Supervisor Madonna Wade-Reed was generous enough to sit down with me for an hour in-between sessions at the Durango Songwriter's Expo in Ventura, California.
She currently works on the shows All American and BatWoman.
Her past experience includes working with The Red Line, American Crime, Reign, Shannara Chronicles and Smallville (I know).
And for ad campaigns for CHASE Bank and State Farm.
We talk about:
which “pitch path” she recommends taking and prefers to be approached by
the different reactions people have to music supervisors in the states vs the UK
How 50% of her job is actually being a lawyer
the basics in the song construction that can make a song challenging to use
How she organizes the music she is interested in using and what types of folders she places music into
How she uses fan engagement of the shows she works for to help guide the music choices (and therefore how you can better guess what might be worth focusing on with your music)
Why she doesn’t rely on personal taste to do her job
Why she keeps a list of artists she WON’T license
Why all artists NEED to be amendable and flexible if they want success in music licensing
How she approaches genre
And SO much more.
This bonus content is worth the price of admission all by itself. Don't miss out!