Breakthrough professional development with Nathan Lively
Stop doing work you hate just to pay the bills and start doing amazing work to reach your full potential.
Who is this program for?
Smart audio engineers, producers, sound designers, and AV technicians who want ONE thing:
★ To build a lifelong career in audio that they can be proud of. ★
I’m a pretty big deal.
I know this page looks very business-y, but I promise that I’m neither a Nigerian prince nor a robot; I’m a regular guy. I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like you.
Except that after I put my pants on I have:
- 13 years of experience in pro audio in 7 major cities across 3 countries
- interviewed 35 sound engineers (including Ken “Pooch” Van Druten with LinkIn Park, Bob McCarthy from Meyer Sound, and Dave Swallow from La Roux) for my podcast, Sound Design Live
- 110,000+ plays on SoundCloud
- 90+ articles in Pro Sound News Europe, LinkedIn, and Sound Design Live.
Basically, I’ve spent my entire career as a guinea pig for this program. I bring years of experience to the training environment to create specific advice and guidance for the next steps in your career. Also, I make a mean cup of hot chocolate.
Do any of these apply to you?
You’re sick of working with DJs. Bring on the rock!
You have the technical skills, but need help getting yourself out there.
You’re moving to a new city and need to rebuild your network.
You love working in audio, but aren’t sure where your best fit is.
You’re ready to work on bigger, more complicated productions.
You’re working your ass off, but still living month-to-month.
Building a career in audio is a BIG mystery.
I can’t make a living in audio because people aren’t paying for music.
Sound engineers are burned out and unhealthy.
There is great demand for high quality audio engineers and you can access that demand by mastering personal referral.
“The concert business is basically on fire.” –Billboard Magazine
There are opportunities for healthy living if you understand the power of habit.
How does it work?
You get a one-on-one professional training call with me every week. This is where you’ll get to ask your burning questions and get feedback from me about your current challenges, saving yourself years of dead-ends and misguided attempts.
Using my years of professional experience in the audio industry I’ll give you direct guidance and feedback on what works and what doesn’t.
Each time you and I talk, I will recommend for you a particular piece of content (video; audio; article) that would be especially useful for your current project. You’ll also get access to all of my private training on system tuning.
You’ll get access to a private online community of other audio professionals where you can ask and answer questions of other people who are doing the same thing you are…building a career in audio. Plus, you will get access to my hundreds of industry connections.
I am committed to your growth as an audio professional and I ask for you mutual commitment to be your highest self.
What are people saying?
I’ve always talked about the dream job, thinking it was only a pipe dream. With this program, that dream became a reality. After countless applications and rejection emails, with Nathan’s guidance I landed my first ever International tour with Cirque Du Soleil. Thanks Nathan for challenging me to push my own boundaries and take ahold of my Career. -Anthony M., L.A.
Your program is worth every penny and it achieved exactly what I was hoping for. -Amadis B., Switzerland
I created a compelling vision for my life, specified my niche, and got a job at a festival. I was so motivated and outgoing from our work together that I even started dating a girl I really like! Nathan is not only interested in my success as a professional, but also in my happiness as a human being, and I think that is invaluable. -Martim R., Portugal
I followed the advice you gave and things have been great. I’ve been doing freelance work and sound for a local bar. I got an internship at a local studio and I’m also working for some IMDB credits doing post. I’ve decided to become financially independent and throwing myself out there has gotten me what I needed. -Shannon W.
From the beginning of the program, I learned some very valuable lessons from you about getting in the right head space for making a career in audio. That is what was most helpful. All the tools you have suggested are great. When I researched them independently to get a second opinion, I found that they were all highly regarded by others in the industry. -Josh R.
I developed a roadmap with clients from intake to closing projects that gives me critical information I was missing. The most important thing the program has given me is peace of mind, and knowing that I can make a difference in my business. -Michael G.
Nathan gave me a sounding board for my ideas, and always had a suggestion to build off of my past successes. -Tim K.
