My dad was a middle school band and orchestra teacher — my middle school band and orchestra teacher. Witnessing his life-long influence on students has led me to the realization that, while accolades and awards might be nice, music is a vehicle by which one generation influences the next. Not just in music but myriad life skills.
I find my greatest satisfaction in mentoring and teaching.
Creating music that sounds like film music is different from being a film composer.
Mastery of the current musical trend is not what one should concentrate on. To the fully-informed screen composer, adapting to whatever style or trend is appropriate should be the easy, fun part. There is always help available for ethnic scores and genre-specific styles.
It is the non-musical skills, the dramatic skills, the people skills that form the core of a successful career as a screen composer and deserve time and study. These skills vary little from project to project and decade to decade.
"Spotting" is a skill that applies as much to a turn-of-the-century film as it does to a documentary about Hip Hop.
Every workplace conversation with the director, editor or anyone who is not a screen composer requires thought, skill and semantic concession from time to time.
Knowing how to nurture creativity when it seems the muse is on vacation and the deadline is looming.
These are a few of the skills possessed by the fully-informed professional and the subjects of my videos and lectures.