You’re Not A Real Composer Until You’ve Been Fired…

Can’t believe it’s been two months since I last wrote. A lot has happened since last time. I finished the score for “First Dates” – I’ll share a track at the end of this post – and I got fired for the first time in my life…! My only comfort is the saying “you’re not a real composer until you’ve been fired.” So I guess I’m now officially a real composer. The project was the feature film That Side of a Shadow and what happened was simply a bad timing issue mixed with communication errors. I made it through two drafts of the score when the director felt the score lacked a certain rawness and urban quality. Essentially it meant starting from scratch and playing around with new textures to find the right sound. This wouldn’t have been a problem if it wasn’t for the fact that we were running out of time. The initial deadline had to be postponed which meant tapping into vacation time that was impossible to change because it affected a whole group of people. I was gonna be out of the country for a little while and starting from scratch and finishing a score in less than two weeks was simply not possible. As they weren’t able to wait until I was back, they decided to find someone else. Of course I couldn’t help but feeling sad that things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. But these things happen. It’s a reminder that unfortunately in this town, you pretty much always have to be available in order to work. If you leave, you risk losing your job. No one is irreplaceable. There’s always someone available to take your spot which makes it possible for the industry never to have to take breaks.
Anyways – I’ve been able to put this behind me and got the chance to take a much needed vacation. I was starting to get a bit burned out. I love my job, but after creating something day in and out for many months I tend to run empty. Now I’m back and ready for new and exciting things. Hopefully something that will be interesting for you to read about too…

Here are a couple of tracks from the projects.

The end credits from “First Dates”:


And – very different – a track from That Side of a Shadow: