Electronic Musician has a feature on composer Kevin Teasley, and his take on what it takes to be a trailer composer. Here’s a snippet:
If you were new in town and you wanted to try to get into the trailer-composing business, what would be the two or three things you would do, knowing what you know now?
Make sure to become literate to the craft, the skill set — not only on the creative side, but the business side. Make sure to learn what composers are charging for certain cues, how they should be delivered, and who should mix them. How does the licensing work? Who licenses it for you? What are the terms that you should know? The one thing you really don’t want to happen is to finally get that meeting with that person you want, and when you leave they say, “This person has no clue.”
Read the full interview here.