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BUY THEM A BOX OF DONUTS!

Monday, September 11, 2018

It is a common occurrence that composers will have to deal with directors who can’t make up their mind. There are plenty of nightmare scenarios, sometimes resulting in having to write and then rewrite a cue many, many times. If you ever find yourself in this predicament, the best thing to do is to take a step back and figuring out how to strengthen an emotional bond with your director.

I’ve heard of great stories, where a composer will walk into a meeting with a box of fancy donuts, and everyone is so instantly happy that all of a sudden the cues are perfect and no changes are needed! Similarly, a casual meet-up at the local hangout works, whether it’s for coffee or a beer. But be careful with all of this, because you must keep the conversation away from shop talk, otherwise this is not going to work! The idea is to solidify the relationship through chatting about whatever you might have in common - preferably anything other than your work.

Finally, many composers these days live and work far apart from their collaborators, so then what to do? Arrange for online meetups! Tell them to get their favorite drink of choice at the ready, and then figure out how to relax with each other. Sounds awkward? Well that is at the root of the problem! Any effort to break those barriers will be worth your while.

The whole point is that a healthy creative collaboration is based on absolute TRUST. And if the person you’re working with doesn’t really know you all that well, they might have trouble with your contributions to their beloved project, no matter how professional you may be behaving. In fact, being overly courteous might be the very problem - the key is to be relaxed and confident - confident enough to be able to push back in a relaxed manner with your own ideas.


NO, FILM COMPOSING IS NOT A MERITOCRACY, AND THAT'S A GOOD THING

Monday, September 10, 2018

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