Quote:Just wondering from those who have been generally-succesfully-fowarded Taxi members that long whether you've broken even yet.Well, I have broken even over three, going on four years. Actually more than broken even. These have been both directly and indirectly related to Taxi. I mentioned that the critiques helped me get "modern". The better music allowed me to start picking up film scoring opportunities for low budget independent films and the experience I got from doing those made it so that I was both experienced and prepared when a Taxi deal to write music for a television show came my way. So for me, it's all been intertwined in a semi-complex way. Quote:I'm still wondering about practical things like how long my investment of time/focus/resources would take to get back so I could calculate the overall life-value to me.Calculating the "life-value" of Taxi in a vacuum or whatever would be like trying to calculate the life-value of a film scoring class or degree for that matter at USC. Some film scoring students are going to flop, some will succeed beyond their wildest dreams, and most will probably be somewhere inbetween. It just can't be done to any degree of certainty because nothing is in a vacuum and there are always outside factors. I can't even see quantifying the purchase of a new guitar in that way. Who knows if the purchase of a new guitar in and of itself is going to end in a profit, break-even, or loss on that one expendature alone?Quote:If I'm already a full-time musician who wants to submit music for these various library/jingle/tv background music deals, is it (realistically) going to be worth the distraction after 5 years?It's not much of a distraction really and if you're already full-time, so much the better. Take Taxi out of the equation for the moment. I sent some tracks yesterday to a music library that takes unsolicted submissions. It took about an hour to put the whole package together and get it mailed. Taxi submissions, especially done via their website, takes only minutes. If you have tracks laying around, might as well take a few minutes or an hour or whatever and do something with them. If you're writing music specificially for each listing (like I tend to do), you've got new tracks that you might not otherwise have that can be used for other opportunities if they don't pan out for the original intent. I'm saying "you" but I'm really commenting on my own experience, just don't feel like re-typing the whole paragraph. Anyway, CAN you or anyone start and/or develop a film/television music career through Taxi? Absolutely and that's from my own personal experience as a guy living in a small Missouri town but getting frequent television placements as a direct result of a Taxi listing (I only watched the show one day last week but had three tracks on that particular show ). WILL you or anyone? There's a lot of factors beyond Taxi, beyond your own musical talent, beyond anything you can control. I think a person has to be talented, be prepared, and be a little lucky. It's that last thing that's so unpredicitable. Quote:I wish they'd let us make our own password to log-in. Has that changed since I was last here or are we stuck with that monstrously hard-to-remember-thing they generate?After you've logged in using the impossible password, click "Profile" in the "Home, Help, Search, etc" menu above. Then click "Modify Profile" and you should be able to change your password.That'll be $50 for that last piece of info. Anyway, I want to be encouraging and I'm a Taxi believer from my personal experience but I don't want to cause anyone to do something just on my words and then have them come back to me a year later (even though they could have gotten a refund from Taxi) saying "Hey bub, I didn't break even and you owe me $300!". DavePS - This forum probaly only has 1% of the total Taxi membership, hardly representative for drawing definitive conclusions either way. Of the nineteen or whatever deals that Clint listed, only one guy (Matt Hirt) is on the forum here. If all we had was forum member info, it would look like there was only one deal or placement recently. FWIW.