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MUSICIAN/COMPOSER, IN-DEPTH: Come Up With An Original Idea Or Approach & Market Yourself

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A professional musician & composer describes what he loves most about his work, its challenges, key decisions, how hard it is to get a job in his field, and work-life balance.

School: Viriginia Tech ; Art Institute of Washington - Viriginia Tech
Degree: Computer Science - Music and Audio Production
Job Title: Musician/Composer

Job Summary: Music Directors and Composers

Job Description

Music directors (also called conductors) lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Music directors and composers typically begin their musical training as a child, learning to play an instrument or sing. Music directors and composers who are interested in classical music may seek additional training through music camps and fellowships. These programs provide participants with classes, lessons, and performance opportunities.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Irregular, Long hours, Part-time, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Travel, Office, Home, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, People skills, Artistic, Creativity, Leadership ability, Networking, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='14730'>creating</span> <span m='15450'>things.</span> <span m='15820'>I'm a</span> <span m='16050'>very</span> <span m='16430'>creative</span> <span m='16930'>person.</span> </p><p><span m='17900'>I</span> <span m='18270'>guess</span> <span m='18790'>one</span> <span m='19030'>thing</span> <span m='19230'>that</span> <span m='19430'>I</span> <span m='19660'>don't</span> <span m='20070'>like</span> <span m='20450'>is--</span> <span m='21916'>for</span> <span m='22389'>one,</span> <span m='23810'>I</span> <span m='23900'>guess</span> <span m='24170'>you</span> <span m='24210'>could</span> <span m='24390'>say</span> <span m='24570'>working</span> <span m='25070'>with</span> <span m='25380'>people</span> <span m='25788'>that</span> <span m='27420'>really</span> <span m='27910'>bring</span> <span m='28300'>down your</span> <span m='28720'>workflow.</span> <span m='30120'>So</span> <span m='30800'>for</span> <span m='30940'>instance,</span> <span m='31300'>if</span> <span m='31470'>you're</span> <span m='32049'>working</span> <span m='32430'>a</span> <span m='32509'>job</span> <span m='32919'>and you</span> <span m='33330'>want to</span> <span m='34150'>have</span> <span m='34560'>something</span> <span m='34970'>done</span> <span m='35290'>and you</span> <span m='35720'>have a</span> <span m='35810'>deadline</span> <span m='36330'>to</span> <span m='36460'>meet--</span> <span m='37417'>one of</span> <span m='37914'>the things</span> <span m='38411'>I've had</span> <span m='38908'>over the years</span> <span m='39405'>is working</span> <span m='39902'>with people</span> <span m='40399'>that, A,</span> <span m='40896'>don't show</span> <span m='41393'>up,</span> <span m='41890'>don't show up</span> <span m='42387'>on time</span> <span m='42884'>if you're coming</span> <span m='43381'>for a shoot</span> <span m='43878'>or a</span> <span m='44375'>session.</span> <span m='46380'>Number</span> <span m='46590'>one,</span> <span m='46810'>it</span> <span m='46890'>brings</span> <span m='47180'>down your</span> <span m='47530'>workflow</span> <span m='48230'>and</span> <span m='48470'>it</span> <span m='48640'>doesn't</span> <span m='49370'>exactly</span> <span m='49610'>make</span> <span m='50094'>you</span> <span m='50578'>meet</span> <span m='51062'>deadlines.</span> <span m='52514'>You can't really</span> <span m='54450'>meet deadlines</span> <span m='55418'>especially</span> <span m='55910'>when</span> <span m='56280'>you're</span> <span m='56350'>employed</span> <span m='56760'>by</span> <span m='56920'>someone</span> <span m='57230'>or</span> <span m='57500'>contracted</span> <span m='57775'>by</span> <span m='58050'>someone</span> <span m='58365'>to do</span> <span m='58680'>something</span> <span m='59700'>if</span> <span m='59840'>your</span> <span m='60190'>team</span> <span m='60530'>doesn't</span> <span m='61010'>really</span> <span m='62420'>back you up</span> <span m='62910'>on what you</span> <span m='63400'>want to do.