"Polititroppene" on YouTube

The documentary "Polititroppene", which uses several of my Scandinavian folk pieces as underscore, is now available on youTube. It is a...

Talent vs Hard Work

A 10-year old girl asked me yesterday if I was better than everyone else in my class at music when I was her age. I answered honestly and...

Overnight Success

I have a friend who recently was offered a really cool job on a TV show. Someone told him “Wow, you are one of those overnight success...

Never Stop Learning

Mozart once said “It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given...

Some Things I learned Last Year

My friend Panos Kolias recently shared some things on FB that he learned last year and asked if I would do the same. Being someone who...

"When I Win an Oscar..."

When I first got started scoring films I sent an email to one of my mentors ending with, “When I hold my thank you speech at the Oscars,...

Why Aren't You Getting the Gigs?

Have you ever heard a piece of music used in a TV show or film score and thought "I am as good as that composer! Why didn't they hire me?...

Don't Burn Bridges

Some years ago I sent a friend request to a producer via FB. I also sent a message introducing myself. I told him I was a composer who...

Keys to a Successful Collaboration

Some days ago Nathan and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. It made me ponder what has made our marriage strong and happy. Some of the...

Finding Hope

Some years ago a counselor told me he believed I had “Chronic Depression”. I refused to get help, because I did not believe that there...

Learning to Listen

A while back I contacted a young composer, who has amazing talent, and asked if we could meet. I did not say much beside that I was a...