7 Insider Tips To Becoming A Working Film & TV Composer

How To Network and Get Work
Hosted by Timothy Andrew Edwards

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Timothy Andrew Edwards

Webinar hosted by: Timothy Andrew Edwards

Composer, Musician and Music Supervisor

Timothy Andrew Edwards is a ‘go to composer’ in the world of television with compositions on shows such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Bachelor, Ellen and TMZ. His themes for Extra, Leeza, and BBC’s My Genius Idea have become enduring signatures for all three programs. Additionally, he has scored over 100 trailers and promos for successful feature films and television shows. His dark score for the cult genre film Necromentia was described by Fangoria magazine as, "...brilliant, an almost unbearably oppressive meltdown of aural darkness....”. His songwriting contributions to The Vampire Diaries, Smallville, and CW Now solidify his status as a master of all formats. “I share the same view as the film maker or TV producer - the story and, ultimately, the audience experience comes first.”, Edwards asserts. “My approach is thorough, from the cymbal tick within a fraction of a frame to the perfectly placed cinematic bombast needed to take the project over the wall. I bring my sensibilities and expertise to every project.” For more information on Timothy Andrew Edwards, go to: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1597994 Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Timothy Andrew Edwards, one of the most diverse and accomplished Composers and Music Supervisors working in entertainment today!

Edwards has collaborated with NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, E! Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Bravo, MTV, Universal, Lionsgate, National Lampoon, Spyglass Entertainment, Anchor Bay, Shout! Factory, Relativity Media, Capacity Pictures, Dreamworks, Compass International Pictures, Trancas Films International and Magnolia Pictures. He is also the Chair for the Composer Advisory Committee for the Production Music Association, as well as a Voting Member of the Recording Academy (Grammys) and an expert contributor to the #1 selling book "Guerrilla Film Scoring".

For many composers, finding continuous work in the current film and television music landscape is daunting. How do you go about becoming a working composer? How do you get in the door enough to find steady work? What should you be doing to create and build your career?

In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Timothy Andrew Edwards will break down the steps in the general composing and networking processes and reveal his insider tips on how to build a professional career as a film or TV composer. With nearly 75 film and television credits to his name, Timothy will give you his expert advice on the most common networking mistakes composers make and how to avoid them, how to connect authentically and effectively, the “not so hidden” secret resource that can get you working as a composer regardless of where you reside and how to properly build your credits and your reel to "make work from work".

What You'll Learn

  • How to literally make your music work for you.
    • Why television is one of the best ways you can earn a fantastic living in this age of online streaming.
  • How to effectively network and, most importantly, work regardless of your location.
    • Why “cold calling” never works! What to do instead.
    • You will hear examples of alternative methods that can get your “foot in the door” and get you working
    • What you really need to know about Music Libraries (AKA “Production Music”) and how to get the most out of composing for them!
  • Songs vs. Score: The all-important difference!
    • Compose a TV theme and buy a house with the royalties!
  • Don’t be in the dark! Need to know terms for working with the pros!
  • Why music for film and television isn’t just “music”. How to think “composer”.
  • An overview of the independent film/television music landscape.
    • Indie film vs. Television vs. Gaming vs. Film Trailers – Exactly why you should do it all!
    • Budget considerations of indie film and television productions and how to navigate both by knowing the long term “pay-off”.
  • Building credibility and credits! I will demonstrate not only how to, but why you should use limitations to build your sound and stand out from the crowd in independent film.
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Timothy!

About Your Instructor

Timothy Andrew Edwards is a ‘go to composer’ in the world of television with compositions on shows such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Bachelor, Ellen and TMZ. His themes for Extra, Leeza, and BBC’s My Genius Idea have become enduring signatures for all three programs. Additionally, he has scored over 100 trailers and promos for successful feature films and television shows. His dark score for the cult genre film Necromentia was described by Fangoria magazine as, "...brilliant, an almost unbearably oppressive meltdown of aural darkness....”. His songwriting contributions to The Vampire Diaries, Smallville, and CW Now solidify his status as a master of all formats.

“I share the same view as the film maker or TV producer - the story and, ultimately, the audience experience comes first.”, Edwards asserts. “My approach is thorough, from the cymbal tick within a fraction of a frame to the perfectly placed cinematic bombast needed to take the project over the wall. I bring my sensibilities and expertise to every project.”

For more information on Timothy Andrew Edwards, go to: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1597994

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Poor Quality recording,
  • The webinar was informative, but didn't really cover that much ground I hadn't been over before. In particular, I had hoped the presenter would go into greater detail about writing for music libraries.
  • I thought it was pretty good overall. More importantly I think we need to see a revision of the jobs section specifically for composers, or anyone who is essentially asking for free work.
  • Really nothing I didn't know about and didn't feel a great enthusiasm from the talker. 2 Stars is really the max I can give. :)

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