Top Ten Myths about being a Film Composer #10

Uncategorized Jul 17, 2018

Myth #10-

"My music is a perfect fit for film"

Reality check-
Music in film is not about your music, my music or anyone's music per se. The role of music in film is to help the film maker tell his/her story more effectively. Period.
Sure...if a film maker likes what you may get the opportunity to work on their film.
If you get the opportunity...good for you!!! The battle is half won.
The other half is to do whatever it takes to make your boss (the director) happy. While it is gratifying to have someone flatter you about how talented you are, or how great your music is never lose sight of what the main goal is: happy customers.
Directors are not musicians. They are directors. Directors have a knack for finding ways to motivate those around them to achieve their goals/needs. Some might call it manipulation.
Directors are not your friends. The director is your boss. Treat the relationship with the appropriate respect.
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Pick Me! Pick Me! Pick Me!

Uncategorized Jul 16, 2018

Being a creative work for hire individual is challenging.

There are no rules.

It’s hard to know where to turn for advice.

And, if you are anything like I was when I was young, chances are you are always looking for acknowledgment and acceptance.

It is natural to think you have to look outside yourself to find the answers. We are trained to research and assimilate information to improve ourselves.
But what if the answer was already inside you? What if you had to no look no further than yourself?

A byproduct of our educational experience is the pressure to conform. To be able to measure progress schools are required to judge against a norm.

Unfortunately, conformity stifles creative solutions depriving us of the freedom to explore solutions that are unique to us. Schools do a terrible job at teaching students to think for themselves, to connect the dots in ways that are unique to us.

Most of us are starting life at a disadvantage. Most times we don’t know it!


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