</span> <span m='63890'>So</span> <span m='64239'>I</span> <span m='64340'>guess</span> <span m='64879'>the</span> <span m='65590'>bottom</span> <span m='65890'>line</span> <span m='66160'>is</span> <span m='67030'>I</span> <span m='67280'>don't</span> <span m='67960'>like</span> <span m='68490'>working</span> <span m='69210'>with</span> <span m='69360'>people</span> <span m='69859'>who</span> <span m='70358'>can</span> <span m='71356'>limit</span> <span m='71855'>you</span> <span m='72354'>from</span> <span m='72853'>completing</span> <span m='73352'>your job</span> <span m='73851'>on time.</span> </p><p><span m='74849'>I guess the</span> <span m='75348'>number one thing</span> <span m='75847'>is</span> <span m='77843'>as a</span> <span m='78342'>composer--</span> <span m='78841'>being</span> <span m='79340'>that I'm</span> <span m='79839'>going to be</span> <span m='80338'>composing</span> <span m='81030'>for a</span> <span m='81330'>major</span> <span m='81635'>R&amp;B</span> <span m='82290'>artist</span> <span m='82720'>in</span> <span m='82760'>Miami--</span> <span m='85660'>I</span> <span m='85690'>guess</span> <span m='85900'>the</span> <span m='85980'>bottom</span> <span m='86340'>line</span> <span m='86560'>is</span> <span m='86920'>keep up</span> <span m='87340'>your</span> <span m='87580'>chops,</span> <span m='87915'>be</span> <span m='88250'>passionate</span> <span m='89222'>about what</span> <span m='89708'>you do,</span> <span m='91652'>and enjoy</span> <span m='92138'>what you</span> <span m='92624'>do</span> <span m='93110'>because if you</span> <span m='93596'>don't enjoy</span> <span m='94082'>what you do</span> <span m='94580'>it's</span> <span m='94920'>just</span> <span m='95100'>a</span> <span m='95210'>job.</span> <span m='97280'>You're</span> <span m='97420'>not</span> <span m='97830'>really</span> <span m='98040'>going</span> <span m='98200'>to</span> <span m='98240'>enjoy</span> <span m='98610'>yourself</span> <span m='99035'>unless</span> <span m='99945'>you</span> <span m='100915'>are passionate</span> <span m='101885'>about your</span> <span m='102370'>work.</span> <span m='102612'>That</span> <span m='102855'>you really,</span> <span m='103340'>really</span> <span m='104310'>have a</span> <span m='104795'>happy</span> <span m='105280'>face</span> <span m='105765'>coming into</span> <span m='106250'>work and you're</span> <span m='106735'>like,</span> <span m='107220'>man,</span> <span m='108190'>I'm loving it.</span> <span m='108675'>Life</span> <span m='109160'>is good.</span> <span m='109645'>I'm enjoying</span> <span m='110130'>what I</span> <span m='110615'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='111585'>I see</span> <span m='112070'>time and time</span> <span m='112555'>again</span> <span m='113525'>musicians</span> <span m='114500'>and</span> <span m='114680'>things</span> <span m='114870'>like</span> <span m='115040'>that,</span> <span m='115235'>that</span> <span m='115430'>they</span> <span m='115680'>go</span> <span m='115810'>to</span> <span m='115870'>work</span> <span m='116220'>and</span> <span m='116330'>they</span> <span m='116920'>play</span> <span m='117230'>their</span> <span m='117430'>set</span> <span m='117790'>or</span> <span m='118470'>if</span> <span m='118880'>they're a</span> <span m='119120'>recording</span> <span m='119630'>artist--</span> <span m='120130'>it's just</span> <span m='120300'>like</span> <span m='120440'>a</span> <span m='120500'>job,</span> <span m='120830'>they're</span> <span m='120900'>not</span> <span m='121180'>enjoying it.</span> <span m='123150'>Honestly,</span> <span m='123640'>the</span> <span m='123740'>way</span> <span m='123950'>I</span> <span m='123990'>see</span> <span m='124190'>it</span> <span m='124290'>is</span> <span m='124500'>if</span> <span m='124630'>you're</span> <span m='124750'>not</span> <span m='125030'>doing</span> <span m='125270'>it,</span> <span m='125530'>maybe</span> <span m='125990'>that</span> <span m='126280'>career</span> <span m='126540'>path</span> <span m='126815'>isn't</span> <span m='127090'>for you,</span> <span m='127543'>so</span> <span m='128449'>honestly</span> <span m='128880'>what</span> <span m='129050'>I'd</span> <span m='129199'>say</span> <span m='129449'>is you'd</span> <span m='129710'>have to</span> <span m='130200'>enjoy what</span> <span m='130690'>you do,</span> <span m='131180'>be passionate</span> <span m='131670'>about what</span> <span m='132160'>you do</span> <span m='132650'>because</span> <span m='134120'>if you</span> <span m='134610'>envision</span> <span m='135100'>yourself 20</span> <span m='135590'>years down</span> <span m='136080'>the road,</span> <span m='138200'>you have to</span> <span m='138520'>see</span> <span m='138720'>yourself</span> <span m='139160'>either happy</span> <span m='139650'>or</span> <span m='140630'>sad.