The subject of mentoring is something that’s been popping up more and more over the last few years. The context of the discussion centers around the way our industry has changed over the decades, leading to fewer opportunities for young sound designers to learn directly from seasoned professionals. In the recent past, if you wanted a mentor to help guide you in your career, you had to find one yourself.
That’s still a path, and likely to be the only path for many, but we’ve been seeing more efforts to organize simpler ways for people to find the coaching they desire: The Audio Mentoring Project and the MPSE creating its own mentoring program being two examples. We’ve decided to take a stab at it as well, with Jack and myself currently mentoring several junior contributors here on the site. That’s not to say that we have a clear and reliable idea of what we’re doing. We’re doing our best to figure it out as we go, and I know there are other people out there who might be willing to mentor someone if they had and idea of how to go about it.
So that’s what this month is about. We’re going to explore the idea of mentoring in the sound community, so that maybe you’ll take the opportunity to step forward and guide a budding sound designer on the start of their journey. Or, if you’re one of said budding professionals, help you figure out what to expect or look for in a mentor; so that maybe you can take that information and convince someone to help you map out your own route.