Becoming a Film Composer: What Does It Take?

Todd Thommes, a transplant for Los Angeles, has been trying to break into film scoring for two decades. He worked in Hollywood as a script reader and other jobs, while trying to make contacts in the music industry. Hollywood is a competitive environment and this was in an age before the proliferation of music on the internet. Mr. Thommes got a gig playing at the Sofitel Hotel. There he mostly played jazz piano. He met a few jazz greats, but none led to the big break.

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Dirty, Rotten Tariffs

In the midst of a trade war with China, Trump has started a trade war with Mexico. He has threatened to implement a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico if they don’t stem the flow of migrants into the USA. Republicans are not unanimously behind Trump. As of June 5, 2019 Trump is still in Europe and Republicans are trying to deal with questions regarding the tariffs.

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