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If you had an unlimited budget, would you consider hiring a qualified coach to help you improve your skills, advance your career, and turn the dial on your excitement and motivation for audio up to 11?

Now, what if I told you that you don’t need even one dollar to make this happen?

If the term “Mastermind Group” doesn’t mean anything to you yet, get ready for an introduction to one of the best things you can do for your career in professional audio.

 

 

What is a Mastermind Group?

A mastermind group is a small group of like-minded individuals who are committed to pursuing and achieving a common goal.

These individuals meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas, give each other feedback, learn from each other’s experiences, and offer a supportive environment that helps every member grow.

In other words, it’s like having your own personal coaching group where you can give and receive help from people who understand your problems because they have them, too.

The idea of a mastermind group was pioneered by Napoleon Hill in his book “Think & Grow Rich”. He described its benefits in the following way:

“Two or more people actively engaged in the pursuit of a definite purpose with a positive mental attitude, constitute an unbeatable force.”

– Napoleon Hill

In other words, two heads are better than one!

A mastermind group essentially applies the power of teamwork in a very specific way to help you achieve your goals faster.

Now that we’ve defined what a mastermind group is, let’s take a look at the benefits it can bring to your professional and personal life.
 

Don’t Work Hard, Work Smart

One of the main superpowers of a mastermind group is the ability of each member to learn from the shared experience of the group.

As you meet to discuss what you’re working on, you will have valuable exchanges with your peers who have either:

A | Tried new or different strategies to achieve your shared goal or…

B | Tried the same strategies in different ways or with different results.

From the conversations around these topics, you will learn in minutes or hours what would have taken you days or weeks to learn on your own.

In essence, it’s like putting your skill acquisition on steroids.
 

Powerful & Relevant Feedback

A mastermind group is a fantastic place to get feedback on your work as well as your current career plans and strategies.

The best part about this feedback is that it not only comes from qualified peers who understand your situation but also from people who, through the regular meetings and exchanges, know your work and can appreciate the subtleties of your progress.

They will also be better suited to point it out if you are headed in the wrong direction or are maybe missing something due to a personal blind spot you never could have diagnosed yourself.
 

Accountability Overload

As human beings, we have a strong natural urge to fit into “the group”.

By forcing yourself into a situation like a mastermind, you immediately enter not only a positive new environment focused on mutual support and growth but also a kind of social contract that has a much stronger influence on your behavior than simply going it solo could ever have.

By openly expressing not only your goals but how you plan to achieve them to your mastermind group, you create a new social obligation that adds a surprisingly powerful motivator for you to actually follow through with your plans.

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Keys to a Successful Mastermind Group

If you’ve never heard of mastermind groups before, you may well be interested in starting one yourself.

While the basic concept is not at all complicated and getting together regularly with even one person in your industry is already a fabulous start, there are some points to consider for a mastermind group to most positively affect everyone involved.
 

1 | Size Matters

A handful of like-minded individuals can achieve a lot together.

When too many people are involved, however, meetings take longer, some needs go unmet, and personal sharing is minimized.

Since this is not optimal, a general recommendation is that mastermind groups shouldn’t consist of more than 6-8 people.

Too many is not good, but too few is also not ideal.

If there are only 2 or 3 of you, you risk hitting a wall pretty quickly in terms of what each person can offer the others and things can get stale.

Also, people are busy.

This means even when everyone commits to meet weekly/bi-weekly at an agreed time, there will undoubtedly be times where someone can’t make it.

This slows down progress and makes the meetings less enjoyable for everyone.

For that reason, I’d highly recommend trying to get a group together that fits the sweet spot of around 4-8 people.
 

2 | Choose Your Members Wisely

Besides being people with whom you feel you could get along over an extended period of time, there are a few guidelines to the types of people who should join a mastermind group together.

Firstly, all members should be more or less at the same spot in their career.

