Looking for a career in the music business? While it's not always realistic to expect to become the next chart topping popstar, becoming an audio engineer can be a good way to get involved with the music industry on the ground floor.
This article by Emma Sturgis from MusicThinkTank.com discusses the variety of roles which an audio engineer can play in the entertainment industry beyond simply pushing sliders in a studio, and highlights the importance of getting involved early and working to become an active listener of audio.
"Most high schools and colleges have a theater department. Non-professional community theaters often need help. Volunteer to be part of the sound crew. This is a great way to get started and build your initial network. Take the initiative to familiarize yourself with the kinds of equipment you’ll be using."