Most media composers are looking to gain access to a long-term career filled with financial stability, artistic expression, satisfying collaborations and rewarding projects.
The ever-present challenge is often perceived as a question of HOW to get onto that career highway.
The real equation is less a question of HOW but more of WHOM.
THE ON-RAMPS ARE PEOPLE
The path to that career superhighway is about your relationship with people… people in power. The people in power to bring you onto their projects.
Those people can be a director, a producer, a music supervisor, a film editor, a music editor, a music department executive, a show runner or others involved in the decision-making regarding engaging composers.
CAREER MILESTONES START WITH: “SO, I MET THIS GUY/GAL”
Ask others about how they got onto the different segments of their career highway and it will all come back to someone in a position of decision-making power lifting the toll gate and ushering then onto the on-ramp.
WHY DO PEOPLE BRING COMPOSERS ONTO THE HIGHWAY?
While there are a myriad of different specifics of why people in power bring on a composer, the core answer is shockingly simple:
“Because they want them.”
WHY ARE COMPOSERS WANTED BY THE PERSON IN POWER
Decision-makers may want them for a number of reasons, including:
because they already worked with them
because they admire their body of work
because they were recommended by someone they respect
because they love a specific score
because they are well-known and admired in another field
because they are associated with something successful
because they are impressed with the person’s reputation
because they are taken by what the composer demonstrates to them
because the composer is uniquely connected to what they are looking for
because the composer provides the answer to a decision-maker’s problem.
Since people in power are the on-ramp to where you want your career to go, start evaluating your approach to things and how people-centric your life really is.
Take a look at the things you can do to attract decision-makers towards you.
What work are you putting out there?
How are you connecting to others?
How are you making yourself known?
How are you making yourself desirable?
ALWAYS REMEMBER, PEOPLE ARE THE KEY TO YOUR CAREER.