TIP #2 FOR ALL COMPOSERS (BUT ESPECIALLY WOMEN): Constantly pound on doors like you are a salesperson (Because you are):

Always remember, you are the product that is being sold, not your music.

You are selling the concept that you are the greatest choice for the buyer to entrust in delivering the score to their precious baby.

And in most cases, those potential buyers barely know you, if at all.

So, you need to step far away from the comfort zone of your composing station and out into the entirely different, and ultimately essential world of sales.

To even get your foot into one door requires knocking on a whole lot more that never get answered.

BANG.
BANG.
BANG.

RING.
RING.
RING.

PARDON ME, BUT…
PARDON ME, BUT…
PARDON ME, BUT…

IF I COULD HAVE A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME.
IF I COULD HAVE A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME.
IF I COULD HAVE A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME.

FOLLOWING UP TO SEE…
FOLLOWING UP TO SEE…
FOLLOWING UP TO SEE…

CAN WE GET TOGETHER?
CAN WE GET TOGETHER?
CAN WE GET TOGETHER?

Over and over with the overwhelming realization that it is a reasonable expectation that it probably takes being ignored 50 times to yield just one meeting

And…

Once you manage to get inside to talk, you gotta wow them. You better paint such a compelling picture of the problems you are going to solve for them. You need to convince them that choosing you makes their lives a whole lot better.

A lot depends on how good your sales pitch is and how stupendous your marketing materials like demos and examples of your musical material are.

After pounding those seemingly endless doors, a great salesperson with terrific demonstrative materials might land the job from 1 out of 15 such meetings

Doing the math, it would take knocking on 750 doors to get to the 15 meetings that could ultimately land that one job.

How long would it take you to knock on those 750 figurative and sometimes literal doors to hopefully land that one job?

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH:

Ask yourself, with all honesty, how many doors do you currently bang on each day? How many more are you willing to take on? Will you really commit to that increase and for how long?

Look in a mirror and honestly answer if you are really willing to take on the full time job of selling yourself day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

Don’t lie to yourself.

Instead of being deflated with daunting figures of low diversity in the scoring field, explore for yourself what will happen to YOU if YOU pounded on those 750 doors.

I suspect your own 750 Door Journey will shape and inform and ultimately define you in ways you could never even imagine.