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sfx_king says

Hi guys, I’m wondering if your AJ income is sufficient to quit regular full time job? I looked at selling stats for Sound Effects category, doesn’ t look so promising. I do like AJ, best stock website for audio, but is it realistic to earn sufficient money for living?

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Boldtrax says

When you constantly build your portfolio with high quality items I’d say it’s possible within 2 years to get a sufficient AJ income that lets you quit a 9.5 job.

With concatntly I mean minimum 1 track per week, rather 2 tracks.

The rest will happen over time :)

Don’t know about SFX though

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SoundFix says

Definitely possible, look at Music Premium! I’m not sure if he quit his regular job but he earned enough money in his first year on AJ to do so :)

You have to be the best of the best to make a living out of AJ; I imagine you could count on one hand how many people actually do

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Twisterium says

Hi guys. That’s correct but I don’t think it’s possible to earn enough while selling sound effects.

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FxProSound says

I don’t know any SFX maker which can live for income from only one stocksite unless he/she lives in India or Africa :)

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Jonah-B says

It’s not impossible because several artists here make enough through AJ to support a good lifestyle, but it is a bit rare and it may even be somewhat of an impractical goal. You would probably have to quit your nine to five just to have enough time to focus on the music and marketing required to make it happen :p

Most people that make a living through sound design are doing hired contract work. That’s where the money is, and that’s where my sights are set. Working yourself into a position where you can maintain a steady stream of interested clients is difficult though. For many composers, the contract work is the primary income and the stock audio is just a little extra pocket change on the side. That’s the more traditional way, at least.

This could be changing though! Computers, the internet, and our rapidly changing culture is converting more and more content consumers into content creators. That’s more demand for easily accessible and affordable stock music. Hence the reason most of us are still making some sales even though the site is swamped with absurd amounts of music for buyers to pick from. Who knows where this trend will take us. :)

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BeyondTheVeil says

id imagine earning a full living from just SFX would be a push and require a truly enormous collection to dominate the market. AJ works differently for all contributors. Personally i find it a welcomed side line income stream that i dont bank. What ever comes in usually goes out on new sample libraries, maintenance etc and is just a cool supplement to my other musical earnings.

It would be interesting for sure to find out if anyone out there is close to or achieving this goal with just SFX as there primary sector.

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buddhabeats says

For sound effects, I would say you’d have to have several thousands of effects in your portfolio AND have them spread across several marketplaces. Great quality products being a given in this scenario.

I would also plan various “specialty” projects that would be geared more towards pro sound designers. For example, a 5GB pack of HD audio recordings of a particular car, gunshots, wind, etc…with different mics capturing different perspectives. You can charge a much higher price for the pack, which won’t make you rich, but will help pay the bills. But more importantly IMO, put you on the map with these pro guys who make large $$ purchases and who may take an interest in purchasing your other sound effects. (which you may have packaged as an entire library – remember thousands of sound effects you’ve recorded – for them to purchase)

At the very least the specialty projects would be something to hone your skills and might be fun. But really, you need a lot of good quality, useful content. Doesn’t matter if you have 10,000 items for sale if nobody is buying them! ;)

What kind of portable recording setup are you thinking about?

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Kurlykovs says

Anything is possible just like the word IMPOSSIBLE say for it self I AM POSSIBLE :) Bill Gates got kicked out of college and he is da man :) and many many others. so as long as you try you will have success!

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rtofvnt says

You could give up 9-5 if you were selling on themeforest.

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