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๐ŸŽ™๏ธ My Interview for Akash Thakkarโ€™s Sound Business Podcast ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Apr 02, 2024

I love listening to podcasts.

So when sound designer and educator Akash Thakkar invited me onto his ‘Sound Business Podcast’, I jumped at the chance

On this episode, we discuss:

  •  The key to an effective practice routine
  •  How to stop comparison from killing your creativity
  •  Why you need to take risks (especially if you hate them)

I highly recommend it for some...

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๐ŸŒŽย Do You NEED to Move to L.A. to Compose Full-Time? ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Mar 19, 2024

In case you missed my recent YouTube video

I moved to Los Angeles in 2019 to continue my pursuits of composing for a living.

Prior to my move, I was in Tennessee, doing various music jobs including:

  •  Playing piano at a local church
  •  Teaching piano and guitar
  •  Doing music copyist work
  •  Taping sheet music together for a music librarian
  •  Recording YouTube videos...
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โŒย How to NOT Get Paid Composing Work ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Mar 12, 2024

Have you ever inverted a question?

This is a technique I learned recently from a business mentor of mine, and the concept blew my mind.

Here’s why…

When faced with a problem, we often ask ourselves:

“How do I solve this problem?”

But the issue with that approach is that if we knew how to answer that question, we’d already be doing it.

Composers looking...

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๐Ÿ’ก Steven Priceโ€™s Career Advice ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Feb 13, 2024

My buddy Tristan Noon shared an excellent piece of wisdom from composer Steven Price on how he found success in his composing career:

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So often, composers looking to go full-time think that they need to “master” music-making in order to find work in the industry.

But so...

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๐Ÿš€ Launch Your Career as a Media Composer ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Jan 09, 2024

A few weeks back, my friend, composer, and part-time assistant Robert Rodriguez interviewed me in prep for the Composing Career Bootcamp launch.

In this hour-long jam-packed video, we discuss the honest truth about what it takes to go full-time as a media composer, and actionable steps you can take right now to help you get there.

Since the launch of the Bootcamp, we’ve had 60 students...

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๐Ÿ’กย My 4-Step Process to Composing Full-Time ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Dec 12, 2023

In case you missed it, a few weeks back I released a YouTube video in preparation for my Composing Career Bootcamp.

In it, you’ll get a feel for the four key aspects I focused on in the 16 years it took me to go full-time.

(Spoiler alert: Only one of them was my music )

I’ll tag on one more point to this:

These things always seem obvious in hindsight, but rarely are in the present....

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๐Ÿ†˜ Why Most Composers Can't Go Full-Time ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Nov 28, 2023

I Surveyed Composers Just Like You

I asked composers on the Composing Career Bootcamp Wait List to fill out a brief survey which you can check out here.

Of those composers, over 50% of them had landed paid work, but were still struggling to do it full-time.

So getting paid something for composing is pretty common, but transitioning to doing it...

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๐Ÿ‹๏ธ Composing Careers Need Practice, Too โญ๏ธ highlights ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Nov 21, 2023

If you’re trying to make composing a full-time profession, your practice routine needs to change.

Think of it like exercise.

The left side of your body is your craft...

  • Composing
  •  Orchestrating
  •  Mockups
  •  Scoring

... and the right side of your body is your business:

  •  Networking
  •  Marketing
  •  Pitching
  •  Negotiation
  •  Communication
  •  Project...
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๐Ÿคžย Is That โ€œExciting Opportunityโ€ Just Another False Promise? ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Nov 14, 2023

Sometimes we’re offered opportunities that feel too good to be true.

They usually are.

It’s not that people mean to mislead or deceive you (always).

It’s that they don’t always know what they want.

Here’s how to navigate common obstacles when an “exciting opportunity” comes your way:



False opportunities are abstract and undefined.


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๐Ÿ™Œ Sharing a Student Win! ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Oct 31, 2023

For today’s video, I wanted to share a huge win from one of my awesome students, Vasiko Machabeli.

Vasiko recently had the opportunity to score his first client project, which was a huge win. But even cooler was that the client found him through his YouTube channel!

I’m a huge believer in the power of social media and an online presence to bring clients and collaborators to...

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