The audio engineer is perhaps the most unheralded person in the recording studio. The impact he or she has on the outcome of any production is incredible. Every decision made regarding how a performance is recorded, stored, edited, processed and mixed can have a tremendous effect on the final product. It's no wonder that artists and producers select their engineers very carefully.
Becoming an engineer is journey that takes years to develop. Having good technical skills is only part of the equation for success. You must build a bond of trust with the clients you work with on every level. The client must be able to count on you when everything else is falling apart around them. The confidence you exude in a session will go a long way to making the client feel comfortable so they can focus on their role in the production process.