Why The AMP?
The Audio Mentoring Project exists because we care about the future of game audio development. We exist because we know we need a strategy to leave our field a better place than we inherited. We exist to invest in the next generation of audio devs and to invest in each other. We do it freely because we know it’s the right thing to do.
What is The AMP?
The AMP, at its core, is a group of veteran game audio developers serving as volunteers. Each volunteer brings years of experience and their extensive network of professional contacts in the industry. These volunteers form the council that both guides the mentors and mentees on their adventures and shapes the future of The AMP. They may also be mentors themselves.
We always need more mentors. Are you currently working in the game audio field? Then you probably qualify. The purpose of the AMP Volunteer Council is to vet mentors and mentees and to make great matches. Concerned you may not have something to offer? Let us worry about that bit. All you need to do on your end is to apply.
How It Works
The Audio Mentoring Project has periods of open enrollment. During these periods, anyone is welcome to apply for mentoring. While enrollment is closed, just keep practicing so you’re ready when the time comes.
The Audio Mentoring Project offers three mentoring packages: Full Mentorship, Group Mentorship, and One-shot Mentorship. Each of these packages is designed to support and educate the game audio community.
The role of the AMP Volunteer Council is primarily to coordinate and shepherd the mentor and mentee through the mentorship. We match people together and make sure that things keep moving along as expected.
This mentorship consists of a single one-on-one phone call between a mentor and a mentee. The mentee is required to prepare and send a minimum of five questions prior to the phone call.
This mentorship is the same as the One-shot Mentorship except it is arranged as a group call. This means that multiple mentors and/or multiple mentees will be participating.
This is a one-on-one mentorship with a minimum commitment of four hours over two months. Guidance is provided to help make for a comfortable and safe experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
Applying is easy! Use the menu buttons at the top of this page to apply.
How much does this cost?
It’s free. We only ask that you pass on the knowledge, generosity, and goodwill. If participation turns out to be a positive experience for you, then help us promote the project on social media.
What’s the catch?
There is no catch. All we want is to leave our industry as a better place than it was when we started. Ultimately, we all believe in a ‘rising tides’ mentality, and that by helping each other, all of our boats will rise. We all have something to gain by your participation.
Do I have to be a student?
Nope. You can be anyone as long as you’re over 18 years old. Whether you’re brand new or established, you’re welcome. If you want to challenge yourself to learn and grow and are responsible, respectful, and enthusiastic, then we’ll be happy to help you achieve that.
Do I get college credit?
We don’t currently offer college credit.
Will you listen to my demo reel?
If you’re accepted into a mentorship, this will be between you and your mentor, but generally speaking, we recommend laying a contextual groundwork before diving right into a demo reel review.
Can I ask for a specific person to be my mentor?
Not at this time. However, we put a lot of care into making matches. We may not always get it right, but we have an excellent track record so far.
How long can a mentorship last?
Could be one call, could be a lifetime. The AMP Volunteer Council will do what we can to help make your interactions positive, but our involvement will always be limited.
Can I quit after I’ve entered into a mentorship?
Yes, both the mentor and the mentee can quit the mentorship at any time for any reason. However, the expectation going into a mentorship is that both mentor and mentee are committing in good faith to whatever timeline is proposed based on the package.
I just applied, how long until I hear back?
It depends on the package, but it can take a while. Sometimes weeks, sometimes months. You can always check in with us, but we’re doing our best to keep things moving forward with your application.
How do I become a volunteer?
We are always willing to consider additional volunteers. The responsibilities of the volunteers will vary. Examples of volunteer work includes vetting mentors and mentees, reviewing and providing feedback on the web site and documentation, hosting interviews, wrangling social media, organizing calls, and a whole host of other stuff that comes up. The benefits are that it feels really good to volunteer and that we love the people that we volunteer with. If you’re interested in helping out as a volunteer, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
How much time can I ask for from my Mentor?
Our minimum commitment is defined based on the package, but we don’t involve ourselves directly in the relationship between mentor and mentee. We recommend that the mentor defines their time commitment boundaries up front.
What can I share about my experience? Can I tell all my friends?
I’m very shy or insecure – what should I do if I don’t feel very confident in these first steps?
Know that your mentor wants you to feel as comfortable as possible so that you can grow. You’re welcome to reach out to your mentor by e-mail (if that’s better for you) and highlight any points of insecurity you might have so that you’re both aware and can work around them.
In fact, mentorships can be good for people who are shy. A one-on-one relationship with a trusted partner can provide a safe place to discuss challenging issues.
Can I arrange to meet my mentor in person if we live in the same city, or attend the same event?
Always check with your mentor or mentee before meeting in person. You must respect the privacy of your mentor or mentee. However, if you’re both into it, go for it!
Can I still get a mentor if I’m not a native English speaker?
If you’re not a native English speaker, there’s a few things we can still do for you:
- If your English is very strong and you’re comfortable proceeding with the whole mentorship as normal, that’s an option!
- If your English is not very strong, but is conversationally functional, you can proceed as normal, but please let us know in your application so we can make a good match.
- If your English is not very strong, and you would prefer to have a mentor that also speaks your native language, we will do our best to match you with someone that speaks your language.