This book is written for you, a Screen Music Composer seeking to Escape 9–5 and Support your Family Composing Music for Film, TV, & Video Games.

Family-First Composer will guide you to:

  • Enjoy freedom from your day job

  • Immediately earn income from your music

  • Free your time to focus more on your family

  • Experience fulfillment supporting your family

  • Do what you love

  • Work from home

  • Remove the stress of inconsistent paychecks

  • Feel secure in your finances

  • Live peacefully

  • Open your options for a better lifestyle

  • Embrace autonomy in your life to do what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, & at the price you want, & at the terms you want!

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"You don't have to grind 24/7 to be a successful screen music composer, but you do have to be intentional with your time. I'm proud that Steven Melin has fought for this balance at an early age, and he'll show you how you can too. I'm excited for how Family-First Composer will equip you to live the most fulfilling life possible."

– Adam Gubman (Composer of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, Producer of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman, & Songwriter at Disney Parks Worldwide)

"The only composers who make it in this industry are those that cannot live a fulfilling life without writing music. It's incredibly difficult to become a successful media composer, but Steven will lead the way if you're willing to put the work in."

– Garry Schyman (TORN, Bioshock, Middle earth: Shadow of Mordor)

"Steven Melin leads you on the path of writing music for digital media, warts and all, and lets you know exactly what it's like to make a living as a modern media composer."

– Grant Kirkhope (Yooka-Laylee, Banjo Kazooie, & GoldenEye 007)

"The career of a media composer sits on a nexus of many skill sets: unrelenting professional development, cultivating relationships at screenings and events, online presence management...all well-illustrated in this book. Successful careers are directly tied to opportunities presented by friends, champions, advocates, mentors, fans, and circles of supporters. In Family-First Composer, Steven Melin helps you cultivate these long-term relationships while providing practical, actionable tips and strategies for work-life balance. I highly recommend this book to all composers. A must-have!"

Penka Kouneva (The Mummy VR game, NASA Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center, & Cookie Jam mobile game)

(or listen to the Audiobook version)