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Emerging Composers Guide to Productivity and Work/Life Balance


Tom Salta (Composer, Persist Music)

Penka Kouneva (Composer, Kouneva Studios)

Jesse Harlin (Composer, Dunderpate Music, LLC)

Laryssa Chan (Composer and Music Editor, Independent)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 21

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, Audio Conference + Tutorial - Get your pass now!

Topic: Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Inspired by the overwhelming feedback and success of last year's GDC panel "Striking a Balance", this panel will continue this series of work-life Balance talks, this time aiming specifically towards younger composers trying to establish themselves. This panel will delve into specific and concrete ways young emerging composers can learn to be productive and have a work/life balance while pursuing a career as a composer. Veteran composers Tom Salta and Penka Kouneva will be joined by emerging composer Elizabeth Lim, and industry Vet, Jesse Harlin and will discuss a variety of challenges and strategies surrounding being a young, emerging composer in the video game business...and how to get it all done while still "having a life".


Takeaways from this panel include: how to manage your schedule when you need to be on call for another composer, finding the line between paid and unpaid gigs, ways to upscale productivity, flexible ways to plan out your day/week so you can get it all done, blocking out time for social get-togethers, errands, exercise, Playing Games! etc., how to deal with emails, budgeting and paying the bills, and discovering your creative and sleep cycles.

Intended Audience

This panel can benefit composers at all levels but is clearly aimed at emerging composers.