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.