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Reel Stories with ReelCrafter | Episode 03: Louis Robert King

In this episode of Reel Stories, Louis Robert King discusses his work as a composer and orchestrator and how he often takes on projects that he never would have predicted, including a recent project with the band The Ironsides. This interview offers a glimpse into Louis‘ process as a creator and how he approaches opportunities in an ever-changing creative landscape.

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EPKs 101: What every artist needs in their electronic press kit

An EPK, or electronic press kit, is a must-have for any musician or singer-songwriter looking to make an impact in the music industry. Whether you're starting out and just getting your name out there, or you've been around for a while and are looking to take your career to the next level, having an EPK is key. So what exactly goes into an EPK? Well, that depends on who you ask. But there are definitely some essential elements that every EPK should have. Here's a look at eight of them.

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Artist Spotlight

Reel Stories with ReelCrafter | Episode 02: Willow Crest

In this episode, find out how the artists behind Willow Crest use ReelCrafter to pitch for festivals and unlock sync licensing and media composition opportunities, and how the platform’s powerful tools like track replacement fit into their workflow.

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Expert Series

How Hollywood composer Chris Lennertz levels up his demo reels with ReelCrafter

In this exclusive interview, composer Christopher Lennertz discusses the importance of demo reels and how he uses ReelCrafter’s metrics on reel engagement to identify what works well and what doesn't. Don’t miss his tips on ways to always be improving and making sure your pitches are top-notch.

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Artist Spotlight

4 Questions with Matthew Head

We sat down with Matthew Head, composer for Tom Swift, P-Valley, Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches, and more.

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Artist Spotlight

Reel Stories with ReelCrafter | Episode 01: Gilde Flores

ReelCrafter co-founder Sam Hulick chats to Gilde Flores to find out how ReelCrafter fits into his workflow as a multi-genre composer and music producer. Plus, Gilde shares some pro tips on how the platform’s unique tracking features helped him secure his latest composer/music supervisor role on ’The Garcias’ (HBO Max).

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Tips & Tricks

How to make a voice-over demo reel as a professional voice actor

As a voice actor, your demo reel is your calling card. It's how you showcase your work and grab the attention of producers, casting directors, and talent agents to land voice-over work in commercials, audiobooks, animated films, and video narration. Making a great impression with your voice-over demo is imperative for landing voice-over work in professional voice acting.

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Building a killer music demo reel — Part 1

So what is a demo reel and why do you really need one? In this article we’ll tackle the very basics of a demo reel, talk about two very different types of demos, and share some tips for selecting music. This is the first in a series of planned articles.

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Artist Spotlight

4 Questions with Matt Bowen

4 Questions with Matt Bowen—The Binge (composer), The Boys (score producer, additional music), Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever. (composer), Blood Road (composer), and more.

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Expert Series

How Emmy-award-winning film and TV composer Trevor Morris uses ReelCrafter to land gigs

We sat down with Trevor Morris to talk about the importance of demo reels for landing work as a professional composer and how he relies on ReelCrafter to showcase his music to potential clients.

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Artist Spotlight

4 Questions with Tree Adams

We sat down with Tree Adams, composer for NCIS: Hawai'i, The 100, Californication, NCIS: New Orleans, and more.

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Tips & Tricks

Software and tools roundup for composers getting started in 2022

We’ve compiled a list of tools and recommendations to support those that are more at the starting point of their composing career—though people at any level might find some useful nuggets that weren’t on their radar!

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Expert Series

The basics of a film trailer cue

Composer Mike Rubino shares his thoughts on ways to create film trailer cues with both the emotional intensity trailers demand and the structure that makes cues ideal for editing.

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Product Updates

Summer 2020 new feature roundup

Here at ReelCrafter, we've been busy cranking out a whole bunch of new features for everyone as one last hurrah before we go full steam ahead on ReelCrafter v2!

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Sam Hulick
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Tips & Tricks

How film music helps build emotion

The film viewing experience takes us on an emotional journey. But it’s not just what we see, or what is said, that causes us to experience these feelings. Turn off the music track, and you’ll have a very different emotional experience.

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Product Updates

Introducing a new feature: email notifications

We're always working to streamline the pitching process for professional musicians. On that note, we're excited to announce a new major feature in ReelCrafter Pro: email notifications!

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Sam Hulick
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Making and requesting email introductions like a pro

Warm introductions are one of the most powerful ways to expand your network and land some incredible opportunities in your music career. But are you doing them the right way? In this post, we’ll give you some tips to help increase the chances of making a meaningful connection, avoid awkward situations, and look super professional while either asking for an introduction or making one.

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Industry News

6 conferences where composers can network [sometimes virtually]

A great music conference is the perfect place to connect with other musicians and composers to nerd out about your favorite subjects and hot topics in the field. It’s also the best place to network with other creatives, particularly the ones who are looking to hire talent like you.

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Choosing the right vehicle for licensing your music

The world of music licensing is broad and nuanced. But when utilized correctly, any talented musician can learn to navigate the licensing landscape and harness a steady stream of income for their music.

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How sync licensing works

It's important to understand the landscape of the licensing industry and how it works before you start pitching your music to supervisors.

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