Composing Career Bootcamp

How To Know When You're Ready to Pursue a Composing Career

โญ๏ธ highlights ๐ŸŽฌ scoring ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work ๐Ÿค networking ๐Ÿง  mindset Jun 28, 2024

Someday, you'd like to start pursuing paid composing work.

But you're not ready for it yet - or so you think.

So to GET ready, you've been focusing on practicing your composing skills so that your music will be "good enough" to be taken seriously.

And yet, you might still be wondering:

"How will I know when my music IS good enough to get paid?"

Good question.

But what if I told you that you've been approaching this career backwards?

What if you DIDN'T have to wait to find work?

In fact... 

What if I told you that you're ready to pursue composing work right now?

Don't believe me?

I didn't believe it, either...

That's me at 14 years old in 2007 - the year I decided to pursuing composing full-time.

Back then, I spent ALL of my free time...

  • ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Listening to interviews
  • ๐ŸŽฌ Re-scoring scenes
  • ๐Ÿ“ Score studying to hone my music chops.

But...

I avoided networking and marketing for years.

Partially because I'm an introvert - and partially because I thought I wasn't ready.

And here's where 99% of composers get stuck.

This is called the 'when/then' fallacy:

"WHEN my music is good enough, THEN I'll look for work."

See the problem here?

That's like saying "WHEN I'm strong enough, THEN I'll get a personal trainer."

Waiting to feel ready to do something is never the formula for success.

If you're serious about pursuing a composing career, you need to start pursuing it now.

Seriously - right now.

Starting now gives you the best shot at finding success later.

Not only that...

It'll ALSO be the quickest way to improve your music skills.

(Re-scoring scenes, entering competitions, and practicing in your DAW are just the tricycle wheels. The sooner you start riding the bike without them, the faster you'll improve.)

But you might not be convinced yet.

And that's okay.

Because before you'll believe me, there's a deeper belief we have to challenge.

Right now, what do you picture when you think of "professional composing work"?

Chances are you're thinking something like...

  • ๐ŸŽฌ Pixar animation
  • ๐ŸŽธ Rockstar Games
  • ๐Ÿ“บ An HBO show
  • ๐ŸŽน Hans Zimmer's production studio

I did, too.

But ALL of these studios are only the highest rung of the entertainment industry ladder.

And the truth is...

You can even make living as a composer WITHOUT doing AAA work.

Here's how.

Right now, there are literally millions of films, animation, indie games, and online content being made by creators that could use your music.

And 99% of them are in the beginnings of their career.

Just like you.

So the key to starting now isn't trying to jump straight to the top of the ladder.

That won't work.

The key is to work with people on the SAME LEVEL as you.

And to find those people, you'll need to start with people who already know and trust you.

That means friends, friends of friends, colleagues, mentors, and family.

You'll need to get comfortable asking for help, being honest about where you're at in your journey, and relying on the goodwill of other people.

But when you do, you'll see incredible results in a short amount of time.

 

STILL don't think you're ready?

Listen:

It's not up for YOU to decide.

Ultimately, other people will decide what level you're at, what projects they're comfortable working with you on, and what they're willing to pay you.

In time, all of these things will improve.

But that's IF you start now.

If you continue waiting, there's only one outcome that's guaranteed:

You'll never start.

(If you're ready to take action and want to learn how, check out the Composing Career Bootcamp and join 100+ composers who are expanding their networks, marketing themselves online, and landing paid work from around the world.)

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