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I own. i am not your fanboy, i am not going to flame you. I'm just here to support you, and i would love for you to support me. Popularity doesn't mean shit. If we can get along, then that's great. Stick around, i love group projects. I also play guitar.

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Thanks for writing. It sounds like you are excited about making music and scoring projects. That is great. You do not need to idolize me or anyone else to learn something from that person's work and creative process. I have a staff and currently cannot even bring into the team even the very gifted and prepared group that has been in training mode over two years due to not enough work. So sorry about that.

I get letters all the time from experienced and inexperienced people that want to learn more and who want to get good at film scoring. So please listen and read these words closely, then act on them (if you are at all really serious).

I would suggest reading three non-music books as part of your information gathering process. Read, The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky. This book is the result of Sonja's 17-year post graduate study on only one subject, Happiness. It is not New Age crap, it is all empirical studies. Ultimately everyone wants and needs Happiness, yet they do not know how. This book answers that in a profound way. No college or University teaches this, yet it is at the very core of what we humans need. Next read, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. This book examines what it really takes to be the best in any field. This information is vital, since to even have a moderate career in film scoring you need to be one of the top in that field. Catch chapter 2 about the 10,000 hours factor. Finally, Read You Are Not A Gadget, by Jaron Lanier. This one is by far the most insightful account I have ever seen of what is happening in the Web/Technology/De-humanization/Vitual Reality world we all find our selves deeply buried. Perhaps a tough read, but the gain of insight will be worth it as you navigate in these times.

Life and your music career is really about you. You make it what you want to make it. It is all up to you. Proximity to work really helps, but do what you can where you are.

Next go to a seminar like ASCAP's iCreate event in Hollywood in April. There you can attend lectures, get info, meet people and start to get your direction straight.

Read every book on Film Scoring.

Listen to great composer's scores like those of Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Bernard Hermann and others.

Watch lots of film scores via DVDs. Ask questions. Why does this work? What is the composer doing to support the film.

Finally, without a Map you can get lost. A map is good information that is organized so you can avoid wasting time, energy and get to where you want to go. So first gather all the good info and make your map.

That is my advice.

Best regards and much success.


Ron Jones

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