TEM185: Becoming a published composer while still in middle school and resisting the expectations of others in order to blaze your own path - A conversation with composer Tyler S. Grant
Tyler S. Grant is a composer, conductor and music educator based in Alabama.
On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:
- The business reason behind adding a middle initial to his name
- How he ended up meeting and working with his mentor, Brian Balmages
- The many things Brian has taught him including how to balance your career with the rest of your life
- There is something we can learn from absolutely anyone in the music business
- The meaningful connections Tyler made with guest artists as a college student by volunteering to drive them to and from the airport
- His first composition for band which was only 90 seconds long and took him months to write (which got performed at the Midwest Clinic!)
- Why he felt like he had arrived when he got that first piece published and as a result didn't release anything in the following year
- Being that driven from an early age and the lessons he learned along the way
- Learning to resist the expectations of the industry and others so you can find your own artistic path
- Why having a degree in something, while valuable, is not a requirement to creating art
- His decision to self-publish his music and to form an LLC
- The crazy schedule he kept as a college student to be an in-demand self-published composer (including enlisting the help of his fellow students to get orders out)
- Hiring a "ghost printer" to keep up with demand and how that kept his sanity
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