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Old 10th September 2019
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Originally Posted by the OP
Also is quitting without currently having another audio job lined up a bad idea?
Been there, done that....and I advise very strongly:


I used to be a staff member at one of Europe's largest broadcasting organisations. Over the years the dream job turned into a nightmare. I eventually snapped (slammed my keys down on the boss's desk after a 40 hour continuous session without even a scheduled weewee break).

For the first couple of weeks I felt fantastic, it was a real catharsis just not being there. Then as the weeks turned to months and we could only just pay the mortgage on my wife's meagre salary I had to find another job.

It was further away, and in a Facilities House, but hey I was in work. And guess what? It turned out to be even worse than before. I Lasted all of 3 weeks, then apologised for wasting their time and left.

A few months later, after ringing round all my mates, I secured another job - even further away than the last, and in an even smaller company. They used to be a famous London music studio, but had turned to editing & dubbing to survive. And wadda ya know, even crappier than the last one. Well that lasted 3 months.

It slowly dawned on me that doing Audio for Post had gone down the toilet. All the working practices and quality that I'd loved in the early days had melted away.

My big beef is that productions ALWAYS underbook, because they don't want to pay for time they don't use. More often than not your 12 hour booking bloats out into a 16-20 hour day.

As you are finding, Editors don't employ assistants to prep the tracks, so you're rushing around in the dub doing tracklaying, foleys, and fixing things that haven't been allowed for in the schedule.

Another issue, which I've seen several people mention on here is loneliness. Often Production can't be bothered to come to the dub, they just hand you the parts at the start of the day together with a list of instructions, and send a Runner back at the end of the day to collect the finished job. So you're working under alot of time pressure, in virtual solitary confinement.

This is a crap way to carry on, and I have seen 2 colleagues develop mental health issues.

I ended up despising the people i worked for, and worse still I hated mixing.

So I stopped doing audio as my main career. Now I only do it when I want to. I can pick and choose who I work for, and don't have to worry about the money.

My unrelated day job is a 4-day week with fixed hours, pays very well, has a fantastic pension, and I see human beings regularly.

So I've found a way of having my cake and eating it. I love being behind the desk again. I guess that without intending to, I've become my own boss.

It all turned out fine in the end, but I strongly advise you not to just chuck it in - sort out a new job before you quit the old one.

Keep the faith, bro.