To sum it up, I've been trying to work for music licensing and video game companies in Toronto, Canada. Some of the licensing companies do amazing shows and big brand name commercials, and the video game companies range from small to multi-national. No dice. Not one single one is hiring for a composer.
I've got a music degree and demo reels of orchestrated, ambient, jingle, etc. I know music is traditionally a difficult career but with so much music out there in media, I can't imagine the big media companies are saying at their meetings "so does anyone have a cousin or informally know of any musician personally who can compose for our 400th commercial?" No, I would assume they would look for an established studio with credentials like any other service or consultant they need to procure.
So am I in the dark here or is this a very coveted field?