Thanks to composer Tony Solitro for sharing this on Twitter. It’s a great article by Annie Gosfield, giving advice to young composers. The most poignant piece of advice, for me, was this:
Be willing to put yourself and your music on the line. If you don’t believe in your music, nobody else will. If you’re trying something new, be prepared for those lonely times when you may be the only one who believes in your work. At least you’ll have yourself — buy yourself a drink and be good company.
Fear of rejection and believing in myself are two very difficult obstacles that I struggle with as a composer. It’s very challenging for me to try and “sell” my music to others. It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one.