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Does engineering and producing include health benifites?

Postby Ozark Soundscape on Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:31 pm

I'm an aspiring engineer and/or producer in high school. I'm also a type one diabetic, and require insulin injections to survive. Can anyone in the business tell me if these kinds of jobs tend to include healthcare benefits?
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Re: Does engineering and producing include health benifites?

Postby tmoneygetpaid on Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:55 pm

Come sit on my knee, young fellow, and be brave, for I need to share the Difficult Wisdom with you now.

There are no jobs in engineering and production. The number of graduates from audio programs outweighs the number of available jobs in the "industry" by orders of magnitude.

Most of the engineering and production gigs out there are done on a freelance basis-- the band or artist hires someone to help make their recording. As such there is no employer to help foot the bill for insurance. Freelancers also have detrimental tax rates working against them since they have to pay employer and individual contributions to Social Security and Medicare.

If you want to do this, you'll do it. One engineer who owned a well-regarded studio in town told me that while he ran his studio he couldn't afford new shoes. Your challenge will be to figure out how to pay your marketplace insurance payment while managing to feed yourself.

Good luck.
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