</span> <span m='141120'>And if you</span> <span m='141610'>see yourself</span> <span m='142100'>20 years</span> <span m='142590'>down the road</span> <span m='143080'>and you're sad</span> <span m='144550'>about what you're</span> <span m='145040'>doing</span> <span m='145530'>then maybe that</span> <span m='146020'>career path</span> <span m='146510'>isn't for</span> <span m='147000'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='147980'>I'd</span> <span m='148130'>have</span> <span m='148300'>to</span> <span m='148420'>say</span> <span m='148650'>that</span> <span m='148820'>it's</span> <span m='149010'>a</span> <span m='149060'>very</span> <span m='149390'>competitive</span> <span m='150000'>field</span> <span m='150440'>cause there's</span> <span m='150670'>always</span> <span m='151090'>going to</span> <span m='151200'>be</span> <span m='151480'>people</span> <span m='151980'>that</span> <span m='152120'>are</span> <span m='152180'>better</span> <span m='152520'>than</span> <span m='152710'>you.</span> <span m='155120'>Obviously</span> <span m='155720'>there's</span> <span m='155890'>sound</span> <span m='156180'>engineers</span> <span m='156650'>out</span> <span m='156870'>there,</span> <span m='157040'>there's a</span> <span m='157330'>composer</span> <span m='157940'>out</span> <span m='158170'>there</span> <span m='158400'>that</span> <span m='158750'>can</span> <span m='158900'>really,</span> <span m='159940'>really</span> <span m='160090'>nail</span> <span m='160390'>their</span> <span m='160530'>stuff</span> <span m='161000'>like</span> <span m='161190'>right</span> <span m='161410'>on</span> <span m='162070'>the top.</span> <span m='163630'>The</span> <span m='163690'>way</span> <span m='163840'>that</span> <span m='164010'>I</span> <span m='164070'>see</span> <span m='164340'>it to</span> <span m='164590'>be</span> <span m='165020'>competitive</span> <span m='166800'>in</span> <span m='167010'>this</span> <span m='167230'>field</span> <span m='167510'>is</span> <span m='167720'>to</span> <span m='168070'>be</span> <span m='168290'>creative.</span> <span m='171050'>If you</span> <span m='171280'>think</span> <span m='171470'>about it</span> <span m='171790'>in</span> <span m='172420'>terms</span> <span m='172880'>of</span> <span m='173350'>everybody</span> <span m='174190'>who's ever</span> <span m='174515'>made</span> <span m='174840'>money</span> <span m='175190'>and been</span> <span m='175445'>a</span> <span m='175700'>successful</span> <span m='176260'>billionaire</span> <span m='176710'>is</span> <span m='177160'>that</span> <span m='178010'>all</span> <span m='178260'>of</span> <span m='178400'>that</span> <span m='178710'>rooted</span> <span m='179020'>from a</span> <span m='179335'>single</span> <span m='179650'>idea.</span> <span m='181140'>So</span> <span m='181320'>really,</span> <span m='182080'>the</span> <span m='182140'>way</span> <span m='182310'>I</span> <span m='182380'>see</span> <span m='182640'>it</span> <span m='182780'>is</span> <span m='182970'>come</span> <span m='183250'>up</span> <span m='183390'>with</span> <span m='183690'>something</span> <span m='184174'>that makes</span> <span m='184658'>you marketable</span> <span m='185142'>as</span> <span m='186110'>an engineer</span> <span m='187078'>or</span> <span m='187562'>as</span> <span m='188046'>whatever you</span> <span m='188530'>want to do</span> <span m='189020'>in</span> <span m='189400'>your</span> <span m='189530'>life</span> <span m='189920'>and</span> <span m='190110'>make</span> <span m='190350'>it</span> <span m='190540'>so</span> <span m='190670'>that</span> <span m='190980'>your</span> <span m='191850'>someone</span> <span m='192330'>that they</span> <span m='192810'>want to</span> <span m='193290'>go to</span> <span m='193770'>because</span> <span m='194130'>hey,</span> <span m='194420'>this</span> <span m='194620'>guy</span> <span m='194830'>has</span> <span m='195050'>a</span> <span m='195110'>way</span> <span m='195270'>of</span> <span m='195430'>doing</span> <span m='195750'>things</span> <span m='196060'>that nobody else</span> <span m='196440'>can</span> <span m='196820'>do.</span> <span m='197580'>This</span> <span m='197850'>girl</span> <span m='198080'>has a</span> <span m='198400'>way of</span> <span m='198655'>doing</span> <span m='198910'>things</span> <span m='199270'>that</span> <span m='199754'>no one else</span> <span m='200238'>can do.</span> <span m='200722'>And you want to really</span> <span m='201206'>market yourself</span> <span m='201690'>in that</span> <span m='202174'>way so</span> <span m='202658'>you can be</span> <span m='203142'>successful.