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Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:30 pm
by OtustheSpartan
D-Day, June 6th was my Taxi 1st year anniversary. Perhaps I could consider it my allied invasion of the film and TV music business, although I am not quite sure if it is a war, or if I am winning or not…
I have read several annual reports from other composers and found them helpful in gauging my progress writing for Film and TV opportunities, so I would like to do the same if it can help others.
Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, I have a FT job on Capitol Hill and a family with three older children. I write when I have time and even when I don’t, often sacrificing sleep in order to complete cues. It has been an interesting year and I have learned a great deal about this field of music. My writing for film has improved greatly in the last year by studying the excellent TAXI member composers, watching TAXI TV, and drinking Rockstar energy drink.

My first-year stats:
144 submissions
46 forwards
80+ Cues written this year
Several covers recorded
6 Cues signed to libraries
? Placements

I had no idea I wrote and submitted that many. I have been following the write-submit-forget-repeat mantra, so I haven’t looked back until now. Maybe this review was helpful for me. I probably need to slow down and spend more time on the quality of the cues to get my licensed cue numbers up. I also plan to attend the Rally this year to tap into some of that exponential Lasko knowledge.
I am still enjoying this TAXI ride.
Love, Peace, and Hair Grease to all.

Otus the Spartan

http://taxi.com/OtustheSpartan
http://soundcloud.com/OtustheSpartan

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:18 pm
by jaywilliams
Great productivity and the forwards and deals to show for it.

Placements will follow, great job!

Jay :)

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:44 am
by CTWF
These look like really good stats for a first year, I'd say. Well done! Tom

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:38 pm
by kyliecouper
Wow! You have definitely nailed write-submit-forget-repeat!

That is a huge number of cues written especially with a full time job and a family.

Congrats on a great first year.
See you at the rally!

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:19 pm
by OtustheSpartan
Thank you for the words of encouragement!

Otus

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:11 am
by johnnyrowing
Thanks of sharing your report card with us. Sounds like you are off to a great start. I hope the next 12 months prove even more fruitful.

Best wishes,
Johnny

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:42 pm
by LamarPecorino
Excellent start!

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:59 pm
by chrismugs
what a great 1st year. congrats on the 40-plus forwards. that is the biggest obstacle for 1-year members to tackle. can't wait to here more success stories from you going forward. Gotta support my DMV neighbors :)

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:17 pm
by Russell Landwehr
Nice! Keep on keeping on

Re: Taxi First Year Report Card

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:42 pm
by OtustheSpartan
Thank you Russell - Chris - Johnny - Kylie - Tom - Jay - and Lamar for your kind words!