if it was 6,50 dollars at point of sale, thats the amount you work from.
As and when i can, or i need something to work, ill invest in it. Its my daily job so if you think you need a certain piece of gear, sound, or need to build up your station, it has to be done. I probably put in 20% of earnings from all music sales, mostly not from here, back into my work setup.
take a break when you know you need one. even a small 15 minute break from writing can be a huge help and assist with gathering those “blocked ideas”. never ever compare yourself to any other composer. its the most self abating, damaging thing you can do as invariably, as creatives, we compare in a very skewed egotistical way. we either think we oh so great, or more often, we hear someone good and think we need to pack up and quit. being inspired is one thing, but thinking you should be all other kinds of composer is just very defeating. always trust your gut. your overall inner idea and instinctive move is often the correct one.it wont sound like it if you dont start to trust and have some faith in what you can do. listening back to older work is also a big help i find. knowing how far you have come, picking up lost and forgotten tricks and chops, hearing the big leap you made with better arrangements and mixes.
i never go and ask a bunch of composers for musical opinion. i do have just 1-2 trusted people but thats it tops. when you ask a 100 people or even worse, when you have hundreds of victims via facebook, you will only ever get a really distorted view. just find a couple of very balanced, trusted creatives. ideally a few who have very successful careers, and can therefore back up what they say with some proof and not just hot and air lofty ideals.
it can sound cruel, but truth is, surrounding yourself with fellow amateurs can be like walking in Custard or Molasses. your growth rate is slower when you spend all day checking a list of reasons not to write new music. just love life, learn to love and trust yourself and beat down your own doors. take a walk, make love, drive up the country, disappear and re group, but always come back fighting
Just got back from my Doctor’s and its good news. My doctor did a full throat and ear inspection and he said everything was perfectly healthy. My ear canal is normal and there’s no damage or even wax build up. He did notice that the node on the right side was swollen though and it has been much worse before. His diagnosis was that I might just have an ear infection, that it was getting better and to give it another 2 to 3 weeks to totally disappear before coming back. Believe it or not, there’s a chance that I picked up this infection from ear plugs which is a possibility as I have been putting some in over the past few weeks.
The main thing is that there is no permanent damage or anything worse. In future though, I will still protect my ears when composing and listening to music.Cheers everyone
now this is good news!!!! very good result. im so glad to hear that your health is looking on the up and you can return to a full and productive musical life, and most importantly, that your all in one piece top stuff mate dead happy for you!!
Really sad to hear you are going through these tough times. Your music is really good, you have a lot of skill and passion and im sure you will succeed on your road to recovery and fight your way to the top
i write fulltime but not a great deal anymore for AJ. mainly as royalty free doesnt make me anywhere near enough money so id say 95% of my work outside of royalty free, is PRO registered, all published and working for me via tv in shows or trailer promos etc. The thing is with fulltime composing, you really need to explore every avenue, and every opportunity. If you have a brilliant ear for commercial trend and can move with the times, masterfully promote your work on AJ, then you can see there are some guys achieving this. Personally i have no desire at all to make royalty free all i do, even with success as i just cannot bear to see every track sold on for 17 bucks when you can have it licenced for advertising, a trailer and make a considerable lump sum with royalties supporting you long after. the royalty free model only suits one end mainly, the client and no one else.
have pretty much everything i need, so in all honesty id probably just stake a really big holiday lol