I just came across an image that made me smile:
Doesn’t it feel like that for us all sometimes?! Ha ha.
There’s food for thought here though. The interesting thing regarding writing music for income, is that whilst you’ve got to enjoy the process of writing it of course, it doesn’t have to be the kind of stuff you regularly listen to.
Or, dare I say it, even music that you like.
I’ll give you an example. I write a lot of nature documentary scores. The stuff I write quickly and most easily is often the music for the funny sequences. (Maybe a cheeky little waltz whilst some little animal does something idiotic!). I enjoy writing that stuff, (and sure, I’ve learnt enough about the style to write something that works), but how many quirky, pizzicato string/woodwind led waltzes do I listen to in my spare time?! None!
But I can pump those tracks out like there’s no tomorrow.
What music do you write the quickest? Have you ever thought about experimenting with writing new styles and seeing if there’s something that you can write really quickly? If you were to do that, what genre do you think it might be for you? What’s really easy for you? If that genre is Library friendly, usable and still great quality, you may have discovered the genre that will unlock your success with Library Music.
The other thing about writing music quickly is that we’re often less prone to over-produce and that space within the music can make for great TV/Film music for library clients.