If one person in the group is a beginner while someone else is a seasoned pro, there will be an imbalance in the give/take aspect of the group.

Those earlier in their careers will be more in need of the information and feedback experienced members can provide while being able to give back little in comparison.

This is not a bad thing in and of itself and many who are enjoying some level of success also love lending others a helping hand, but the situation I’ve just described is a mentorship, not a mastermind.

Secondly, all members should be in a related field.

While many aspects of freelancing and doing business in the world of professional audio overlap, we all know that there are many genre/job-specific nuances that simply don’t translate.

A sound designer for games will have little to provide in terms of helpful feedback and advice to a live sound technician and vice versa. A mix engineer who works exclusively with death metal may have very different job experiences than someone who mixes J-Pop.

Focusing as narrowly as you can on your niche is the way to go for your mastermind group.

Only in a group of people doing very similar work can experiences, skills, and knowledge translate most effectively to the benefit of everyone involved.
 


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3 | Your Calendar is King

Pick a time and place to meet that works for everyone and hold each member accountable for their consistent attendance.

A group that never manages to decide when and where to meet or has flaky members who don’t show up can never lead to the growth of those involved.

Your best bet is to choose a recurring appointment and stick to it.

I’ll insert one of my all-time favorite quotes here:

“If it’s not in the calendar, it doesn’t exist.”

  • Tim Ferriss

It should also be made clear at the beginning that, although there is certainly an element of friendship and comradery in the group, this is a serious meeting and members who don’t respect the time and energy of the group by not showing up regularly will be asked to leave.

Hot tip: How no-shows and other offenses are to be dealt with can and should be enshrined in some simple document created by and agreed upon by the mastermind members.
 

What Does This Look Like?

If you’re wondering what this might look like, here are a few data points from my own mastermind group:

  • We are 6 people in total
  • All of us are video game composers and/or sound designers
  • All members are full-time freelancers with the majority of their income generated not only from audio work but from game audio work
  • All members are located in northern Europe and most are in the same time zone
  • We meet bi-weekly for 60-minutes.
  • Anyone who wants to continue talking after those 60 minutes are up is free to do so. However, we have all agreed that a well-run, focused session should take no longer than one hour and everyone is free to leave after that time is up.
  • We have a Discord group and discuss there what topic we would like to cover at each session before it begins. (we also share links, resources, and a healthy amount of memes)
  • If any member is in particular need of dedicated attention for a problem they’re facing, a session can also be used in this way.
  • If any member misses three sessions without excusing themselves, the group reserves the right to expel them.

Our mastermind group has been running for about a year and I have not only learned a great deal from its members (shoutout to Indra, Felix, Mathilde, Paul, and Cai), I am also amazed at how consistently I continue to learn new and helpful things for my business.

As each member grows, the group grows with them.

As the group grows, the members grow with it.

 

This is powerful stuff, y’all!

Yes, I said “y’all”. I’m from Virginia. Gimme a break.

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With your powers combined…

 

Takeaway

With the rise of the gig economy, more and more of us are striking out on our own and working purely online from the comfort of our homes.

This brings many wonderful advantages, but what is missing?

For many, it’s the group of peers we would otherwise have working in a company or studio who would provide us with daily opportunities to discuss our craft and get valuable feedback and advice.

Freelancers often don’t have that kind of tight-knit community built into our work life, but we can create it!

A mastermind group is a fantastic and free way to give and receive the kind of support that can skyrocket your career while helping you build a powerful network in your industry.

P.S. You also don’t have to be a freelancer to start a mastermind group nor does it necessarily have to be work-related. Anyone looking to improve their skills and succeed in any endeavor would benefit from mastermind meetings with their peers.

If this sounds interesting to you, take the first step and reach out to some folks you think might be interested in creating a mastermind group with you!

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know via email at go@thegameaudiopro.com or via Twitter @ben_gameaudio.

