7 Business Secrets from “The Infiltrator” Composer Chris Hajian in Forbes



Composer Chris Hajian shared his secrets with Forbes Magazine.

Film composer Chris Hajian has made a living creating dozens of soundtracks for film, documentary and television for 25 years — an industry always beset with brutal competition, which has in recent years been many-times compounded by pressures faced by all media: copyright law that is stacked against artists, and digital technology that renders paying for music all but obsolete. Nielsen reports that on-demand streaming jumped 93 percent in 2015, when Roseanne Cash told PBS she was paid $104 for 600,000 downloads from sites like Pandora and Spotify.

These trends make it harder than ever for even the most qualified composers to find success in a music career, says Hajian. ”Once Napster made streaming music free, it changed the perception of what music is worth for both the public, as well as entertainment executives,” says Hajian, whose most recent project is the soundtrack for The Infiltrator, the $47.5 million 1980s drug crime drama starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, and John Leguizamo, and directed by Brad Furman. The Infiltrator hits theaters July 13.

Here Hajian shares his advice for thriving in what he calls “the brutal film industry” — advice relevant to any entrepreneur.

Read the full article here.

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