MUSIC SUPERVISORS: FOCUS. FOCUS. FOCUS.

Okay, so the music supervisor is trying to keep his head above the flood while looking out for that perfect drop of water. Does the music supervisor have time to reply in a personal fashion to your submission? The down and dirty answer is: No.

(Granted, automatic replies could be employed. Maybe something that says: This is an automated reply letting you know your submission has been received. Please be advised that we will listen to it and that if it is chosen for consideration we will be in touch.)

Nevertheless, you wait. And you wait. And you wait. And days, weeks, months go by; you wait more. And you never hear from the music supervisor. And you think…what?

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Naturally, you think he hates you.

Naturally, you think he doesn’t want you to succeed.

Naturally.

But that would not be the case because he has no reason to be invested in your failure. To a music supervisor, you are another can of tomatoes on a shelf in the grocery store. Some have garlic; some not. Some have okra; some not. Some are whole; some diced. Some are salted; some not. Some have a price tag; some don’t. But you can be sure cans of tomatoes don’t whine and cry if they don’t get picked for the spaghetti sauce being made that evening.

Let’s just say the music supervisor loves the song you sent, but it isn’t perfect for any of his shows. Or, he thinks it is perfect for one of his shows, and recommends it, but it’s not a decision he alone makes, and he’s overridden.

What is the music supervisor supposed to do? Is he now supposed to email every single person that didn’t get picked and give them a tissue to blow their nose on and say better luck next time?

Ain’t nobody got time for that. Do you remember the previous post about the amount of songs coming at him?

The can of tomatoes knows it didn’t picked because it is not in the shopping cart heading toward checkout. You know your song didn’t get picked because you haven’t heard from the music supervisor. Eventually, with enough time, you may form a personal relationship with the music supervisor and that supervisor will let you know the status of your song, but don’t hold your breath.

Never forget you are the salesperson. Your job is to create and pitch.

The music supervisor’s job is to pick and place that which works at the time for the current shows’ audiences.

The big question, though, is this: Why do people get so upset when their song isn’t chosen? Ah, read on.

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