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Meet Freelance Composer for Games, Film and Media - NINICHI

@ninichimusic | 1 Oct 2018

Hello! Tell the readers who are you and what do you do.

Hello! I’m Ninichi and I’m a freelance music composer. I create music for video games, films, commercials, YouTube channels and anything that needs music really!

Last year I released my first original soundtrack album, for a cute cat game called Shakey’s Escape & I also offer royalty free music for those who need it too.

Why freelancing instead of a full-time job?

Music has always been my real passion but for a long time I didn’t feel confident to pursue it as a career, until 2 years ago, when I decided it was now or never! I decided to go freelance and to make it work and so I have!

I’ve built up a solid portfolio, worked with some amazing clients & have been involved in some really exciting projects. I’ve never been one for a ‘normal’ job and have always enjoyed the freedom that comes with being your own boss and managing your own time. So, working freelance lets me do what I do best, when I do it best and for those who really value it. It also lets me spend time on the things that are most important to me – in my career and in my world generally.

For those interested in getting into your field, who should they follow on social media other than you?

Two amazingly talented fellow female game music composers to check out include: Winifred Phillips and Taylor Ambrosio Wood.

I also absolutely love the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, William Joseph, Lindsey Stirling and Taylor Davis.

Biggest challenges you've faced when you started freelancing?

For me, one of my biggest challenges was to build up my client list & pipeline from scratch and to build up my network in a completely different industry to where I was before.

It was also challenging to feel confident in the field initially since, although in my heart it’s what I feel I’ve always meant to do, music, as a career isn’t always taken seriously.

Your worst experience with a client? And how to avoid that situation.

When I first started, I found that some people wanted to work with me on the basis that I would do the work and that they would pay for it on delivery. In theory this sounded ok and worked in some instances, but there were also times when those ‘clients’ simply disappeared.

Perhaps they lost interest, or maybe they had other freelancers they were pitting against each other – who knows, but this was not a good situation to be in. I had spent time and energy doing the work, for nothing. So, now I only take on work at least 50% of the agreed fee is paid upfront.

This may sound obvious but you’d be surprised at what different clients expect or are used to working with!

A piece of advice for those who want to start freelancing

Stick to your guns and be confident in your own choices and talents. So, for example, if you’ve decided on a certain fee structure – stick with it. Don’t reduce it significantly & undervalue yourself just to land a client. What I’ve found is that the clients wanting to pay the least always tend to demand and expect the most! They are usually the hardest to work with and it has never been worth it!

Thanks for reading! ❤️

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