So you want my arts job: Sound Designer

If you have an ear for detail, an active imagination and technical know-how, working as a sound designer and composer might be the job for you, says Daniel Nixon.

Daniel Nixon is a composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed with the MSO, Orchestra Victoria, John Farnham, Yothu Yindi, Sebine Meyer, Mikko Frank and many others. He has written and recorded multiple albums and worked extensively as a session player, programmer and producer.

He has also scored and designed numerous films, games, ads, plays and dance works including work with Flashgun Films, Cascade Films, Little Ones Theatre, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, American Girl, Universal Television, Disney Pictures, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Dirty Pretty Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre, Madman Entertainment, NBCU, ABC, Netflix, Arts House, HBO, Farmhand films, and many others.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts