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.
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.
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Mark Allan Wolfe