Writing the tune is the hard part
I love the idea that there is no art without resistance from the medium, there are always boundaries to push against especially with a commission. The instrumentation, the style, the budget, the desires of the people you are working with, but all of these constraints force you into a place of creativity which you may never have thought of otherwise.
the greatest challenge is to remember to take pleasure in the journey of being a composer rather than being overly focused on end goals. Obviously, we have goals, but sort of ironically, the best way to get to them is to stay engaged in the day-to-day process and find joy in that.
Being a musician is being a lifelong student. I think knowing that this a journey for the rest of your life puts you in the mindset to always challenge yourself and continue to grow.
I try to listen intently to my inner voice and the serendipity of what’s around me, but I find as I improvise on that idea I’ll catch a whisper, almost a scent of something which I chase that ultimately ends up being the composition
The inspiration for my compositions can come from a great conversation with the filmmaker, the film itself or a certain scene. I like to be as open as possible in the beginning.