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The Earth Is A Blank Canvas

Look around you. Everything in this world - from the clothes you’re wearing, to the coffee mug you’re holding, to the house you’re sitting in… it all started as a tiny idea in someone’s head. An idea that seemed crazy, but they chased it until that idea became a reality and was published to the world.

These ideas and artwork that you create will outlast your life here on earth. There’s something enlightening about that to me, To think that the world was a blank canvas at one point, and we have all these brushes at our disposal to leave our paint on it for eternity.

It’ll be a 3 bedroom house in Portland that is $1200 month, and that’s with utilities included. Split 3 ways, so my share is $400 a month ($13 a day, not bad). Up until this time I paid $300 a month while living with my parents because:

1.) I couldn’t stand NYC and had to get out ASAP
2.) I needed time to stop, take a breather, and rethink which city I belonged in
3.) My dad had emergency triple heart bypass surgery, so I wanted to make sure he was OK (he is!) and just spend quality time with my parents. It was long overdue, and I’m so glad I did.

When I lived in NYC the rent was $4,500 and I lived with 2 other people. I paid $1,200 a month (my room was the smallest of the 3), plus another $200 for utilities.

It’s a sliding scale though, when I moved to NYC I lived in Midtown because all of my sponsors and more were right there. I worked at The Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), Revision 3, UstreamTV, and was making great money, so it made sense to be a few blocks from all my business clients or music studios. Sure, my rent was more than a home mortgage, but I didn’t want to buy a car or a house yet.

However… when I got laid off from the IMAs and my Music Show then the sponsors dried up due to the economy (all within a 2 month span), so that’s when things got U-G-L-Y because I had signed a longterm lease and had other commitments. So with no income (and nonexistent music sales) I was sinking - fast. I even wrote a 4 page feature about living on unemployment over here, and how it was one of the scariest moments of my life. My Kickstarter failed, I was spending 6 hours a day sending out my resume, thinking my music dreams were crushed, bills and debt quickly piled up, and my entire life was falling apart.

TIP: you can survive on $3 a day, I did it. In fact, a big reason for the success of ‘ForOrchestra’ is due to me being poor and having my back against the wall. My lowest point was this one night when I had to eat straight chicken gravy for dinner because it’s all I had - so I knew there was nowhere to go but up.

Over the years and struggles, I’ve learned that we can do anything if we put our minds to it. The dark times make the bright times brighter - and there’s nothing brighter than waking up and writing music for a living for you. If you really want, just save the money for a ForOrchestra T-shirt or something down the line. Some people can afford the music, and others can’t - so it makes sense to make it free, no big deal.

Just enjoy the music, be inspired by it, and never lose the drive to change the world in whatever you do.


Anonymous asked:

First: Your name is awesome, it just sounds so like a composer's name should. Second: If I may say, you are quite attractive. Third: You have such amazing talent! All these combine to produce the question: Have you ever/ would you ever consider composing for movies? (Your name is perfect, composers are often never seen, but always happen to be really attractive, you are just as talented as any other composer out there)

Glad you like my name. Anyway…

Writing standalone music is nothing like film composing or game composing because they’re all a completely different set of skills. Like, John Mayer may struggle at writing a film score, and Hanz Zimmer may struggle at writing a pop hit.

For another example, it’s sort of like saying “Michael Jordan is a great basketball player”. While that’s true in general, it isn’t specific enough. He was a Shooting Guard, but may have made a horrible Small Forward.

I tried game composing, and one of the troubles I had with it is that it’s not linear like a film. Video game music is constantly changing in the background - having the character walk through a door, kill a zombie, or jump in a car can all “trigger” a new background song to play. So in essence, writing for video games is sort of like writing for 10 different films because there are so many variables that could happen to the character.

I wouldn’t be against re-exploring those two fields, but for right now I like the interaction that this community has. I also like the purpose of what ‘ForOrchestra’ stands for - to bring back the orchestra.

So some of the reasons I don’t write for other mediums is because 1.) I like this community too much to give it up 2.) I’m not talented enough for other mediums like film 3.) I’m not as insanely passionate about anything else right now.




“Advice to Aspiring Artists”.

This is very short. But if you only ever watch or reblog one YouTube video with me in it, make it this one. I mean it. This is important.

Transcribed for your quoting convenience:

“Saying that we have enough artists is like saying we have enough scientists, we have enough designers, we have enough politicians — we have enough politicians — but, you know, nobody gets to be you except you. Nobody has your point of view except you. Nobody gets to bring to the world the things that you get to bring to the world — uniquely get to bring to the world — except you. So, saying that there are enough writers out there, enough directors out there, enough people with points of view. Well yeah, there are, but none of them are you. And none of those people is going to make the art that you are going to make. None of them is going to change people and change the world in the way that you could change it. So if you believe somebody that says, “no, no, we’ve got enough of those,” then all it means is that you are giving up your chance to change the world in the way that only you can change it.”

Signal boost for the transcription. (Thank you.)

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