In this thread we discuss your process.
Your freelance process, not your Netflix selection procedure or your mating ritual.
Although… your mating ritual is bound to be funnier. Alright, let me update the thread topic:
The thread where we talk about your process and maybe mating rituals (if they’re weird, like bringing a miniature karaoke machine with you everywhere you go, because you do a wicked Steven Tyler impression and you’re the kinda person who says things like, “chicks dig air guitar”)
No. I’ve re-decided. Let’s keep it strictly to your freelance process.
As a songwriter, my freelance career and my in person - pro writing career can look very different. In person, I’m working with an artist or production team who’s body of work is the launching pad of our new artistic pursuits. It’s my job to factor in their career trajectory, what they’ve said previously, what they haven’t said and what portion of those statements (melodically and philosophically) have to remain in place to retain an audience’s interest. Then I’m taxed with moving the needle. This is an example of contracted work - and it’s entirely different than staff writing, which has its own process.
None of these metrics may apply to freelancing.
But there are similarities. So the initial process remains the same:
listen to A-Ha’s “Take on Me” and convince myself that a thread of inspiration exists between this new country artist I’m writing for and my having listened to “take on me.” Otherwise, it’s just me dancing around my kitchen to “take on me.” I prefer to see it as “gathering information.”
Ask my new client every single question that could ever be asked, ever. I want to know every thing about anything that they have ever even dreamed that a song could accomplish. When I set out to write that song, I want to be so familiar with their headspace that their voice is paying rent in my imagination.
I get more coffee.
This is my initial process (give or take 400 other intricate things happening that actually speak to getting work done).
I’d like to know your process.
- What you do. The main thing.
- Where you start
- What you need to launch