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Does engineering and producing include health benifites?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:31 pm
by Ozark Soundscape
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?

Re: Does engineering and producing include health benifites?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:55 pm
by tmoneygetpaid
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.

Re: Does engineering and producing include health benifites?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:07 pm
by happyandbored
Can't really offer advice re: health insurance as UK based, but the above poster is being a little pessimistic. It's not easy for sure and in my experience, education sector and live work are more realistic than the dream of recording bands in a studio.

I've had two full time employed positions since leaving uni 14 years ago and just about to start a third. First one was in a spoken word recording studio, next as a music technician in a school where I regularly engineered in both a studio and live context. In recent years, I've made a full time income through freelance live work and one of the venues I work at has just offered me a full-time employed contract.

Personally, for me the main health benefit is not wanting to kill myself through a life time of drudgery dealing with fuckwits while stuck in the 9-5 grind with a job I hate that still doesn't pay enough to cover living costs. Everything is crap, so do something you love, but make sure you do all you can to not be shit at it.

Education sector would make most sense from the POV of retaining health insurance/regular full-time employment.