For more helpful tips on freelancing effectively in the world of professional audio, especially if you’re in the game audio realm like me, visit The Game Audio Pro.

A big thanks to Ben Gallagher for his insights!

 

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    The Animal Symphony will be a series of animal recording libraries, created to offer a wide variety of authentic animal sounds. Over the next few months, each installment in this series will capture the essence of different animal species.

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    General description:
    “The Animal Symphony – Meerkat” presents a careful selection of 22 audio recordings (between 3 and 6 variations each) that capture the essence of meerkats as they interact with each other. Each recording has been made with high-quality equipment, including the Sennheiser MKH 8050 microphone and an EM258 capsule microphone, guaranteeing exceptional audio quality. All recordings have been made at a 192 kHz, 24-bit sampling rate to capture every detail and nuance of meerkat sounds.

    Featured Features:
    – Meerkat Interactions: Discover a variety of sounds that reflect the social interactions, communication and behavior of meerkats in their natural environment.
    – Professional Recording: Made with high-end equipment, these recordings capture the authenticity and vitality of meerkat life.
    – Exceptional Quality: All sounds are recorded and edited in 192 kHz and 24-bit, offering unsurpassed clarity and depth.
    – Diversity in Recordings: With multiple takes and variations, this library offers the flexibility necessary for any type of production.

    This collection is ideal for a variety of applications:
    – Video games: Add realism and authenticity to natural environments in your games.
    – Film and Documentaries: Perfect for soundtracks, sound effects and scenes requiring wildlife sounds.
    – Educational Applications: Use these sounds in educational projects to teach about meerkat behavior and life.
    – Multimedia Projects: Ideal for any project that seeks to enrich the user’s listening experience.

    Technical details:
    – Total Audios: 22
    – Format: 192kHz/24bit
    – Equipment Used: Sennheiser MKH 8050 microphone and EM258 capsule microphone

    License:
    The sounds from “The Animal Symphony – Meerkat” are available under a royalty-free license, allowing their use in multiple projects without additional costs or royalties.

  • Bundles Mattia Cellotto – Complete Bundle Play Track 11100+ sounds included $1,068

    Mattia Cellotto’s extraordinary sound libraries are some of the most popular releases in independent sound effects – and here’s your chance to get them all at a nice discount. Here’s what’s you get:

    NEW: CATACLYSM is a collection more than 1400 sounds in 400+ files of recorded, synthesized and designed sounds created to support important destructive moments and add a stronger sense of extreme consequence to any sound.

    ANIMAL HYPERREALISM VOL I is a library containing themed animal vocalisations & sounds, from real to designed creatures totaling more than 1300 individual sounds in 290 files.

    ANIMAL HYPERREALISM VOL II is a library containing themed animal sounds & vocalisations, from real to designed creatures totaling more than 2000 individual sounds in 283 files.

    ANIMAL HYPERREALISM VOL III is a library containing sounds themed animal vocalisations, from real to designed creatures totaling more than 1700 individual sounds in 279 files.

    METAMORPHOSIS is a huge collection of recorded source, synthesized material and hybrid sounds – more than 2300 sounds total.

    GLACIER ICE is a library containing over 300 high quality sounds of ice cracking, breaking, shattering in various sizes of blocks – recorded entirely in the Italian Alps over the course of two winters.

    POLARITY delivers more than 950 sounds of electricity, science and technology – captured in several locations around the world, from electricity museums to science labs.

    ULTRASONIC DRY ICE is a library containing over 600 sounds themed metal resonances, scrapes and all sorts of weird.

    ROCKS MOMENTUM gets you more than 1100 sounds of rocks, bricks, wood logs, stones, impacting on different surfaces, rolling, being scraped one against the other and so on. The library was recorded in the Italian alps, and in Inverness, Scotland.

    WATER VOLUMES delivers you over 300 sounds of natural hot-springs, bubbles, and liquids of various densities boiling under the effect of dry ice.

