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Old 06-03-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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Question nashville music industry

im a 29-yr old songwriter moving to nashville. i write whatever genre but in a pop commercial sort of style. i can sing and perform my stuff, but im not interested in being a singer/songwriter.....and i really don't want any camera time. i just want to write stuff for other artists, movies/films, tv shows, etc. and make a living at it like anybody else. someone told me just recently that im past my prime and that im too old to want to be a songwriter now. that i should've been doing what im doing now when i was in my late teens and early twenties. so what do you guys think? am i too old to want to be in the music industry?

loco
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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I don't know why someone would tell you you're too old to be a writer. You're not even 30. Now, if you're just starting to learn how to write and have never done it, that may be a different story. The one thing you have to be aware of is that there are thousands of songwriters here, so really perfecting your craft will be absolutely necessary as well as networking. It will also be important that you find other songwriters to write with, both for contacts and for the experience...keep trying to write with people better than you! You first have to have a passion to tell a story or express something that others have trouble doing...before the whole money making part. One way you can start getting to know people is at Bluebird Cafe. Go there...a lot. Go to the songwriter nights where the pros perform and also sign up for open mic nights there where you can showcase your stuff.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:32 AM
 
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You're not too old to be a songwriter. We have two friends in their early forties who just recently got their first publishing deals. Both had previous careers.

My husband was 27 when he signed his first deal and everyone joked that he was young. As an aside, my husband was a lot like you, more into pop and commercial stuff. He had only a little success in the Nashville country songwriting world. But, he's done well in the advertising world instead, so you may want to consider that road instead of the traditional country publishing deal.

Heck, you're not even too old to be the artist if you're interested.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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You are NEVER too old if you have the talent. True talent does not expire at any given age. Go for it!!!!!!!!
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