How the Creative Network's all-female Industry Q&A panel inspired me to think differently

- Jasmine Heidarzadegan 
Think of all your favourite soundtracks, those soundtracks on your favourite TV shows and movies. What comes to mind? The heartbreaking sound that resonates with the image of Laura Palmer’s dead body on Twin Peaks, that set out to be one of the most memorable character themes ever known, or the thrilling sounds that followed the driver in Drive?
Now think of the same images without those soundtracks, is it even possible to do so? And if yes do they still have the same effect and feel?
To me music has always been a significant part of film, one simply doesn’t work without the other. As someone who has always looked at things from a filmmaker’s perspective it was a great opportunity to hear the other side from the industry professionals in this week’s Creative Network panel.
During the two hours, panelists (Jemma Burns, Nadine Riezouw, Leyla Varela and Amanda Brown) were able to cover all bases of music in the film and TV industry.
Jemma Burns’ provided an insight on the different types of licensing for the music you are choosing. She discussed whether it’s in your best interest to choose an already recorded song or to choose a new and fresh soundtrack. 
Nadine Riezouw’s information helped musicians understand how to find the right publishers and protect their music. She also covered how to keep rights to music and how to best compete with other artists in the industry and be discovered.
Leyla Varela spoke about the different ways one can gather information on the industry standard rates and what counts as an undercut payment and how to value yourself and not settle for less than what you and your work deserve. 
And last but certainly not least Amanda Brown’s knowledge on how the industry works for an independent composer and how each project and client is different, gave insight to what it takes to not just become a composer but what it takes to remain as one.
As Amanda explained neither the industry nor the job itself is easy and it’s not always the best way for one to sustain a life, however, there are ways to succeed. Most importantly it’s your attitude and your commitment to the quality of your work and deadlines that can set you apart from anyone else.
Amongst all that was shared by the panelists, two things stood out to me personally: 
1. Do not be afraid to aim high. You can reach out and contact different publishers and get their help, there are always other people out there that are willing to help out on a project for little money, remember sometimes it’s more about passion than money.
2. Being a woman in this industry may be difficult at times as people may not take you seriously but there are always people out there that will help you get to where you deserve, all that you need to remember is your goal, you may change directions at points but with your goal in mind you will succeed.
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