I apologize if this is a little off-topic, but I need to get this out and I know that most of you will understand. I know we all have to start out somewhere and that somewhere usually isn't at the top. I was looking around today on the net and I found a message about some guy who was asking for a composer to compose original music for a short film... with no pay of course.
I'm getting really tired of people not willing to pay anyone for original music. The thing that really gets me is that I score for movies and I've done the "low budget/ no pay" thing and it sucks!
You know why? They start to give deadlines, then they push them up, and then expect the composer to drop everything and hurry up for them. They start to pressure and want edits and then want the composer to re-score things... for no pay. I know money isn't everything, but it helps and if I'm going to be pressured to give a product and use my time and energy to do so, I want something in return. Music is everything to me, I love music and I love to make music, but I can see giving ppl my music and basically getting a pat on the back getting old REALLY quick.
I'm on a film music e-mail/ e-group thing and 90% of the people coming in asking for original film music aren't willing to pay for it. Do these people think that I spent my time, money, and sanity going to school just to write music to hand out free of charge? I'm still in school for composition and I'm not even half way done yet.
To do my scores I recently bought:
a Macintosh Dual 1.8 G5, 1 gig of RAM, and 160 gig HD= $3,000.
I then bought a MOTU soundcard= $700.
I use Emagic Logic Pro software= $900,
GPO software= $250
Novation Supernova 2= $2,000
and much more equipment that costed me a ton of cash and these people want me to do original compositions *FOR FREE*?!?!?!? Yeah, sure....
I apologize about this, but it really gets to me when ppl do this. I had to vent.