As you know, I was in LA at the beginning of this month for ASCAP’s I Create Music expo. The thing that blew me away was the attitude of the many accomplished film and media composers who were on panels and doing interviews. Their attitude can be summed up in one word: Enthusiastic. They were excited, passionate and happy to share their experiences, both good and bad. Everyone in the room was swept up in the positive vibes expressed and left feeling inspired. I know this because I spent time talking with fellow composers and attendees, but it was also obvious by the looks on the faces.
One thing that was noticeably absent from the expo was Ego. There was NO EGO. None, nowhere to be seen. The humility expressed by these incredibly successful composers was beautiful. It got me thinking: Ego vs. Enthusiasm. Which is better?
What does one accomplish wearing their ego on their sleeve? Those around them become dwarfed and levels of status is is quickly defined. The individual with the ego feels like the star, everyone else is either envious or turned off. Did I miss anything? Here’s the thing: I believe that this environment stunts creative exchange and learning opportunities. Let’s not mistake ego for confidence. With the established composers I met at the expo it was clear they were confident in their abilities and successful in the industry.
When one puts their ego aside and simply has an enthusiastic attitude then status is also shelved for the moment. A creative exchange can ensue. Those less experienced a more open to learning because the fact that they aren’t as successful is not be shoved in their faces. It is a positive and generous environment.
A classic case of an enthusiastic successful individual is Ron Jones. He is going out of his way to create situations where composers and other artists can get together and share and learn. I would definitely check out the Ravel Club at Vitello’s Restaurant in LA and also his new day-long session called Compose Yourself (coming up on June 24 in LA). If you want more info on these events, email Ron Jones. Seeing him speak is truly inspirational. This guy is a monster in the film composition world and all he wants to do is help others who want to do the same thing. Amazing.