How to Become a Foley Artist

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How to Become a Foley Artist
Become a Foley Artist

Innovation applies to the life of anyone wanting to become a foley artist. Foley artists create film sound effects. Discovering how to make those sound effects is what leads to a successful career as a foley artist. Getting your foot in the door takes drive, smarts and devotion as long as you know the way.

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    Practice recording sound effects using a good-quality tape recorder. You can then work with computer software to isolate sounds and also to drop those sounds into a piece of film you have made. Film and sound files you have produced make for great work samples should you be asked for some.

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    Move to a union town like Los Angles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto or Vancouver. Chances of getting hired or getting your foot in the door are higher when you belong to a union, since many in the film industry will hire only union members. They also make for great networking opportunities.

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    Study all aspects of film sound effects in magazines, the Internet and books. Grasp a good understanding of how the foley artists play an important role in making a film by watching films and studying the sound to get ideas of what will be expected of you.

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    Locate people doing foley work that you want to do. You must be smart and resourceful. Networking is key to developing a successful career in sound effects.

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    Become an apprentice with an established foley artist who really knows about film sound effects.

Tips and warnings

  • Film background is a must; this comes with being a foley artist. Make sure you work on a set or two, so you know the process of filmmaking.
  • Foley artists can fit into two main positions--an artist or "walker" who creates the sounds, and a technician who records and mixes the final product.
  • You can go to film school, but you can also learn just as much, if not more, on a set as an apprentice working for little or no money.

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