There are SO many great reasons to compose for film, tv and games.  However, expecting external validation in the forms of gratitude, acknowledgment, praise, thanks, kudos, pats on the back and appreciation from others should NOT be your motive nor presumption.

Hopefully, your reasons for pursuing this career are things like your love of music, film, collaboration and compensation.  Hopeful, you are driven by an internal desire to work hard, do a good job, contribute to a team and a project.  Hopefully, you validation comes from within.

EXTERNAL VALIDATION IS A PERK

Get praise or acknowledgement by others are a nice little bonus, not an entitlement.  Treat them as such.  Look at the 99.9% of people whose jobs don’t lend themselves to the sort of validation that many media composers crave and often view as an entitlement.

RARE PRAISE

The entertainment industry isn’t overstuffed with those who necessarily lavish thanks, praise, credit and acknowledgment on others.  

and, so what?  If you aren’t seeking those things, then you can focus on the cake (your work) and not the sprinkles (validation from others). 

THE POWER OF SELF VALIDATION

Acknowledging and validating yourself is always available and 100% in your control.  Don’t give your power away by turning to business associates and others to make you feel good about yourself.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS?