@ninichimusic | 1 Oct 2018
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!
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 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.
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!
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!
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