- Composer: What I do and how much I make
- Composer: How I got my job and where I'm going
- Composer: My budget and planning for the future
- Composer: Advice on pursuing a creative career
- What does a composer for media do?
- How do you become a composer for media?
Composer: What I do and how much I make
Bryan talks about his work in the music industry and how he makes a living through composition and production.
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- What instruments are the easiest to compose for? Also, if I wanted to play Guitar professionally, where would I start?(5 votes)
- as a composer myself i say any instrument in the key of c like flute or piano will be the easiest for beginners.(2 votes)
- I am extremely interested in becoming a lyricist, or even a music artist myself. The music I am most interested in is Pop, Rap, and R&B. What do you think?(5 votes)
- Am into music but i just love to sing.could i possible get a career in the music industry if i like to sing alot(4 votes)
- Hi Duke,
You certainly can it will be a challenging career but if you're passionate about singing then go for it! Just make sure you still take some college courses it's still good to have a education perhaps even courses in music just remember you won't magically become singer overnight you will struggle at times to keep a steady income you may even have to take part time jobs. Finding a record company will be a big factor in your career as a singer other careers that involves music and is a stable steady income are music therapists ( Pediatricsand adults you get to sing and help others heal ) and being a Music teacher where you are the lead singer inspiring other young students pursue their talents there many roles music plays in so look at all types of careers in music and perhaps you may find something you like.😁(2 votes)
- If I make some kind of dub-step what would i be called and how much money would i make?(3 votes)
- The umbrella term for what your title would be is "EDM Producer" (you can replace "EDM" with whatever sub-genre of electronic music you produce). As far as money goes, that figure fluctuates drastically. Are you playing live shows or only selling your productions online (ex: iTunes)? No matter what route you take, there is almost always a "middle man" that will take a percentage of what you earn. I've been paid as little as $30 for playing a show; I've heard of artists making upward of $5,000 for just ONE show. What's most important is that you put effort into your music FIRST and worry about money/marketing SECOND.(3 votes)
- Do you think it would be too much to handle if one were to follow the career of an audio engineer, and do this when the audio engineering is not so busy? Would it be too difficult to meet the deadlines of clients if you have a nonpredictable schedule of audio engineering to start with?(4 votes)
- Which artist have you work for?(3 votes)
- what college courses should i take if i wanna learn to write my own lyrics and make my own beats(1 vote)
- Do kids come up to you and ask you to play a song for them? Is it awkward is it fun or not fun?(1 vote)
- He is so inspiring to the music biz(1 vote)
- Yeah recently started teaching myself to play the piano. I was wondering if any tell exactly what I need to compose my own music including lyrics and melody(1 vote)
My name is Bryan Senti. I am 34 years old. My job title is composer and small business owner. And my salary is complicated, it fluctuates. But last year it was $250,000. My small business is called Hook and Line, and it's a small music production company that services the advertising industry. There I write music for advertising and hire other composers to write music for advertising. Um, in addition to that, I have a film agent. My film agent tries and goes around to procure work and then I also go around to procure work and then I score, I score films. Outside of that, I also produce artists. Um, also perform with other artists, and I would say that's pretty much what I do for a living. I'll get a phone call from an advertiser or an agency, and they'll ask me to write a certain kind of music for a client of theirs. At which point, I'll negotiate terms, negotiate a contract with them. If I can't do it entirely on my own, I'll hire other composers and kinda manage their schedule so that they're, you know, they're meeting the deliverables that are needed for the client. Um, when it comes to film composition, I don't negotiate the contract, my agent will negotiate the contract. But from there, I'm negotiating the arrangements with the musicians that I will hire. Sometimes I'll hire a contractor to hire musicians, but, often times I'm the one hiring musicians individually. The collaboration process is great, you know, you want to form a really good friendship with the director and be able to get yourself on the same page as them creatively and aesthetically. Um, at which point, you're just bouncing ideas off of each other. I'll have a director come here and we'll work together, sometimes, in tandem. It's, it's fun, you know? Specifically with film. And then also with producing artists, as well. Obviously with advertising, the role is more just, meet whatever expectations they have for whatever kind of style they're trying to envision for their product. When I produce other artists, usually an artist comes over and shares some work that they have. Usually it's kind of, in it's, nascent form and it'll just be them on guitar, them on piano. At which point we'll discuss kind of, production influences that they may have, maybe reference bands or records that they have in mind, um, and then I will begin the process of producing the work. Which is kind of, removing it from, from that nascent stage and providing all the different production elements and arrangement elements that we would see fit. Well, let's just say, somebody comes to me with a song that they've written on a guitar, um, you know, maybe they want to produce the song in kind of, more straight forward, folk singer/ song writer direction. Then maybe I could suggest that we bring in a pedal steel, maybe a string quartet, maybe have some piano, maybe use an upright base. Um, so I'll arrange it that, in that respect. And then we'll discuss whether or not we want the music to kind of, have a more vintage feel. Have it played naturally, um, in a normal acoustic setting, or do we, are we thinking more strange or interesting audial space through production techniques. Like, reverb or um, different kinds of distortion, or you know, play with these different kind of, tools that may be out there. I think to be a composer today, you have to be able to do a bunch of different things. And excel at a bunch of different skills, both in terms of how well you write, and how well you produce music. And how you manage your own business, and your own finances and deal with other people. So, I think what makes somebody successful, in music specifically, um, is that, is that understanding of managing one’s creative interests and what they need to achieve, and want to achieve creatively, and how they're going to be able to execute it from a business stand point.