Normally I write articles directly relating to the music and film industries, but today I wanted to talk about something that consumes many of our lives: the pursuit of "success." For many people success means money and authority, for others it's related to health and quality of life. In the music industry it's often getting signed to a label, scoring a hit TV show or blockbuster movie, or working with a company or individual we consider "successful." Some people are even willing to give up everything else they have just for a chance to be "successful" in the music industry, with no guarantees of course. In this article, I'll talk about some recent thoughts I've had on "success" and a few ways you can find it for yourself.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Jerry Goldsmith, truly one of the greatest film composers of all time. Jerry brought us some of the most iconic scores in film and television history, including Planet of the Apes, Patton, Chinatown, The Omen, Alien, Poltergeist, Rudy, The Mummy, Rambo, Star Trek, and the list goes on and on. When I was studying Film Scoring at Berklee, I was constantly in aw of Jerry's musical vocabulary - whether a modern film composer is aware of it or not, I would be willing to bet that they have been influenced in one way or another by Goldsmith's music.
As you may or may not know, I'm currently running a design contest from my website. Sunday was the launch date and the contest has already started generating some buzz. It seems like so far there are some people who are excited about it (I know I am), however today I learned about one reason some people might not be so excited about it.
There are no geniuses in the world, only people who have worked harder than you.
This last week was an exciting one for composers and musicians in Portland, OR. Family Guy composer Ron Jones made a special appearance for our local Ravel Study Group, a group of composers and musicians started by Ron in LA, and talked about his experiences in the industry and what the future holds for him. Ron touched on some very important and inspiring aspects of being a successful musician and I wanted to share just a few.
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