For more than a decade, AIR’s mentorship program has helped audio rookies and career pivoters take their professional development to the next level by providing a pathway to work with seasoned producers and editors with valuable industry insight. In 2021, AIR’s mentorship program migrated to SoundPath. Our inaugural mentors Roifield Brown, Jeff Emtman, and Traci Tong proved a demand for those looking to level up their skills and get sound career and storytelling advice. In October 2021, Ann Marie Awad, Rob Byers, Mable Chan, Sam Greenspan, Ruxandra Guidi, Frances Harlow, Sheeba Joseph, Shia Levitt, Karen Michel, Sarah Montague, James Morrison, Kyle Norris, Chloe Prasinos, Steve Rowland, and Ari Saperstein joined the roster of SoundPath mentors. Visit the mentor page on SoundPath to meet your next mentor.
Do you know someone who would be a great mentor, but they aren't on our radar? Make us a mentor recommendation! Send an email with or without an introduction to [email protected] to tell us about someone in your community.
How Mentorship Works
SoundPath community members book one-hour, à la carte sessions with our mentor roster by making a payment and scheduling their session on SoundPath. AIR members receive additional discounts on this service. AIR's team will continue to facilitate matchmaking recommendations and point to mentor profiles on SoundPath where mentees can book as many hourly sessions as needed to meet their career goals at any given time. For some, that might be one hour; for others, it could be more than four. As we open our mentorship service to the wider audio community, we hope to connect experienced mentors to more mentees seeking support, and drive more compensation to mentors. If you would like a recommendation for who to book a session with or have further questions about the SoundPath mentors, please reach out to the program lead, Erin McGregor at [email protected].
Become a SoundPath Mentor
What did you need when you were starting out in audio? Chances are you needed access to industry professionals to walk you through your first pitch or feature story, guidance launching and marketing a new podcast, or someone to give you advice on how to land your next producing gig. You needed someone who cared about your success and understood the unique challenges you faced starting out in audio and who was excited to watch your career unfold. Now that you’ve got hands-on experience, you can be the mentor you needed when you were starting out.
We’re seeking a wide range of mentors, with varying experience levels and availability. Disclaimer: You don’t need to have 10+ years of experience to be a mentor! We’re interested in working with producers and editors with a variety of perspectives - whether you’re an underrepresented queer, trans, or BIPOC producer or storyteller with valuable industry insight, a veteran of the audio industry, an audio trailblazer, or an international producer, we’re searching far and wide. Your knack for the “business side” of podcasting, that skillset you learned in the newsroom or the field, or your unlikely path to sound engineering, we want to hear all about it. Your desire to share your skills and connect with emerging audio professionals is all you need to apply and AIR has a paid opportunity for a new cohort of SoundPath Mentors.
SoundPath Mentors choose their own rates (current mentor rates range from $35 - $210), hours of availability, and participate in an orientation and marketing training to help you succeed as a SoundPath Mentor. SoundPath mentors will be invited to participate in panels and community events to promote their work and expertise and get in front of emerging producers.
The application to be a SoundPath Mentor remain open so we can continue to add new talent to SoundPath on a rolling basis. Apply now to be an AIR SoundPath Mentor or make us a mentor recommendation. Send an email with or without an introduction to [email protected] to tell us about someone in your community who has valuable experience in the industry and who we should feature as a SoundPath mentor.
Evolving AIR's Mentorship Program
In the past, for $500, mentees and mentors committed to work together for four one-hour sessions to be completed over a period of 90 days. This model was cost prohibitive for some emerging producers, and the waiting period for mentorship matching was not set up to serve those seeking guidance on a timely story or a pitch. In response, we made some mentorships accessible on a sliding pay scale and offered free mentorships to those members who could not access them otherwise, all while continuing to pay our mentors competitive hourly rates. Now, we are evolving the program structure to meet the changing needs of AIR’s membership and to reach the wider audio community.
For more information on the mentorship program and how to participate, please contact Engagement Strategist Erin McGregor at [email protected]