I am, as probably many of us here, eager to get into the filmscoring business. Funny as it may sound, I've only recently found out about the importance of self-marketing thanks to the fascinating lectures (namely the two seminars with George S. Clinton) at Transatlantyk FIlm and Music Festival in Poznan, Poland.
So I've done some research and I got stuck with one question: is it better to:
1) put your stuff out there (SoundCloud, YouTube and such) and wait until someone stumbles upon it, or
2) send out your portfolio to everyone and keep sending it, until someone actually listens to it and decides to contact you?
Some support #1, saying "it shows you in a better light, not being desperate to get a job" and, since it's also your personality you're trying to market (being good to work with), you don't want to be seen as opressive, intrusive or pushy.
#2 seems more reasonable for me, since it means taking your fate in your hands and it doesn't rely on pure luck (as I think #1 does). But then it implies more questions:
A) Who do you market to? Production companies? Directors? Small ones? Medium ones? Indie? (Is there ANY chance of contacting the big ones like WB, let alone get their interest?)
B) Traditional mail or e-mail? Or both? (There are also job submition forms at some production studios' websites - including the big ones, but i doubt it could work..)
C) One company = one sendout? Or repeat ocasionaly (and risk being labeled as spam)?
What are your views / experiences?