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πŸ’” Dealing with Criticism as a Composer 🧠 mindset Aug 21, 2023

Pursuing creativity isn’t easy. The choice to become an artist is already difficult, let alone dealing with other people's opinions about it.

And when it comes to art, everyone has an opinion.

Here are some criticisms I've received over the years (from some not-so-nice clients):

"Your music doesn't sound original."
"I only hired you because my friend said you worked for free."
"This job was...

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✈️ Do Film Composers Need to Live in LA? 🀝 networking Aug 21, 2023

In 2019, I moved to LA to continue pursuing a composing career.

6 months later, COVID hit the US, sending us into a nationwide lockdown.

Quarantine forced me to be creative with finding new opportunities.

I replaced in-person networking with forums/Zoom calls.

I made educational videos on YouTube instead of sending job applications.

I made an e-book, launched a podcast, and created a webstore.

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πŸ”• Productivity Hacks for Composers πŸ€– workflow Aug 21, 2023

 Balancing my work as a composer, content creator, and educator can be tough.

To prevent myself from working weekends or pulling all-nighters, I employ six strategies to protect my time and maximize my efforts:

Plan Tomorrow (Today)

Take 10 minutes at the end of each work day to plan tomorrow's activities. Waking up with a premade agenda sets you up for success before you've even woken up....

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🎹 The Ultimate Composition Practice Routine 🎹 composition Aug 21, 2023

Mastery of composition (or any art) comes from 1000+ hours of quality practice. Implement these four strategies into your practice routine, and over time you'll see incredible results:

Step 1: Imitate

Early on in your studies, steal remorselessly.

Illustrators often go to museums to sketch famous artwork that moves them. Transcription and imitation allows you to put on a composer's gloves--to...

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🎻 From Piano to Strings in 10 Minutes 🎹 composition Aug 15, 2023

In case you missed it, here's a video from last week on a crazy simple trick I learned from studying John Powell's How to Train Your Dragon 2 score.

If you want to see the full behind-the-scenes on how I composed, arranged, and mocked up the finished piece, be sure to join my Patreon! Details below

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πŸ—“οΈ Design Your Dream Schedule πŸ–οΈ lifestyle Aug 15, 2023

One of the most exciting things about working for yourself is the ability to control how you spend your time.

And yet often when we get that freedom, many of us either overwork ourselves or underutilize the time we allot. Distractions deter us, choices paralyze us, and we find our days ending with the thought “How did I work all day with nothing to show for it?”

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🎹 John Powell's Piano Roll 🎬 scoring Aug 01, 2023

In 2021, I decided to really dig deeper into improving my orchestration and mock-up chops.

One of the most eye-opening moments for me was watching some of John Powell's Logic playthroughs, and paying close attention to the piano roll. I realized that--unlike mine at the time--his arrangements didn't just sound clean... they looked clean.

You can literally see the variety of...

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πŸ”Ž Stop Using to Find Work ⭐️ highlights πŸ’Ό finding work Aug 01, 2023

A common struggle I see from aspiring composers is how to go about finding work and building relationships.

Most start off the same way:

“Let me Google ‘film composer jobs’ and see what shows up. Oh, or maybe I should apply to this Indeed job posting… or should I send out a bunch of emails to directors to boost my odds?”

Here’s the truth:

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πŸ›‘ Why One Media Composer Walked Away πŸ–οΈ lifestyle Jul 25, 2023

This video might be a tough pill to swallow, but it's worth a watch.

Jacques is an ex-media composer who outlines what prompted him to leave the industry.

I wish I could tell you that these problems don't exist, but they do--I've seen and experienced many of them first-hand:

So here’s my take.

As much as you might want this career, don't want it so badly that you overlook red flags....

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🌈 How to Modulate to Any Key 🎹 composition Jul 25, 2023

Until I made this video, I wasn't aware of how many ways to modulate there really are.

Some of these techniques were things I'd do intuitively, put never put a name to. Others were methods I'd never even thought of!

In this video, I'll walk you through 7 ways to modulate (from easy to difficult).

(And if you want 3 more, consider joining the Compose...

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