Although working in music supervision can be very demanding, Joseph is happy to have chosen this profession. “It’s what I wanted to do for many years. It’s very rewarding to introduce a new song to a director who falls in love with it and acknowledges and appreciates your work even though you feel like it’s not a job. I like the hustle, the constant activity. I like meeting people, being very creative, figuring how to advance my career while I’m helping others.”
Dr. Janet Nepkie is a member of the music industry faculty in the music department of the State University College at Oneonta. Her columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/musicbeat.
12 Music Industry Tips from Joseph Miller Always be sure to thank everyone who helped you get where you are today. Appreciate people. Always make sure the money you bring in makes more money for you. Invest it in other companies, other things that bring you more income. Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know." Always find a way to have yourself stand out. Brand yourself as unique and original. Provide something of value, especially when you're cold pitching. Establish your network. Follow up and maintain a relationship. Don't call out of the blue and look for a handout. Speak your mind politely but firmly. Always be thinking outside of the box. If you see trends in different businesses, tie those in to your own business model. Get to know names of people and companies in the business. Get an internship, training. Always follow through on what you say you'll do. If you say you'll be someplace, be there. Be relentless and well-organized, thick skinned but humble. Expect to hear the word "no" many times, but don't think they didn't like you. Mostly, people go through their network first before they work with some one new. Attend every networking event you can, even if it's not specifically in music or entertainment. Say "yes" to every opportunity. If you'd like to ask Joseph Miller about music supervision, you can contact him at email@example.com