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Mentorships

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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. 


We feature our mentors on AIR’s digital training platform for peer-inspired learning SoundPath. Our mentors are experts in journalism, podcast development, storytelling, pitching, branding and marketing, the business of podcasting and production, budgeting, story editing, breaking into the industry, editing, investigative reporting, grant writing, and engineering skills. Booking an à la carte session is as easy as selecting a mentor who inspires you, making a payment, scheduling your session within SoundPath and setting some goals for the session. You can expect to learn from mentors in virtual meetings, and to create and maintain networking connections for the rest of your career.

Anyone can book a 60 minute remote mentoring session by making a payment and scheduling their session on SoundPath. Mentees can book as many hourly sessions as needed to meet their career goals. For some, that might be one hour; for others, it could be more. The cost of a 60 minute mentoring session ranges from $20 to $210 per hour. AIR members receive discounts on hourly mentorship sessions and there are some mentors that offer further discounts for emerging creators.

Mentorship is different from consulting, though if you’re looking for a consultant to help you launch a podcast or supercharge your marketing strategy, or an editor to read and refine your work, most AIR mentors are also available for this kind of professional service. If that’s what you’re looking for don’t hesitate to reach out directly to inquire about rates for editing, consulting or reporting. 

Visit the mentor page on SoundPath to meet your mentor! 

Can't Decide? Here are our recommendations

If you’re interested in Breaking Into the Industry we recommend checking out Diana Opong, Ari Saperstein, Lily Ames, Mable Chan, Chloe Prasinos, Shia Levitt and Sonia Paul for help. 

For advice on Pitching Stories, try Shia Levitt, Karen Michel, Sonia Paul, Mable Chan, Frances Harlow, Sheeba Joseph, Allison Behringer and Diana Opong.

For advice on Pitching Your Podcast, book sessions with Allison Behringer and Chloe Prasinos who both have had successfully pitched shows. 

For help with Marketing, Branding, or Audience Growth, Sheeba Joseph and Christine Kix are pros.

If you have questions about the Business of Podcasting try Frances Harlow and Sheeba Joseph are savvy. 

Grant Writing to fund your production? Christine Kix can review your application. 

If you're interested in Music and Podcasting, JB Camangyan, Steve Rowland and Christine Kix both have great experience.

For advice on Story Editing and Structure, try Roifield Brown, Traci Tong, Chloe Prasinos, Ariana Martinez or Jayson De Leon

To bring Sound Design to your story, Ariana MartinezJeff Emtman, JB Camangyan, Chloe Prasinos and Rob Byers all do incredible things with sound. 

If you need help with Sound Mixing & Engineering, Rob Byers, JB CamangyanJeff Emtman and Ariana Martinez can help with or without a DAW.  

If you need advice on making Audio Drama, Sarah Montague, Christine Kix and Chloe Prasinos have experience.

Are you Starting a Podcast? Christabel Nsiah-Buadi, Roifield Brown, Jeff Emtman, Chloe Prasinos can lead you to launch. 

If you’re interested in Longform and Documentary Storytelling: James Morrison, Chloe Prasinos and Sarah Montague can help.

Dreaming of doing Investigative Reporting? Book a session with Jayson De Leon to learn how. 

For a Cultural Sensitivity Review of your story, Christabel Nsiah-Buadi and Sonia Paul are in the know. 

If you are applying to a training program and need Program Application Review, Christabel Nsiah-Buadi oversees a training program and can give great advice. 

If you’re learning how to Write for the Ear, Kyle Norris, Ann Marie Awad, Karen Michel, and Christine Kix and Steve Rowland are expert scripters. 

If you’re determined to upgrade your Hosting, Voice Over, Interviewing Skills, try Mable Chan, Roifield Brown, Diana Opong, Steve Rowland, Ann Marie Awad, Karen Michel or Christine Kix

For all things related to DIY Podcast Production, Jeff Emtman, Ari Saperstein, Ann Marie Awad are accomplished podcast producers. 

If you're interested in learning Reporting for Radio, James Morrison, Sarah Montague, Diana Opong and Ari Saperstein can help. 

Do you need Feedback on a Work in Progress? Karen Michel and Traci Tong have you covered. 

Interested in Moving from Print to Audio? Kyle Norris, Ruxandra Guidi, Sonia Paul and Shia Levitt can give you sound advice. 

