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Could my career be used in Hollywood?

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I like to make music and write. The Hollywood scene would be a cool place to work and maybe make music for movies and write scripts. #scripts #music #acting #music-industry

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Paul’s Answer

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You live in New York. Why do you want to go to Hollywood?!? Depending on your focus, you're either in the #1 or #2 best city in the country!

Yes, it's true the vast majority of movies go through LA in their life cycle, a huge number of movies are shot and produced in New York as well. But the best things you can do are:

Paul recommends the following next steps:

  • Write, write, write. The more you write songs, the better you'll get at it. You'll also figure out if you have a prevailing style - is it pop, electronic, or even Broadway?
  • Get a mentor. This should probably be a co-writer, somebody with more experience than you. You can learn from them, and if they're actively working in the field, may have connections for you. They'll also be able to evaluate your talent and give you some idea where your best opportunities lie.
  • Network, network, network. This is a "who you know" business. The more people you know - or more importantly, remember you - the better your chances of getting opportunities.
  • Consider a move. If your mentor and network says your work is more suited for film, then LA may be the thing. If your work leans more towards music artists, then you're in a great spot!
  • Never stop learning. You can ALWAYS write a better song. You can ALWAYS learn more about different styles and genres of music to write. Never, ever stop learning your craft, because there's always more to learn in a creative field.
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Angel’s Answer

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Hi Kevin,

Writing songs for movies and TV could be a very exciting and rewarding career. If this a route you want to follow I would recommend that you do some research on music publishing as well as sync licensing. Sync licensing is the process of putting your songs on film / TV. Another piece of advice would be to connect with other musicians and producers via social media so you can get an idea of what works for them. Also, try to find and follow music supervisors on social media, they are the ones who select what songs get placed. One last suggestion, follow the following hashtags: #musiclicensing #musicpublishing #musicsupervisor #synclicensing. Oh yeah of course make sure to write and practice often. Best of luck to you.

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Katie’s Answer

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Stay specific, Kevin!
If this is something you find cool, Go. For. It! Hollywood has an annoying knack for putting people in boxes, so know what you do well and go from there. Become the thing you know is missing in Hollywood, and being willing to collaborate. You may be the most original musician or scriptwriter out there, but you will not be able to go far without the help of others so lean into being part of a team.
If nothing else, keep moving forward working towards what you want to see in Hollywood!
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Omar’s Answer

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hey Kevin, I find it really cool when you are heading into a big corporation like Hollywood.

The question is is there any clear steps to breakdown your joining process?

I'd like to suggest to share your work for someone who could provide constructive feedback so you could know where you are standing from your desired goal.

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