Top TV music composers on what they wish they could’ve known when they first got started, including not taking things ‘too personally’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“I think, if I look back, maybe I would’ve picked a different job because it’s so scary,” joked “Game of Thrones” composer Ramin Djawadi when asked what he wished he could’ve known when he got started in the business.

“I knew nothing, and maybe that was a good thing,” he said at Gold Derby’s BTL Experts Q&A panel, “because I just walked right into it,” believing in the virtue of “hard work.”

Djawadi was one of four tunesmiths who participated in the discussion at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles, which was moderate by managing editor Chris Beachum. Watch the full interview with Djawadi, Marco Beltrami, Kris Bowers, and Brett “Leland” McLaughlin above.

And watch 10-minute individual interviews with each of the composers by clicking their names below:

Beltrami, who was there to discuss his work on the Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo,” admits he wished he had known that “it’s unfortunately not mostly about the music. It seems like being a film composer is about so many other skills than just musical skills. I wish it was more about music.”

For “The Other Two” songwriter Leland, the world of music is both “competitive” and “also very community-oriented.” So he learned that “even if you are a composer, and you’re working alone a lot, just surround yourself with people that are at the same place as you. I spent a lot of time trying to write up” with “the biggest songwriter I could find.” But “when I finally just relaxed and started working with the people that were just as driven” and “coming up around me,” it felt better.

Bowers, who spoke about “When They See Us,” feels he would’ve benefited from “not take things personally” early on. “You’re in this position where you’re constantly putting yourself in a vulnerable state, and then presenting music that you’ve written from this vulnerable place, and then somebody listens to it for 30 seconds” and dismisses it. Bowers believes you have to learn “to roll with that” and keep going.

The four panelists are no strangers to awards season. Djawadi won his first Emmy for “Game of Thrones” last year, earning five additional bids for “Prison Break,” “Flashforward,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Westworld” (twice). Beltrami competed at the Oscars for “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Hurt Locker,” the Emmys for “David and Lisa,” and the Golden Globes for “A Quiet Place.” Bowers won a Daytime Emmy for “The Snowy Day” and contended at the Critics Choice awards for “Green Book.” McLaughlin reaped a Golden Globe bid for penning the original song “Revelation” from “Boy Erased.”

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