Composers and musicians know the incredible value of practice. And for Media Composers gaining experience is their form of practice. Experience is the key to so very much. Hypothetical thinking only gets you so far. Real World Experience is extraordinarily different and extraordinary crucial.
Key experiences to practice upon:
1. GETTING OPPORTUNITIES TO SCORE
A non-media composer can compose to their heart’s content, but media composers typically need someone else’s media… films, tv and games… to practice upon. To gain experience a composer needs to get projects to work on. This can be a real Catch-22 since frequently one needs experience to get the opportunity to gain experience. And practicing “getting work” is important as almost everything else.
2. EXPERIENCE SCORING TO FILM
On-the-job experience of composing to film is infinitely valuable. This isn’t just about writing music, it’s about developing dramatic sensibilities, experimenting with concepts, working through technical and other challenges.
3. GETTING A BUNDLE OF EXPERIENCE COLLABORATING WITH FILMMAKERS.
Composing is a solo sport. Media composing is a team sport. As part of a team there is a lot involved beyond composition such as understanding and incorporating input from other, Diplomacy, Communication, Getting notes, Doing rewrites, Meeting deadlines, Communicating with and pleasing clients. You need a team to practice being on a team.
4. GETTING EXPERIENCE AT MANAGING PROJECTS.
Media scoring involves big and complex projects which require strategy, juggling, modification, adaptability all within deadlines and budgets. Developing your pacing, workflow and methods within your own team and with the filmmaking team is something that gets established and improved upon through practice.
5. GAINING ENOUGH TRACTION AND EXPERIENCE WITH ALL OF THESE THINGS TO ALLOW FOR GETTING MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THESE STEPS OVER AND OVER… AND OVER AND OVER… AND OVER AND OVER…
Musicians spend years practicing their instrument to get remotely good at them.
Media composers need to practice, too. And that practice most often comes through experience.
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