"It's a lot of fun. Everyone is into the music. They come to you with their dream and hold it out there for you, and you have to be very careful that you don't 'drop' it or 'step' on it. You are holding their passion."
In Canada, over 17,000 people work in the music industry full-time.
One of the first requirements to do Sandra Schultz's job as a sound engineer is that you have to really like music. Let's face it. A sound engineer listens to music all day, over and over and over again. Sandra plays a bit of guitar herself, but is more content "behind the glass", helping to fulfil the dreams of other musicians with her maze of cables and high tech gear.
Recording and mixing sound is a blend of Sandra's creative and technical abilities. You have to be versatile in this business in order to stay busy however, especially when you're just starting out. Sandra also does contract work as a technician.
Did you know? Canada is in the sixth largest market for recorded music in the world.
Becoming an in demand producer or sound engineer takes a lot of dedication. Sandra's come a long way since she first discovered sound engineering as a volunteer on a university television show. After hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours and training sessions, she now gets paid for her expertise.
Sandra works on a freelance basis. Quite often she is asked to work on projects on a very short notice. Sometimes she receives phone calls from producers, asking her to work out of town. She will have to pack her bags, leave that night and be ready to start a session the next morning.
Depending on a project, Sandra may work up to 18 hours a day straight. After that, there is no guarantee that she will work at all. That's why it is so important to network and be aware of opportunities in the field.
Education: 10 month sound recording program.
Hobbies: Reading, especially industry publications, bass fishing.