    METAL GROANS AND SLAMS is a library for which metal was kicked, hammered, bowed and… induced to vibrate through feedback loops?! The collection features 346 unique sounds recorded through field trips in US, UK and Italy.

    CRUNCH MODE & THE BORAX EXPERIMENT are also included as a bonus: Crunch Mode features 230 crunchy sounds made with a variety of vegetables, fresh bread, pizza crust & frozen goods, and The Borax Experiment gets you 158 squishy, gory, slimy, gooey SFX.

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  • Sports Sound Effects Large Crowd Reactions Play Track 81+ sounds included, 53 mins total $75

    Sometimes emotion comes when you feel together as one. This is happening in stadiums, arenas, demonstrations when people are as one voice. This collection gets you the power of the crowd. People will go through various feelings, sometimes silent or very noisy, you will be able to cover a lot of situations with it. Moreover ambisonic format-B 3D recordings are great to enhance those kind of situations.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
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  • Environments & Ambiences Future Dystopia Play Track 626 sounds included, 142 mins total $44.95

    The sounds of a dark tomorrow… are here!

    Orbital Emitter is proud to present our first World Building Sound-Set, FUTURE DYSTOPIA!
    Future Dystopia is a meticulously crafted collection of audio atmospheres and sonic elements that can be used in any film, tv or streaming show, music production, game development, YouTube content creation and more!
    Future Dystopia embodies the dark yet intense world of cyberpunk sci-fi by providing everything you need to create vibrant environments, detailed locales and dynamic scenes.
    But the best thing about this sound-set is that you can create these rich and imaginative scifi soundscapes in a fraction of the time it takes using traditional methods!
    Our curated atmospheres and elements can be combined, dissected, and quickly customized so that you can achieve great results to rival any Hollywood production! And the diversity of our sounds means you can build audio scenes for urban districts, space stations, industrial sites, abandoned locales, power stations, vehicles and more, FAST!
    Simply drop a few of our audio files into any NLE or DAW and hear how quickly your scenes will come to life! And with our sound-sets, all of our sounds are organized, clearly titled and contains metadata for each audio file.

    Future Dystopia – our World Building Sound-Set is made up of 626 sounds across 151 WAV audio files. There are 54 atmospheres, 67 Elements, 7 foundation sounds, 12 speech sets and 11 vehicle builds… Our sound-files are 24bit/96k stereo (that can be folded to mono if desired.)
    Every sound in Future Dystopia is 100% original and created to help transport your audience to another world!
    Order now and receive our 19 page e-guide that explains how to get the most out of this sound-set absolutely FREE.

    SPECIAL NOTE: To celebrate the release of this brand new sound-set, we are offering a 25% OFF for a limited time!
    We hope you enjoy Future Dystopia our first world building sound-set!

     

    Quick note about the download:

    Please note that the Future Dystopia Sound-Set is 5.4GB when uncompressed. To make delivery more streamlined, we have compressed this file to the “.zip” format.
    Because Windows users might have issues opening a “.zip” file over 4GB, we have included a “.rar” version of the file so Windows users can avoid any issues.

    TLDR: If you are on a Mac computer, just open the “.zip” file and for Windows users, open the “.rar” file.

     

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  • Animal Sound Effects The Animal Symphony – Donkey Play Track 69+ sounds included, 10 mins total $10

    THE ANIMAL SYMPHONY – GOAT & SHEEP
    THE ANIMAL SYMPHONY – CROWING ROOSTER
    THE ANIMAL SYMPHONY – LOVEBIRD
    THE ANIMAL SYMPHONY – WHITE HANDED GIBBON
    THE ANIMAL SYMPHONY – MEERKAT
    THE ANIMAL SYMPHONY – WATUSI

    Product description:

    “The Animal Symphony – Donkey” offers a collection of 69 high-quality audio tracks, each with multiple sounds (between 3 and 6 variations). The audios are organized with an intuitive nomenclature, allowing you to easily swap the different microphone jacks, so you can choose which microphone to use or combine them all. Using two high-end microphones, the Sennheiser MKH 8050 and an EM258 capsule microphone, along with a Zoom H6 recorder for stereo sound, we have captured every detail and nuance of these sounds. Recordings were made at 24-bit and 192kHz/96kHz, ensuring professional clarity and depth.

