I assist in the recording/editing/mixing of sound for video games and commercials.
Throughout the day I talk to video editors, producers and directors to see exactly what we need to accomplish and also try to prepare for upcoming projects. Depending on the project, I'm either pulling sound effects, recording voice overs or assisting in the overall audio mix. When everyone is working together, the stresses of meeting deadlines goes away and a day at work starts to seem more like a day with friends... thats what a great day looks like.
I went to a trade school for audio engineering in Los Angeles called the Los Angeles Recording School. While I was enrolled there I took some extra courses to be Pro Tools 210 certified and was also interning for a local film composer. I started meeting more people in the audio industry and would try to learn from them while on the job. I would say the technical skills are only half of the training you need, a lot of the job is patience and staying calm under pressure.
Here's the first step for high school students
The first step though would be to intern. Do it as soon as possible and start meeting people who can point you in the right direction. You will figure out that even in big cities, everyone knows each other and some of those people might want to help you out.
"I hear that audio is really competitive. Maybe you should try to find a safer alternative."
After I took the safe route for a while I kind of just HAD to know if I could do this. It would have eaten away at me if I never tried.
Growing up with very little, I learned to take advantage of a good opportunity when I saw it. Also, I feel that starting to work at a young age gave me an edge over those who never held a job until after college.