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Christopher Onlyson Tjajadi

Starting out as sound designer

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I've been doing sound work for film for years, but just started recently wanting to go doing sound in gaming. How different are the processes of doing sound in gaming than doing them in film? How do I get started?

I've been listening to a lot of podcasts and watching a ton of tutorial videos on things like middleware or mixing SFX in games, I really want experiences and I'm not sure where to find a gaming community who will need sound work. How do I find projects to work on, especially since I have no prior experience in doing sound specifically in gaming? 

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Do you have a reel that you can share? I would seek out young(er) teams that need sound work done and see if you can get involved. I don't like advocating working for free so try to make it some kind of exchange but other than that, it's all about becoming active in the industry. Social media can really help - sites like this help - conventions help. Go to your local colleges and see if you can connect with some local students making games. 

Even though you don't have game audio experience, you do have experience so I'm confident you'll be able to find work if you dig around long enough. Good luck!

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