Well, here it is. The last post required by a first semester art class here at SMU. Interesting isn’t it? In a music class, I have created a website, posted multiple blogs about what I do and why I do it, and explored who I am as an artist. My dream job is to compose the music for feature films, especially for production companies such as Disney, Walden Media, and PIXAR. However, I realize with a significant degree of humility that I may not be able to accomplish this goal in the near future. Therefore, here are some of my short term goals for the duration of and shortly after my college career that should help me attain my goal of becoming a film composer.
Freshman Year: I’m just starting to learn that I have so much more to learn when it comes to my education. I’m in the midst of rehearsing for my jury (recital required of all music majors/minors), studying for finals, and writing a paper about Marxist historical materialism in The French Lieutenant’s Woman. While this may not seem entirely relevant regarding my goals, I feel the need to learn as much as I can about a wide range of topics and points of view, not to mention the school and its curriculum. Freshman year is about learning the system.
Sophomore Year: I will know what teachers expect and I will know how to manage my time to complete assignments efficiently. Now I can take some time to explore classes outside my primary interests (music composition and film). I am really interested in Spanish and Business, and I am strongly considering a minor in one or both of these areas. I’m sure being bilingual will improve my chances of being hired anywhere, not to mention Los Angeles, CA. Also, a business degree is useful in any profession, especially one in which I will sell my work.
Junior Year: Because of some of the advanced classes I am currently enrolled in, I plan to finish most of my required classes by the end of junior year. This will take up a lot of time, and perhaps I will take classes over the winter or summer breaks. Hopefully by now I will have gained a reputation as a diverse composer.
Senior Year: As a senior, I think I would take a semester abroad, perhaps in Spain, to study music. I think learning about music of another culture would greatly improve my compositional skills and techniques. I will also be marketing myself as a composer and hope to collaborate with other disciplines on my return to school.
I hope to get involved with, or even initiate multi-disciplinary projects based on unconventional ideas, such as a dance recital by vocal majors or an orchestral piece written by journalists. I think new perspectives will increase my understanding of what is is to compose, to create art.
Post-SMU: And finally, I would like to end up living in LA, working as a freelance composer for commercials, films, videogames, musicals, or any other form of entertainment that involves some aspect of storytelling.
And I’ll get a dog.
Overall, my plan involves learning as much as I can in as little time as possible so that I may start my carrer as a composer as soon as possible…possibly. In any case, I hope to someday have the privilege of writing the music for a blockbuster summer movie.
Perhaps I will even get to score a Star Wars film!