Ep 123-Jim Stephenson on Letting Your Career Happen

Ep 123-Jim Stephenson on Letting Your Career Happen

Leading orchestras, instrumentalists, and wind ensembles worldwide have performed Stephenson’s “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds.” Upcoming premieres include the St. Louis, Montreal, and Chicago Symphonies, & Minnesota Orchestra. His Devil’s Tale (sequel to L’histoire) is performed regularly around the world, and 30 bands recently commissioned 2 new works. His Symphony #2 was just premiered by the US “President’s Own” Marine Band. 100 orchestras annually perform his arrangements.

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Composer Jim Stephenson shares how forcing your career and placing your own needs first never works. It’s always about the commissioner, performer, ensemble and audience.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Stephenson Music
  • Being a business entity
  • Figuring out how to make it work
  • Having a business partner
  • Being self-critical
  • Don’t let your head get too big
  • Be patient and let your career happen
  • Keeping the door open
  • Not aiming for the center of the bull’s eye
  • The power of the network
  • Built-in interest
  • What they want vs what is needed
  • Loving the music you are doing
  • Self-publishing & owning the music you write
  • Keeping the marketing personal
  • Helping them be successful
  • Sharing what’s happening on Facebook
  • Making contacts & building relationships
  • Set deadlines
  • Reach out to 10 people a day
  • Attend your premieres


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