Richard Wear of Interfacio talks about the opportunities that exist within the pro-audio industry and how to improve your chances of finding a career within this field.
* This interview was recorded pre-Covid-19 and therefore the answers are reflective of this.
00:00 - Introduction
01:34 - Industry Growth Areas
03:12 - Job Candidate Qualities
06:13 - Academic Training vs Practical Experience
09:59 - A General Interest In Sound
12:39 - The Usefulness Of Music Production Courses
14:47 - The Three Routes Into The Industry
17:21 - Alternative Career Paths For Musicians
20:09 - Developing Networking Skills
21:31 - Ending
Richard Wear - Biog
Richard is Managing Director and founder of global executive search firm Interfacio, founded in 2002, who specialise in the media technology sector and are based in London.
Richard held previous roles as Director and General Manager of UK professional audio OEM and finished product business, Celestion, part of the Hong Kong based Gold Peak organisation, and was global product lead for Fostex Corporation of Japan where he spearheaded the development and introduction of a number of ground-breaking digital audio products for the location sound, broadcast and post-production markets.
Richard graduated from Warwick University, England in 1986 with a BSc Hons in Engineering Science. But as a musician with a strong interest in music recording and production he was drawn naturally into a career in sales and marketing in the professional audio business, initially selling high value and 'bleeding edge' audio and production technology to recording and post-production studios, broadcasters and the location sound industry. During this time Richard worked closely in a product management role with engineering teams in Japan, the United States and United Kingdom and lead sales, marketing and distribution activities worldwide with a particular focus on North America, Europe and APAC.
Through his work building and managing the Interfacio business, Richard is continuously engaged with a wide variety of industry leading brands, manufacturers and partner companies across the broadcast, music, lighting, professional and consumer audio sectors as they progress their strategic product development, marketing and global sales objectives.
Interviewer: Paul MacDonald- Biog
Paul Mac is a journalist, technical author, and marketing / content professional who started out in audio engineering and acoustics working in some of the most prestigious studios around the UK. He was the Editor of Audio Media magazine for 14 years and now writes and produces content across a wide range of entertainment and production technology subject areas.
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