say Simply "sound design" on the back and my contact info in the front, some that say "passion for sound", and others that say "Hire me.". These actually work when i've hit it off with someone in a more casual setting


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You can start by getting a network identity. Stuff like a cool name/brand, logo, professional website can only help. Once that's done you can start researching your market and emailing possible clients. It's a lot of work and for a few months (or years?) won't pay off, but if you keep at it it will eventually start working for you. Good luck!


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Yes, many of us have. Unfortunately, you don't really decide to go freelance. It happens when you build up a client list (most of the time). Welcome to the great catch 22 of audio production. :-)


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I've always had "Sound Guy" on my business card. Whilst meeting someone at a networking event they said there "isn't enough Sound Guys around". I liked the way he said it, so I stuck it on the card. Since then, giving out the card everybody see's it and has a giggle. It shows that you have a sense of humor (I've had industry people say this to me). It ...


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I've listed my self as Audio Ninja for years on my cards. It's a bit vague but it's memorable.


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I don't have a title on mine, just "Music and Sound Design" because that's the legal name of my business, and I feel it says it all. alt text http://www.davematney.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/card_front.png


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When people ask me what I do/study, I say "I'm looking to get into composing", rather than straight up "I'm a composer". On my site though, I am a composer - sell yourself, be confident. Good luck!


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Another favorite is Box of Toys Audio. http://www.boxoftoysaudio.com I love the flat, boxy visual style that ties back to their name, but I think their text is approaching too small. Great photography and colors. Welcoming landing page with clear selections to bring users further into the site. speed - 4, would be a 5 but the "Archive" section chugs hard ...


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