If you need help Finding Stories, try Kyle Norris, James Morrison, Sarah Montague and Shia Levitt for advice on what to look for. 

To know more about Freelancing Best Practices, Ruxandra Guidi, Shia Levitt, Mable Chan, Ariana MartinezSonia Paul, Lily Ames, Diana Opong and Chloe Prasinos are pros.

Interested in learning more about Audio Project Management and Production Design? Steve Rowland, Sheeba Joseph, Jayson De Leon and Traci Tong and are experts in designing and organizing big projects. 

Questions about Ethics in Storytelling can be directed to Ruxandra Guidi and Ann Marie Awad.

 

*Please note that many of our mentors are also available to consult on your larger, corporate or branded projects. Please reach out if a mentorship session isn't quite the right fit and you need more than what a mentorship session can provide.  

Further Questions

Please direct all questions about the SoundPath Mentorship program to AIR's Membership & Community Liaison, Erin McGregor at [email protected]

FAQ

How do I work with a mentor?

Visit SoundPath.co/mentors, read mentor profiles, and then it’s as easy as making a payment and booking a session directly with a mentor of your choosing. Be sure to check the mentor availability statement to make sure they’re available in the time period that serves you best.

How long in between mentorships do I have to wait before participating again?

You can book as many one-on-one sessions as you like. We recommend booking one session to start and then scheduling more as needed after discussing with your mentor. If you have trouble scheduling another session please contact [email protected]

Are discounts on mentorships available?

AIR members receive discounted pricing for mentorship. At this time, no formal programs exist to fully subsidize mentorships. That said, we welcome you to email [email protected] directly to discuss possible options to support your participation.

Do I have to have a specific project that I’m working on in order to benefit from mentoring?

We find that mentorships are more focused and effective if the mentee has a project or specific goals around which to frame the engagement. However, you can also ask your mentor for general career advice, receive feedback on a specific pitch or story, or even have a mentor review your portfolio.

How are mentorships conducted?

Mentorships occur remotely over video conference. Mentees can book a session through SoundPath after your payment is collected.

How are mentorships conducted?

Mentorships occur remotely over video conferencing or phone calls. Mentees can select which platform (Zoom, GoogleMeet, phone) they’d like to use for the session.

I can’t decide between all of the amazing mentors! How do I choose?

It all depends on your goal. We find that mentorships are more effective when the mentee has a project or specific goals to provide a framework for your time with your mentor. This is your time to get industry insight for general career advice, receive feedback on a specific pitch or story, or even have a mentor review your portfolio. Who do you think would be best at that, and more importantly, who are you inspired by? We’ve compiled a list of recommendations for you, but if you prefer we suggest an appropriate mentor for you, email [email protected] to help you decide who to work with.

Are discounts on mentorship sessions available?

AIR members receive discounted 25% discounted pricing on mentorship sessions. Some of our mentors offer sliding scale rates, including Kyle Norris and Steve Rowland. Reach out to [email protected] to request a coupon code to be applied at checkout.

How long in between mentorships do I have to wait before participating again?

You can book as many one-on-one sessions as you like. We recommend booking one session to start and then scheduling more as needed after discussing with your mentor. If you have trouble scheduling another session please contact [email protected]

What if I have trouble reaching my mentor or mentee?

Please contact AIR and direct facilitation will be provided.

I think I’d be a good mentor. How does it work?

SoundPath Mentors go through an onboarding process where they choose their own rates (current mentor rates range from $35 - $210), hours of availability, and learn about how to market your skills. 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. Once a month, we issue you a payment for your completed sessions by check or ACH.

What makes a good mentor?

What did you need when you were starting out in audio? Chances are you needed access to industry professionals to walk you through pitching 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. SoundPath mentors have 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 qualify. Please reach out to Mentorship Lead Erin McGregor at [email protected] and tell me about what you are particularly good at and your unique experience as a creator. You’ll stand out if you have niche offerings rather than broad.

I know someone who is a great fit for the program. How do I tell you about them?

Erin McGregor leads the SoundPath mentorship program and is happy to take your recommendations for mentors, especially those from underrepresented voices in media (queer, trans, black, indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, etc). Please email [email protected] with or without an introduction to your recommended mentor!