RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS

Beyond composing, the single most important aspect of having a career as a Media Composer is RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS.

You can be the greatest composer in the universe, but unless there are others who know this and care about you, your music and your career, you are the tree that falls in the forest with nobody hearing it.

RELATIONSHIPS are the cornerstone of every career.

And the people for whom to form and nurture relationships extends way beyond directors.

Here is a partial list:

Actors
Advertising Agencies
Agents
Assistants
Associate Producers
Audio Engineers
Bloggers
Charities
Completion Bond Companies
Coordinators
Co-Producers
Directors
Directors of Photography
Educational Institutions
Engineers
Executive Producers
Fan Sites
Fellow Composers
Film Editors
Film Festivals
Film Schools
Game Developers
Game Publishers
Government Officials
Journalists
Lawyers
Line Producers
Managers
Mix Engineers
Museums
Musicians
Music Departments
Music Editors
Music Gear/Software/Sample Library Manufacturers
Music Libraries
Music Supervisors
Non-Governmental Organizations
Orchestrator
Performance Rights Organizations
Post Supervisors
Producers
Publicists
Radio Hosts
Record Labels
Recording Studios
Social Media Experts
Sound Designers
Show Runners
Studio Executives
Trailer Houses
Writers

I suggest taking the time and looking at the contacts on your phone and see how many of these folks are there.

I suggest taking the time and looking at your calendar and being honest about how frequently you are interacting with these people.

I suggest looking at the interpersonal/social aspect of your life and analyze how rich, deep and consistent your relationships within your own industry really are.

I suggest looking at this list and thinking “What can I do for them?” vs. “What can they do for me?”

Relationship thrive on give and take.

What are you giving to fuel these relationships?

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