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πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ Six Reasons You're Not Getting Composing Work

πŸ’Ό finding work Aug 21, 2023

 It's tough to make money making music.

Here's some harsh truths about why you might not be getting hired (yet):

#1: You're not skilled enough.

Ask people who you trust for their honest opinions on where you're at. Be receptive to their feedback, and continue studying and practicing your craft.

Never stop being a student.

#2: No one knows you exist.

Stop waiting to be "discovered". Start sharing what you're working on, or what inspires you.

Make sure everyone knows what you dream of becoming--someone you know might be able to help you get there.

#3: No one trusts you.

Trust comes from consistency. Show up for people when you say you will. Do what you say you'll do. Be consistent in the things you apply yourself towards.

Be public-facing and willing to serve.

#4: No one needs what you do.

People pay for things that solve their problems--not yours.

Making a career as a composer is about discovering what value you provide to others (speed, novelty, comfort, consistency) and doubling down on them.

#5: You want it too much.

Nothing's a bigger red flag than desperation. Find a hobby, exercise, and socialize with others.

Build happiness in your life that doesn't center around the immediate "success" of your career.

#6: You need more time.

Most composers are doing all the right things to find work. They just need more time.

Be patient, persistent, and kind to yourself as you explore and experiment. Love the journey, not the destination.

(P.S. If you want to solve most of these problems in 6 weeks, check out my Composing Career Bootcamp!)

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