</span> </p><p><span m='205080'>Well</span> <span m='205250'>being</span> <span m='205530'>that</span> <span m='205700'>I'm</span> <span m='205860'>married</span> <span m='206280'>with</span> <span m='206410'>three</span> <span m='206660'>kids,</span> <span m='207340'>it's</span> <span m='207810'>definitely</span> <span m='208390'>strenuous.</span> <span m='209762'>I'd have to</span> <span m='210244'>say</span> <span m='213620'>it's</span> <span m='213810'>hard</span> <span m='214020'>to</span> <span m='214080'>balance</span> <span m='214540'>things</span> <span m='214850'>out.</span> <span m='217220'>Especially</span> <span m='217730'>when</span> <span m='217900'>I</span> <span m='217940'>was</span> <span m='218120'>starting,</span> <span m='219740'>married</span> <span m='220160'>life I'll</span> <span m='220580'>tell</span> <span m='220730'>you now</span> <span m='221170'>can be</span> <span m='221610'>very</span> <span m='221880'>stressed,</span> <span m='222370'>especially</span> <span m='223030'>if</span> <span m='223220'>you're</span> <span m='223910'>contracting</span> <span m='224976'>with</span> <span m='225850'>different</span> <span m='226360'>corporations,</span> <span m='227100'>whether it</span> <span m='227460'>be</span> <span m='227903'>film</span> <span m='228346'>companies,</span> <span m='230120'>whether</span> <span m='230475'>it be</span> <span m='231890'>contracts</span> <span m='232410'>for</span> <span m='232850'>audio</span> <span m='233170'>production--</span> <span m='233790'>whether you're</span> <span m='234090'>doing</span> <span m='234526'>voice-over,</span> <span m='234962'>what have</span> <span m='235398'>you.</span> <span m='236270'>It's</span> <span m='236920'>very</span> <span m='238130'>strenuous.</span> <span m='239090'>It's</span> <span m='239300'>hard</span> <span m='239590'>to</span> <span m='239840'>manage</span> <span m='240270'>your</span> <span m='240390'>time,</span> <span m='240740'>but</span> <span m='241110'>I</span> <span m='241180'>guess</span> <span m='241420'>the</span> <span m='241490'>way</span> <span m='241680'>to</span> <span m='241810'>do</span> <span m='242000'>it</span> <span m='242210'>is</span> <span m='243210'>find</span> <span m='243630'>a</span> <span m='243680'>way.</span> <span m='244230'>If there's</span> <span m='244780'>a</span> <span m='244840'>will that</span> <span m='245340'>there's</span> <span m='245480'>a</span> <span m='245510'>way</span> <span m='245790'>to</span> <span m='245960'>do it.</span> </p><p><span m='246310'>So</span> <span m='247377'>if you</span> <span m='247854'>have an</span> <span m='248331'>issue</span> <span m='248808'>with</span> <span m='249285'>managing</span> <span m='249762'>your time</span> <span m='250239'>and</span> <span m='250716'>managing</span> <span m='253101'>the way</span> <span m='253578'>you do things--</span> <span m='255963'>I look at it,</span> <span m='256450'>you need</span> <span m='256920'>to</span> <span m='257420'>reassess</span> <span m='257790'>how</span> <span m='258160'>you do</span> <span m='258640'>things</span> <span m='259050'>and try and</span> <span m='259540'>make it work.</span> <span m='261010'>It took me</span> <span m='261500'>probably seven</span> <span m='261990'>to 10</span> <span m='262480'>years to find</span> <span m='262970'>out a</span> <span m='263460'>way</span> <span m='263950'>where I</span> <span m='264440'>could manage my</span> <span m='264930'>home life,</span> <span m='265420'>my family</span> <span m='265910'>life,</span> <span m='266400'>and also</span> <span m='266890'>have a career</span> <span m='267380'>in the</span> <span m='267870'>field.</span> <span m='269340'>Sometimes</span> <span m='269830'>you just</span> <span m='270320'>have to</span> <span m='271300'>sometimes</span> <span m='271790'>cut things</span> <span m='272280'>out that</span> <span m='272770'>aren't really</span> <span m='273260'>necessary</span> <span m='274730'>to make</span> <span m='275220'>ends</span> <span m='275710'>meet</span> <span m='276200'>and</span> <span m='276690'>be it</span> <span m='277180'>that you</span> <span m='277680'>can</span> <span m='277935'>pay</span> <span m='278190'>your bills</span> <span m='278490'>and</span> <span m='278790'>also</span> <span m='279090'>have a</span> <span m='279390'>good family</span> <span m='279690'>life</span> <span m='279990'>and</span> <span m='280290'>spend time</span> <span m='280590'>with</span> <span m='280890'>your kids.</span> </p>","file":{"id":272800,"video_id":"2701214343001","name":"72286143","duration":281877,"thumbnail_url":null}});