there's a lot of money to be made in writing tunes for pop music, country music, etc.  nashville is full of writers who write tunes for many of the names in the top 100.

film scoring is a place to get into composition, but it's a hard racket  to break into, unless you can establish yourself as a "ghost writer" for a while. most big film composers have ghost writers doing a large amount of the work for them these days. some times it scoring for the orchestra (you think danny elfman scores his own stuff?), or even writing fill material.

you can break more easily into film scoring if you do some indie's for free. i just turned down an indie because my winter schedule was so tough. i wish the guy would have contacted me this month instead of last...

big band people tend to make money on their scores if they are good. has really helped that happen.

if you have some tunes you may consider putting them up on (providing you use sibelius) where people will buy them if they like them. you can gain quite a following on that site and use your name to help break into other markets.

it's tougher than just being a player, that's for sure, but from one composer to another, the work is worth it.

personally, i like to perform my compositions and then after i've done them on stage for a while i put them away and move on to newer stuff.  if i recorded, i'd probably have six or seven cd's of my own material, but i hate recording so that's where that goes.
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