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Tales of the porcupine

Fable of the porcupine

It was the coldest
winter ever. Many animals died because of the
cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided
to group together. This way they covered and protected
themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest
companions even though they gave off heat to each other.

After a while, they decided to distance themselves one
from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen.
So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of
their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely,
they decided to go back to being together. This way they
learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by the
close relationship with their companion, but the most
important part of it was the heat that came from the others.
This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings
together perfect people, but the best is when each individual
learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire
the other person’s good qualities.

The Moral of the story:

LEARN TO LOVE THE PRICKS IN YOUR LIFE.

For some great music to help you along your way turn onto markallanwolfe.com and explore your mind

I found this out and about a while ago and felt it to be encouraging to my heart. I was really glad that someone shared this with me and I wanted to re post it here to perhaps help you. You maybe dealing with some similar things and find this amusing. I hope that you all find encouragement today . If you dig it feel free to share it and let me know. 

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Getting your music HEARD

Here are a few more ideas I wanted to share with all of you. I have been thinking about all the people and composers out there who reach out to me and ask a lot of questions, so I wanted to share a few things that have helped me a long the way.

I also want to let you know I do these very things also so I am not above anything here. I really believe it. If you want it you need to go get it and work hard, NO ONE will give it to you. For starters it’s really worth while doing some research on your possible clients or potential music supervisors or film makers – looking at their previous jobs and the styles they usually work with. I find that one good place to start your search is Linked In – which also helps you see where people move to when they change jobs.

Spirit of ROCK

Spirit of Rock-Mark Allan Wolfe


Remember that there are hundreds of other composers out there all trying to get work – what is your unique angle/what will get you remembered?  What is your sound like? Did you send something unusual in the mail? did you make a funny making of video for one of your tracks – try and stand out.  Marketing yourself should take at least 50% of your time…Remember NO ONE ELSE WILL!!

Do some market research before you start sending examples of your work around.  Try and find out who you need to send you work to and what kind of thing they are looking for and what format they want to see it on, eg DVD, an internet link or whatever.

If you do it and try your best and faint not it will come to pass. It may take a while but if you do it and have the chops and determination eventually people will listen. It may take a long time before you are financially self sufficient to compose full time.  You may have to supplement your income with other types of musical work.  However if you have talent and determination it can be one of the best jobs in the world.

Feel free to share this and network with me and sign up or follow me on twitter, facebook or where ever. You never know who is listening and watching or when someone will call asking for your style of music.

Mark Allan Wolfe
www.markallanwolfe.com
mark@markallanwolfe.com

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When you mail your CD to the companies, make sure it is clearly marked to the attention of the supervisor’s name. Keep your package as simple as possible. On the outside of the package write “Music CD” so it is clear what’s in the package. Include a simple cover letter that explains you would like your music to be considered for use in one of their productions. Also, clearly identify the track(s) on the album you would like them to listen to. Don’t just send them a full CD and expect them to sit down and listen to the whole thing until they hear something they like. Make sure you write your contact information directly one the CD, too. This way, if the music director looses your cover letter, they will still know how to contact you.

ImageNo one will ever care for your music as much as you. No one will ever take the time to do what you do about your own music. When you send it out, you have to do it right. for you only have one chance. When I first started out no one told me how to do it. It took time, patience hard work and faith, among other things.

You should even get a nice folder, fancy paper and stickers labels perhaps to stick on CD or DVD cover so you can print the song list on it with all your contact info on it so it can be read properly. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard about music supervisors taking CD that come in with nothing , no paper or anything and tossing it in the trash. If you do not care about it why should they?

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