Tip #81 – Compose like a Fashion Purchasing Agent

When composing, you might have come across the mental struggle of liking something that you wrote… but constantly thinking about other possibilities, as if that your amazing composition needs to be edited in some way.

One way to get around this is pretend you are a fashion purchasing agent… hear me out.

A purchasing agent goes to a runway show or department and looks at all the season’s upcoming looks. The agent then considers all possibilities and then makes the executive decision as to purchase what for a company.

You can do as such the same by writing all these possible variation and edits out. From there – look at them, play them out, listen to them – and decide which ones you like. This helps declutter the head and boasts the ego into settling as to finalizing your composition with confidence in what you wrote.


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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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