    This collection offers a wide variety of braying, growling, donkeys eating, etc… these sounds are perfect for adding realism and authenticity to your projects. With multiple takes and variations, this library provides the flexibility needed for any type of production requiring sounds from these animals. All recordings have been carefully edited to eliminate external noises, such as birds, wind or people. Furthermore, thanks to the ultrasonic microphones used, it is guaranteed that whoever decides to lower the tone will continue to obtain frequency richness.

    Ideal applications:

    – Video games: Add realism and depth to the natural environments of your games.
    – Cinema and Documentaries: Enrich your audiovisual productions with authentic sounds.
    – Educational Applications: Use these sounds in educational projects to teach about wildlife and animal behavior.
    – Multimedia Projects: Ideal for any project that seeks to enrich the user’s listening experience.

    Technical details:

    – Total audios: 69 (Each audio contains between 3 and 6 variations)
    – Format: 192kHz – 96kHz/24bit
    – Equipment used: Zoom F6 recorder with Sennheiser MKH 8050 microphone and EM258 capsule microphone, plus a Zoom H6 recorder for stereo sound.

    License:

    The sounds from “The Animal Symphony – Donkey” are available under a royalty-free license, allowing them to be used in multiple projects at no additional costs. You can use these sound effects in your games, trailers, Kickstarter campaigns, and more, as many times as you like.

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  • Ribbiting Sounds for Your Next Project with our “Frogs” sound effects pack!

    This collection of high-quality, professionally recorded sounds captures the unique vocalization of frogs in their natural habitat.

    Ribbits, croaks, and chirps

    Perfect for aquatic or forest environments

    High-quality, 32-bit/192kHz

     

    Get Ready to Make a Splash with Your Next Project!

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  • Traffic Sound Effects Long Car Pass Bys Play Track 10-40 sounds included, 65 mins total $22

    This small library contains ten exquisite recordings in multiple variances of cars driving through a quiet and expansive landscape along a very long road. You can hear the car approaching from a very far distance, passing by close, and slowly fading away into the distance for a very long time as well. In other words; we capture the car’s journey from afar, stretching on until it disappears over the horizon.

    All recordings are clear and entirely devoid of external noise and human disruptions.

    All these recordings are recorded using two microphone setups: a Double MS Stereo setup and a spaced omnis setup, the latter also providing extended frequency response. This results in four variations for each recording: Stereo, Wide Stereo, Wide AB Stereo, and 5-channel 5.0 surround. The variances between these options range from subtle to more pronounced, offering flexibility for crosscutting within scenes.

    Get more than one hour of unique, royalty-free and notably high quality recordings with this library. Recorded in 24 bit / 96 kHz. Accurately edited and mastered to sound as natural as possible. With an average duration ranging from 40 seconds to 3 1/2 minutes per file. For more detailed descriptions of the recordings within this collection, please refer to the metadata provided in our file lists or listen to the preview montage.

    This library is UCS compliant (universalcategorysystem.com). In this new category system, all files contain extensive metadata like file description, Category & Subcategory. Metadata can be read and processed by the most common audio libraries management tools.

  • All files are recorded 32bit, 192 kHz, with Shure KSM 137, Line Audio Omni1, FEL Clippy XLR EM272, Sonorous Objects SO.3 and JrF C-Series Pro+ microphones, Sound Devices MixPre-6 II & Zoom F3 recorders. Library contains wav files of driving, interior and exterior foley, mechanical and electrical sounds. It is also available in UCS.


   

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