The other night, the lovely Duncan came round to show me how to edit my podcast. I can’t express my gratitude to him enough. In our talks, he brought up an interesting point. With people like me now able to produce their own audio products, voice or music, professional sound engineers find it hard to get work. Now we all know that the secretary is as good as gone, since we can all type our own letters and, anyway, which dinosaur sends letters these days? But, the democratisation of even producing a sound recording has meant other trained professionals having to look elsewhere for a living. The hope is that this very ease of access provides opportunities for these professionals. I cannot be the only would-be podcaster defeated by the software. It’s not easy, but just a couple of hours’ tuition and I feel so much more confident. So, if Duncan does decide to make a move into teaching keen amateurs, I’ll be posting up his details and recommending him highly.

What’s the message here? Well, there are two. Firstly, if you think there isn’t a use for what you do any more, maybe you just have to be flexible about what you do. And secondly, if you need help with your creative endeavours, there are people who can help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s made a huge difference to me.

Right, back to playing with the editing.

Happy weekend




Author: squattingtoad

Mel is a comedy writer and performer, with a particular interest in creativity and a cynical interest in the workplace and how its idiosyncrasies (nicest word she could find) can drive us all mad.

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