--- “Where do I look to find a film scoring job? How do I get started?!” ---
There I was, an “aspiring film composer” faced with the daunting task of finding my first paid film scoring project.
“Where do I start?!”
“Where can I look?!”
“Am I even ready?!”
All these questions were running through my mind.
I was desperate to become a “legitimate” film composer. To get paid for the work I loved doing. To get the recognition I felt I deserved for my music.
But to do that, first I had to find an actual film scoring job to work on!
Maybe that sounds familiar?
Maybe you’re honing your skills day after day, knowing that you need to get out there and find real projects. To get paid for your craft.
You dream of hearing your music blaring out of the speakers in a movie theatre. Of winning the coveted “Best Soundtrack” award at a film festival.
But maybe you’re like I was, and you just don’t know where to start. And the thought of reaching out to ANYONE before you feel “ready” scares the life out of you…
You keep telling yourself:
“Once I can afford all the equipment, I can get started”
“There are too many other composers who are better than me”
“I just don’t have the right connections”
“Where do they even advertise film scoring jobs?”
“I’m an introvert. I’m not good at talking to people, or reaching out to people”
So you just keep composing for yourself. Dumping your music on YouTube, hoping that someday a miracle will happen, you’ll go viral, and your inbox will go wild with job offers.
But deep down you know that’s not how it works.
Trust me when I tell you: I know the feeling.
When I first started searching for film scoring jobs, it was like I was practising archery blindfolded - I couldn’t even see the target, never mind hit the bullseye.
So I took a step back.
I started to think, to strategise, and to study.
And when I started my search for the second time, I was prepared. I knew where to look, what my plan was. I just had to test it out.
Before long, I was talking to my first real-life “client” (although I prefer to call them “friends”).
And then my second…
The projects and referrals kept rolling in. Before long, I had more projects than I could handle!
And so I could start choosing the ones I wanted to work on...
...that’s when the award nominations started. And the award wins!
All because I took that step back, and thought about the right approach. Not just doing the “same-old-thing” and hoping I’d be discovered.
The truth is that there’s a way to get started on this path today.
That’s what my course, “Finding Film Scoring Jobs”, is all about.
Since those first tentative steps into the film scoring world, I’ve spent my life dedicated to helping other composers. I realised people weren’t able to take the step back that I did.
They “couldn’t see the woods for the trees,” as the proverb goes.
And so I pivoted into teaching at University, and then I founded soundtrack.academy - to share what I’d learned, and to help aspiring composers take that all-important “step back.”
To help them see the bigger picture.
But what exactly do they need to take a step back from?
Well, five things are holding most composers back:
--- Number #1 : Never Feeling Ready ---
I’ll let you in on a secret:
No one ever feels ready.
I’ve interviewed dozens of professional composers, and almost every single one of them says how unprepared they feel for each and every project they take on.
It’s called “imposter syndrome” - and it’s holding you back.
Take comfort in the fact that even the people you admire and aspire to be like still don’t feel ready for their next projects.
You are ready. As ready as you’ll ever be.
--- Number #2 : Not Having The Gear ---
What equipment do you need to score a movie?
Here’s the entire list:
Having the latest and greatest sample libraries and the most powerful computer might help with your workflow, but it definitely won’t help you find film scoring jobs.
I don’t know a single composer who ever landed a project based on their equipment.
But I do know composers that have scored films with next to no equipment whatsoever.
Even famous composers.
You already have all the equipment you need. You just have to use it.
--- Number #3 : Not Enough Time ---
If your water heater broke down tomorrow, how much time do you think you’d need to arrange a plumber, to deal with the logistics of letting them in/out, researching and purchasing any parts you might need, clearing space for them to work, etc.?
According to a study by Laura Vanderkam, one woman spent seven hours dealing with that exact problem.
You probably don’t think you have seven hours spare each week, but if you had to make something a priority, I’m sure you’d find that time.
Finding projects is one of the most time-consuming but also the most important parts of film scoring. Without projects, you aren’t a film composer.
So you can make time. You just have to prioritise.
--- Number #4 : Not Having The Right Connections ---
Connections are made, not given.
So you might not have the right connections…
But you can, and you will.
Very few composers are born with connections. They all develop connections over time.
Start building those connections today.
--- Number #5 : Going Alone ---
Most composers are afraid to ask for help. Afraid that if anyone does give them advice, it won’t be real advice (after all, why would anyone reveal their “secrets” to the competition?)
But the fact is that figuring this stuff out on your own is hard.
You have to figure out where to find people and projects.
You have to figure out what to say when you reach out.
You have to guess your way through pitches until you finally (hopefully) figure out what works.
All of that is time wasted.
Time that could be spent composing - because your outreach is targeted and efficient.
No time lost.
“Everything Jonny has done (over the years that I’ve known him), has truly been for the betterment of the film scoring community as a whole. I think he’s covered the straightest forward method to success in this industry in today’s environment. The path he lays out is clear and Jonny ensures that it’s all very straightforward.” - Sean Staples (Composer)
“I sent my first outreach email following your structure from the course and already I have got a hopeful result!” - R. Noble
“[The course] provided me with the necessary kick up the a** to tidy up my web presence. Having reached out to [a filmmaker] community, I’m now in receipt of a stack of video footage for a more unique video showreel. In turn, this has provided me with some industry contacts I wouldn’t have had before the course.” - R. Hicks
In “Finding Film Scoring Jobs: The Composer's Guide To Networking And Pitching” you’ll discover how to find and land film scoring projects.
More specifically, you’ll learn:
WHERE to look to find film scoring jobs - online & offline
WHO to approach (and where to find them)
HOW to build your network as a film composer
exact email outreach techniques (get your emails opened and replied to!)
skills to begin and hold excellent conversations
to create an incredible showreel, even if you don’t have any movies to work with
how to design a composer website that is built to land you projects
what to charge as a film composer
to deal with (often low-priced) competition
the pitching skills you need to land projects
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Downloadable worksheets to help you take action
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