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What is one thing you wish you had taken the opportunity to learn in college before beginning a career in music/film?

I attend Chapman University, a renowned film school in southern California, and there are many opportunities to learn about both film and music. However there is no real major or minor pertaining to what I'd like to do (music supervision), and so I am simply a business major and film music minor. I am simply curious, if you could go back, is there anything specific you would want to learn for the future. #business #music #film

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James’s Answer

Art! Graphic design! I took these courses later in my career. wish I had done it sooner. They have been a great help to me in the post-production stages. Music direction is another.

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Emily,
It would have been wise to study the market of film/music. Of course, graduating with a degree in business or teaching would have been a better choice for employment than spending years working as the tech director in the theaters of Los Angeles. My salary was only $100 per month, and my rent cost $90. So I ate rice, and drank coffee.

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Ben’s Answer

Music Composition and Arranging! Learn the fundamentals, even if you think you're not interested, it will be worth it later.

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Bob’s Answer

I would suggest that, in addition to studying business (good for understanding how to negotiate music rights) and film music, definitely take writing and editing classes. As a music supervisor, you'll have to understand story, editing and how music fits in, supports, and enhances the tone, mood and emotion of the film. Dodge College has great programs and faculty, so you're well situated there. Good luck.

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