Bait and switch

I responded to a job offer for a sound engineer position at a podcast startup, offering a pretty good salary.

After an encouraging call with the founder, I went to see the studio. In addition to running audio for podcasts, which are all the list had discussed, he needed me to edit them all. HWe also needed my help to make the studio sound good – despite the desire to offer professional audio services to podcasters, the apartment he rented consisted mainly of a large echo room with two armchairs.

I was up to the challenge, but thought I could negotiate a better rate considering the extra work. I opened my mouth to say something like “awesome! about my pay … “

Customer: I can see what you are thinking. This is in fact an unpaid position. I only put the rate of pay in the list because the form did not allow me to leave it blank. I don’t really have the budget for a team at the moment.

He told me this as we sat in a London apartment he was renting for a studio, with around £ 5,000 of audio equipment he had bought (and didn’t know how to use it).

I smiled and nodded until I got home. I finally emailed him to let him know that for over 40 hours of skilled work per week people expect to be paid.

I still wonder if he found an engineer / sound editor and if any podcasters rented his studio which sounded worse than most rooms.

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