For the first time in my life I'm considering pursuing a career in writing music. for 20 plus years I've had a passion for writing midi music in many genres for the purpose of experimentation and personal entertainment. I just recently began writing orchestral pieces and feel as though I've uncovered a hidden talent I never knew I had. To this point Ive only written music for my own personal entertainment and haven't shared much with the world but recently there's something deep within my spirit saying "go pursue music." So, where to go? Thats my question to the universe...
My skills: I am good in the art of writing and arranging with midi (logic X). I have incredible natural rhythm and timing and I have a sophisticated ear for harmony and melody. I have purchased the full VSL Vienna suite and have the audio engineering skills to mix and master brilliant sound. Others have told me I have excellent taste in music. I have a deep irresistible love for music, a passionate empathetic heart, a vibrant imagination, a childlike curiosity and I believe music can heal the world.
My challenges: I have zero knowledge in reading and writing actual music. I dont know how to write a score down on paper. I have zero college. I also have never been trained on any instrument but have an intermediate understanding of music theory and can hang on the keys in a jam band scenario. To this point I have only scored 2 low budget indie short films so no other professional experience. My skills for the most part lean heavily on my ear and imagination.
My question to the forum is, what are some realistic ways to make composing my career? Are there any real jobs out there that pay you salary or does this have to be contract work? Is it realistic that I can make orchestral (midi mock up, midi production) writing my only job or will it only be plausible as a side hustle? Without any experience or college education is it realistic that my music portfolio could carry me? If no, what if my music is exceptionally good?
So, what kind of work is available in this world in 2021 for a composer like me? I really do wish to quit my day job here, haha! Any input or suggestions are greatly appreciated : )