Strategies for Finding Music Composition and Sound Effects Gigs

By: SFXsource

Like any creative profession, the worlds of sound and music are intensely competitive and the chances of earning a living small. However, do not let the odds discourage you because again, like any other profession, your success depends on your own intelligent determination. On the upside, there are plenty of clients out there who need a music composer and sound designer to enhance the quality of their video projects. Since paid full-time positions in audio production, music composition, and sound design and few and far between the most effective method for becoming an audio professional is to seek out gigs on your own and not hope that a larger company will bestow some sort of perfect audio job onto you. Also, working independently is more profitable because the client pays you directly and there are no "middle men" between the client and your skills.

While forwarding resumes and pursuing paid jobs in studios or audio houses is a worthwhile effort and may bear fruit, there are plenty of clients available for business that you can secure on your own. In addition, with minimal gear and administrative overhead a solo composer or sound designer can offer lower rates than a production house with paid employees and huge studios. This ability to offer lower rates gives you, the aspiring composer or sound designer, a distinct advantage over audio behemoths. Following are tried and true methods to build prospective clients who will make your career aspirations come to fruition.

1. The most obvious but often most overlooked source for gigs in audio production are family and friends. Often, often asking a good friend who works in media or a relative who happens to do animation can bear great results.

2. A great method for face-to-face networking with professional media producers who hire sound designers and composers is joining any number of professional film and tv organizations that exist throughout the country. Find such an organization and join.

3. The web offers vast opportunities for gig seeking through online postings. Simply enter "music composer gigs" or something similar into a search engine to find sites that post gigs in media.

4. Register and participate in forums online that center around film and video production in order to meet video editors and producers who might need answers on audio or music related issues.

5. Search through online media directories of producers and post-production houses to find people and companies who use and need music composers and sound designers and email them. There is generally a satisfactory positive response rate from these types of emails and one can meet genuinely interested producers.

Use the above steps to build a database of companies and people interested in potentially hiring you as a music composer or sound designer. As you build job leads a snowball effect will occur at some point which will propel you into the professional world of audio production free from the constrains of working for someone else.

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