Giving Your Tracks the Right Title Can Get Your Music in More Films and TV Shows
You might think that writing great songs and instrumentals is the best way to license more of your music. You could be right, but here’s a really simple tip that I’ll bet you never thought of — give your songs and tracks better titles that make them easier to find.
Imagine that you’re a music supervisor searching for music to license for a Television Show or Movie. As you type in your database query, “uptempo, male, country, instrumental,” trying to find the perfect track for a rodeo scene, the database spits back 231 options with titles like, Country Instrumental, Male Country Instrumental, Country Kicker, Texas Hold ’em, and so on…
If you had titled your track, Rodeo Rider or Rodeo Ruckus, the music supervisor’s eyes would be much more quickly drawn to your track than the others because the title is specific and conjures up a visual image. Remember, music supervisors may be music people, but they work in an industry of visually oriented people. Also noteworthy is that a good portion of the music selected for Films and TV Shows is actually temped in by video editors — most definitely PICTURE people.
Here’s a great exercise to help you learn how to choose better titles. Watch a TV show or movie and take notes about the types of scenes you see: a break up scene, a car chase, or a crime scene investigation. Next to each of them write down where they each took place: a beach breakup scene, a San Francisco car chase, and a crime scene investigation lab. Get the idea?
Your titles? Beach Break Up, San Fran Car Chase, CSI Lab.
Make it easy for picture people to SEE where they should be using your music and I can almost promise you that more of them will!