How to Become a Teenage Audio Editor

What Does a Teenage Audio Editor Do? 

As an audio editor, you’ll focus most of your time receiving audio files and editing them for folks that need them.  This could be podcast interviews, lectures, conversations, music, or any number of audio files where people need the audio to be polished and finalized.  When editing the audio, you may need to cut out weird noises, balance the sound levels, or a number of other things that will be assigned by the individual or company who needs the work.

How Much Does a Teenage Audio Editor Get Paid? 

If you become an audio editor and you’re good at what you do, it’s possible to eventually get paid $20 or even $30 per hour.  Starting out, we recommend that you ask for around $10 per hour, but that’s a pretty good hourly wage for a new job. 

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Audio Editor?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen audio editor.  They absolutely must know about your plans and will likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. Getting started as an audio engineer is surprisingly easy and you can quickly and easily find work as these types of jobs are plentiful. To get started, it’s recommended that you get the training you need with some type of software that allows you to edit audio.  There are plenty of paid options available, but we recommend using Audacity which is extremely popular in the audio industry and 100% free to use.
  3. Now that you have the right software, you’ll need to learn how to use it. You could use YouTube to teach yourself but this will take a really long time and most of the time you won’t know exactly what you need to know.  That being said, there is a course available on Lynda.com and we recommend that you join to get access.  They offer a free trial and you should get your parent’s permission before you start.
  4. Once you’ve joined Lynda.com, we recommend you search the course “Learning Audacity by Garrick Chow” to get started. In this course, you’ll get a great introduction to Audacity and you can take that knowledge and begin editing audio right away.
  5. Next, we recommend that you ask parents, friends, teachers, and anyone else if they need some audio edited. In other words, you need to practice your skills for a few weeks before you begin working for other people.  Once you’ve got some experience under your belt, its time to look for work.
  6. When you’re ready to begin working for others, you should join Upwork.com to find jobs. Joining is free and there are going to be quite a bit of audio editing jobs on the platform as this is a really common task.  Your best bet is to start at a very low hourly rate, maybe $5.00 per hour, and then as you complete jobs successfully, gradually increase the rate that you charge clients.  Within a month or two, it’s very possible for you to be making $10 an hour minimum.
  7. Congrats, you’re officially a teenage audio editor! You can start off with interviews and podcasts and then as you get more experienced move into music and other areas.  If you decide to stick with this job and really enjoy editing audio files, in the future you can be an audio engineer and with that as a full-time career you’ll be paid right around $50,000 per year according to Salary.com

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REQUIRED RESOURCES

  • Lynda.com: This platform will teach you the skills you need to become a teen animator.

    Course: 
    Search for the course "Learning Audacity by Garrick Chow"
  • Audacity Editing Software:  This is the software you'll need to edit audio files and it's 100% free.
  • Upwork.com: This will help you find new work when you're trained as a audio editor.