I learned everything I know (which is not much) by myself in the trenches of indie work. I always took bigger jobs than my experience, and asked a lot of questions, but I never screwed up anyone's picture and I always busted my ass for the opportunity to just even make a movie.
It was guys at the rental house that helped me in the beginning. Helping build packages, suggesting gear, without those guys I wouldn't have made anything happen.
I Know there are some Whales out in the waters, doing the biggest shows in the world.
I'm not there yet, but I'm willing to work up to it, and I'm not in any hurry to push out the giants whose shoulders we all stand on.
Those big cats earned their place in the food chain. I wanna earn mine.
I wish someone would take me under their wing and hip me to all the best info in the world but that's highest unlikely. I will learn on my own with time.
you have to want it. If that means scrambling to make it on a show and get gear and ask questions to learn I support you,.
I'm not mad you are trying to be a sound mixer, I know exactly what it feels like.