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How is it like working in the spot of Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications?

Hello, my name is Santino, 13 year old in 7th grade, and I’ve been interested in Arts Audio/Video Technology & Communications, and always wondered how it’s work since late August this year. And I wanted to know how it’s like working for it, and how it’s like working with people in your career group.

Another question I have is what your struggles are working as an Arts Audio/Video Technology & Communications, as struggles are always something you will have do deal with for the whole entirety of your life.

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Arian’s Answer

Hello Santino! It's great that you have an interest in the arts, audio/video technology, and communications at such a young age. Working in this field can be very exciting and rewarding. Here are some tips: 1. **Explore and experiment**: Spend time trying different aspects of the arts, audio/video technology and communications to discover what you are truly passionate about. You can participate in extracurricular activities, online courses or workshops to expand your skills. 2. **Constantly learn**: This field is constantly evolving, so it is important to stay up to date with the latest trends and technologies. Never stop learning and improving your skills. 3. **Collaborate with others**: Working as a team is essential in this field. Learning to communicate and collaborate effectively with people from different disciplines will help you carry out successful projects. Regarding your struggles, it is normal to face challenges in any career. Some potential difficulties could include pressure to meet deadlines, competition in the job market, and the need to adapt to rapid changes in technology. However, with determination, passion and perseverance, you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way. Keep exploring your interests and working hard to achieve your goals in the arts, audio/video technology, and communications! Good luck on your trip! Sincerely, Arianna
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Mike’s Answer

Hi Santino - You can build a very rewarding career in the AV industry, I can say that from experience!

There are a few different avenues to pursue including Staging (live events, concerts, etc) as well as Commercial AV (meeting rooms, digital signage etc). Many AV professionals have experience in both.

One of the best ways to get started is as an AV Technician. This role is responsible for going on site and installing, configuring the audio and video technology. If you like to play with technology this might be a great role for you.

The reality is the industry is in shortage of AV Technicians. If you were to approach an AV Integration company once you are in high school I am sure you would find a summer position as a Technician quite easily.

As for an education, there isn't a specific degree for Audio Visual but there are many technical college programs that will include AV as a specialization.

Some technicians stay 'in the truck' their entire careers, others move onto AV Design/Engineering roles or Sales/Management roles too.
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Jo’s Answer

Hello Santino,

I'd like to recommend that you explore the Audio Visual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA). You can find more about it on their Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Visual_and_Integrated_Experience_Association. AVIXA is a non-profit organization that serves as a platform for audiovisual companies and professionals.

AVIXA boasts a global membership of over 11,400, with more than 700 volunteers who work on developing standards and training programs. They also organize trade shows to showcase member products and solutions. Two of their biggest events are the Integrated Systems Europe (a collaboration with CEDIA - the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) and InfoComm, which is held in the USA.

AVIXA also offers three ANAB-accredited certifications to the ISO 17024 standard, with over 13,000 holders worldwide. These include Certified Technology Specialist (CTS), Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I), and Certified Technology Specialist - Design. Each certification lasts for three years and requires renewal and additional training.

The AV industry is currently experiencing a surge in demand, with limited resources to meet this need. This increased interest is largely due to the shift towards a hybrid workforce in the wake of COVID. With only 8% of organizations currently equipped with video conferencing in their meeting rooms, there's still a long way to go to meet the global demand. This surge can mean a heavy workload, but it also means job security. It's up to each person to ensure they maintain a healthy work-life balance.

I've been in the AV industry for two years and find it incredibly rewarding. AV solutions continuously evolve, so be ready to keep learning and growing. This constant evolution is part of what keeps people invested in the industry. Many who leave often find themselves returning, drawn by the dynamic and uplifting environment, but we don't see many shift away from the industry.

I strongly suggest you attend an AV event like InfoComm or something similar in your area. Don't hesitate to introduce yourself to the exhibitors. The industry is always on the lookout for fresh talent and enthusiastic newcomers.

My experience is primarily with the AV vendors in Australia and New Zealand, as I currently support that ecosystem. I can tell you that it's a pleasure to work alongside them. The community spirit across different companies is strong and supportive, which was a pleasant surprise. I would encourage any young person considering a career in AV to take the next step and explore this field further.

Wishing you all the best!
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