In another post Kevin Mathie raises a question about doing quality projects over a quantity of them and how that impacts traction and a sense of success. 

IF YOU CAN GET QUALITY PROJECTS, TAKE THEM!!!!!!!!!

But what do you do in the meantime while you are waiting to get THE MISSION? 

In the case of Ennio Morricone, he scored an average of 19 FILMS PER YEAR FOR  20 YEARS!!!! (And a huge number of those 380+ films were things like caveman sex comedies such as WHEN WOMEN HAD TAILS) prior to doing THE MISSION.

BUT DOESN’T DOING AN ACCLAIMED FILM MAKE A CAREER?!!!

Interestingly, you can win an Oscar for Best Score to a film that won both Best Actor and Best Picture (THE ARTIST) and have the career of Ludovic Bource.  Or you can have tons of early less-than-stellar credits like GIDGET GOES TO ROME, I PASSED FOR WHITE, BACHELOR FLAT, THE SECRET WAYS, BECAUSE THEY’RE YOUNG, DADDY-O and GILLIGAN’S ISLAND and then have the career of John Williams.  

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS SAYS:

“When quality projects come your way, TAKE THEM”

But how do you get them to come your way?

THE BORING AND ANNOYING ANSWER:

Most of the times it is via relationships which typically involves doing enough not-so-great projects to establish those relationships.