What advice would you give up-and-coming composers and producers?
Do what I do: Go on IMDB or go on Box Office Mojo. Look up the top 30 pictures of the year; look at who the supervisors are … look in the music department. Don’t be a nag; don’t be a psycho. Call them up. Say, are you looking for anything? Can I send you my demo? They might say yes, and you know what, that demo may go in the garbage. Check in with them a month and a half later. Send them maybe an MP3 via email. Be nice and at some point, somebody’s going to hear your material. But you cannot give up. Patience. Persistence. You gotta have drive. And the other thing I’ll say is that you have to let go of your piece when it’s created. You can never treat what you’ve just created as the best thing you will ever create. If so, you might as well stop.