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What's my title

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:42 am
by RHicks
Hi Folks

I can't speak for the rest of the world, but here in the UK social conditioning suggests your job title is of critical importance. I don't subscribe to this however, but when speaking to people (and networking) I haven't landed on a suitable response to the question "and, what do you do?"

I've used the following titles:
- I write music for TV
- Composer
- Music Producer
- Media Composer
- etc

I've had music on the TV for around 13 years now though it's been a supplementary income to my day job, running a small tech business. However now, I'm writing full time and starting to network more, pitch more (thanks to TAXI etc) so I would like to solidify my working title for business cards, website, linkedIn etc.

Like many of you guys, I write/record/mix/master all compositions. My target audience is all forms of media. I'm not a performer, I'm not in a band, I don't write score.

Is it arrogant to say I'm a 'Media Composer'? It feels suitably descriptive but from a purist point of view, I've always thought of a composer as someone who works with dots and lines on sheet paper before committing the playing/recording.

So, the question is....what do you guys use as a job title?

Many thanks


Re: What's my title

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:38 pm
by ttully
Somehow the words Doctor and or Astronaut always seem to come up when I tell people what I do... ha!


Re: What's my title

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:37 pm
Not a native speaker, but why not "music producer"? Tom

Re: What's my title

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:13 am
by RHicks
Thanks folks. It's useful to bounce the idea. I do use the astronaut, mountain rescue and fighter pilot titles when I'm bored at social gatherings. Music Producer is what I've been using but in Europe this term tends to lend itself more to electronic/EDM/etc writers although some would disagree. I think I'm going to run with 'Media Composer'. I'll get over it and move on. Thanks again chaps.