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Early Career Lunch Hour

October 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PDT


12:00-1:00pm PT // 3:00-4:00pm ET



Are you a composer for visual media in the early stages of your career?

Are you trying to secure your first feature film, video game, or lead composer credit?

Are you working mostly as an “additional music by” composer?

Are you working mostly as a composer’s assistant?

Have you been working as a media music professional for less than five years?

Join the SCL Early Career Committee for our first SCL Early Career Lunch Hour on Zoom. These Lunch Hours will happen every two months, and will always start with a Lightning Talk on topics relevant to our Early Career community, followed by a brief Q&A, and then an informal hang in breakout rooms with members of the committee and your fellow Early Career composers.

The Lightning Talk for our first meeting will be “Ways to Get Started as a Composer”, featuring composer Anne-Kathrin Dern and “Teammates” co-founder Kenny Wood.

Anne-Kathrin Dern is a German film composer and CEO of e-Quality Music Productions LLC, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She is mostly known for her scores to the animated Netflix Original Fearless (2020), the Netflix Christmas movie The Claus Family (2020), Disney’s Four Enchanted Sisters (2020), and SONY’s Help I Shrunk My Parents (2018), as well as her collaborations with Klaus Badelt, most notably on the animated movie Leap! (2016) and the iGG video games Castle Clash (2019), Lords Mobile (2018), and Galaxy Mobile (2020). Earlier in her career, she has collaborated with and assisted composers such as Christopher Lennertz, