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Brian Ralston: 10 Lessons On "Breaking In"

19 April 2010 6:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I frequently get emails from burgeoning composers and new Los Angeles transplants either looking for a composer assistant position or just advice on breaking into the industry.  I often agree to meet them (usually over lunch) and invariably get asked if it's beneficial to assist and/or ghostwrite for a bigger name composer.  The advice I give them is almost always the same.  It comes from my own years of experience working hard to establish myself in the composer world.  A feat that I feel is not only difficult, but one most all of us are ever in the constant pursuit of doing.

I learn something new on every film and further hone my craft and skill with each project.  There are some truly fundamental things I have learned in the last few years.  Many years ago, fresh out of USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, I was »

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Using Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube?

23 March 2010 5:04 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

How do you use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube?Marci LiroffMarci Liroff Casting, Los Angeles; 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,' 'Mean Girls,' 'St. Elmo's Fire,' 'A Christmas Story,' 'Blade Runner';, feel like as a casting director, I'm becoming more accessible. Casting directors have been very inaccessible and kind of elusive and exclusive, and I don't think that flies anymore. I just want to be more involved. From my classes, I produced a DVD based on all my lessons, and I promote it on my Facebook fan page. I also edited the DVD into little digestible videos and put those up on YouTube, so people could spread them around.When I got on Facebook personally with my friends and family, I started getting hit on by lots of actors, people I didn't even know, »

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