In July of 2016, Anthony Murano hit a wall. The production company he worked for had just gone into their slow season, which meant warehouse maintenance at half pay. Anthony wanted to be working on big national tours, making a decent living, creating an emotional impact mixing for large audiences. Instead, he was bored out of his mind and could barely pay his rent. Something had to change.
After a month of emotional stress, Anthony decided to apply for graduate school. He was rejected. At first he was upset, but then he realized, maybe that wasn’t what he really wanted. Maybe there was another way.
He had been listening to the Sound Design Live podcast for years. He knew Nathan did some kind of career coaching, but he wasn’t sure what to expect. During their first meeting they came up with a bunch of ideas together and Anthony decided to enroll in Success in Sound.
Over the next six months, through a process of industry research and relationship building, Anthony expanded his networked and focused in on three touring companies he wanted to work for. When it came time for Anthony’s interview, he not only had the confidence that he was the best fit for the job, but also had the background knowledge to impress the interviewers.
A year later, Anthony’s not stuck in a warehouse making minimum wage. He’s on tour around the U.S. with Cirque Du Soleil. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.
(P.S. At the same time that Anthony got the Cirque tour offer, he was also offered two other shorter tours. In Anthony’s words, “I guess when it rains, it pours.”)
How is this different?
You may be nodding your head thinking, “Yes, this makes sense. I just need to get myself out there.”
If it were that easy you would have done it already!
The truth is that the #1 problem that most of us have is taking consistent action. You may be paralyzed by indecision, unclear about opportunities, or stuck in old patterns. Personalized training and public accountability are the best ways to build strong momentum of meaningful action.
What’s in it for me?
We’ll start by identifying your location on the pro audio path and your big vision for the future. Once you are 100% committed to your goals we’ll develop a strategy plan including the most import projects and habits that will lead to success. For many clients this includes identifying your ideal client, highly profitable niche, and financial and time needs. I’ll be with you for each step to identify any blocks and areas for optimization.
We’ll celebrate all of your achievements and make sure to monitor progress to avoid burnout. During this initial phase all clients report improved momentum and productivity.
In next phase, you’ll learn insider secrets in networking, marketing, and sales to take you light years ahead of your peers. We will discover which actions produce the desired outcomes and as confidence and clarity accelerate, positive change will come more and more easily. You’ll start to get more calls, better pay, and more exciting opportunities.
If you start with a proven plan, the right strategy, you can literally convert decades of struggle into days of achievement. You can avoid the inevitable frustration that comes with learning something for the first time by trial and error. Instead, you can get results in days, instead of years, by learning from people who have achieved success already. Why reinvent the wheel? -Tony Robbins
How much does it cost?
The main service I offer is private professional coaching over video calls. (But we can meet in person if you are in Minneapolis.)
During these calls we will discuss the most effienct path to getting more of the work you really love and less of the crap you don’t. This usually involves personalized plans for optimizing your skills, marketing, and networking.
Keep in mind that a solid accountability coach with no special training in pro audio could cost you $1,000/month.
I am happy to be able to offer the world’s first online career coaching program optimized for audio professionals for just $300/month.
At this rate you will receive:
- Four 30-minute coaching session per month.
- 24/7 support through my private community of audio entrepreneurs like yourself.
I generally recommend a goal of six months, but there is no time commitment or requirement.
Is there a guarantee?
Yes! I guarantee at least one sound guy joke per week.
I also offer a 2-week trial period. Try the full program; attend private sessions, access all teaching materials, post questions in the forum. If it’s not working out for you after two weeks, for any reason, you can cancel. There’s no risk for you at all.
The bottom line
I care deeply about your growth as an audio entrepreneur and your satisfaction with your work.
This is the only program of its kind and I work every day to drive the strongest results possible.
I urge you to make a commitment today to go after what you want.
How do I apply?
Enrollment is ongoing and limited to 20 people at a time.
To apply to the program, schedule a free 30-minute strategy session today.