"Hey, can you give me some advice? I want to make a name for myself in film scoring..."
I get this question every week in the form of emails, texts, Facebook messags, tweets, SoundCloud notes and everything in between. There is some sort of perception that you can do enough, promote enough or be loud enough to "get noticed" in the world of film scoring. Let me assure you that self-promotion will be your imminent downfall. And let me assure you that none of us deserve to make a living as a musican or composer. Take it from a guy whos whole life has been built on self...and I've watched it all be dismantled over the last 10 years. I've been watching my little empire crumble. I've watched my desire to get noticed destroy me...and I'm watching it destroy the younger generation coming up right behind me.
If you're young. If you're wanting to get famous. Get noticed. Get heard. Then read this - this is as much of an encouragement as it is a warning. You, like me, live in the most entitled generation in the history of the world, and we think that a few sample libraries and average mixing skills are going to make us a household name. But we might be wrong...and there might be a better way to navigate this incredible space we're all being invited into...