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πŸ“š F*ck Your Feelings, by Ryan Munsey 🧠 mindset Jul 18, 2023

I recently picked up Ryan Munsey’s book “F*ck Your Feelings”—a book designed to help you overcome the limiting beliefs and habits that stop you from getting the results you want out of your health, work, and lifestyle.

It’s a great read for anyone into mental mastery.

Here’s some of the big takeaways I’ve gotten from his...

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⛓️ How to Escape a Chord Progression 🎹 composition Jul 11, 2023

This week’s video is a popular topic among students in my 1:1 coaching sessions—breaking free from harmonic progressions.

In this video, I’ll discuss how to use inversions, relative chords, borrowed chords, and chord extensions to expand your chordal vocabulary and inspire new ideas.

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🌎 Four Cool Instruments from Around the World 🎚️ production Jul 11, 2023

The hunt for great orchestral colors can be so captivating that sometimes we forget about all of the wonderful colors that exist outside of orchestral music.

I want to share with you some of my favorite instruments from around the world that I’ve used over the years in my music. I challenge you to find one that sparks excitement in you, and use it in a piece of your...

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πŸ¦‰ My Favorite Harry Potter Cue πŸ‘‚ listening Jul 04, 2023

Every time I decide to re-watch the Harry Potter movies, I’m constantly awestruck by the genius of the very first soundtrack Williams released.

While all of the movies and scores are great in their own right, Sorcerer’s Stone holds a special place in my heart (I’ve probably watched it 15 times by now).

My all-time favorite musical moment is the...

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🚜 Composing for Animation 🎬 scoring Jul 04, 2023

A few weeks ago, I went back to my roots and made a Composing in Real Time video:

These are my favorite videos to make. I love sharing my process on-camera (mistakes and all), and exploring the creative process in front of a virtual audience. Hope you enjoy them as much as me!

(And if you want the uncut version, consider becoming a Patron to gain access to...

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πŸ€” Your Demo Reel Won’t Get You Hired πŸ’Ό finding work Jun 27, 2023

Composer Geoff Zanelli drops some difficult truths in his recent Twitter post:

While I don’t feel quite as strongly on all points, I do agree that cold emailing a composer with your music is not likely to get you hired.

(If you’ve done that, don’t worry—we’ve all been there.)

The key is to build a real...

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🌱 The Secret to Growing an Online Audience ⭐️ highlights πŸ’Ό finding work Jun 27, 2023

In a recent interview with Canvas Rebel, I was asked how I built my audience on social media.

Whether you’re into social media or not, finding success as a professional creator is about one thing:

Providing VALUE.

That might seem obvious...

But we often we confuse OUR wants and needs with the wants/needs of our audience.

We think to ourselves:

  • “I want...
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🎬 Stop Scoring to Picture ⭐️ highlights 🎬 scoring Jun 20, 2023

Here’s a tip that’ll change the way you score scenes forever.

When starting off composing for media, many composers start by matching on-screen emotions 1:1.

If a character is angry, they think:

“What does angry music sound like?”

But here’s what separates the good film composers from the great:

To be truly impactful for an audience, music needs to...

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🀩 "How to Compose Like..." 🎹 composition Jun 20, 2023

This week, I’m sharing a bunch of videos with you.

Here’s all of the episodes from my “How to Compose Like” series, where I break down a piece from a popular film/game and show you step-by-step how to imitate it.

Imitation is a fantastic way to practice your composition and production chops, so dig around and see which video catches your eye!

(And if...

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🀯 4 Life-Changing Lessons 🧠 mindset Jun 13, 2023

In May, I joined Rich Webster’s quarterly “Work Less Cohort”—and it was one of the best decision’s I’ve ever made.

Too often, creative entrepreneurs build a career that feels like a cage, boxing them in to draining hours, endless communication, and zero boundaries.

The Work Less Cohort is about undoing that, and making your business work for ...

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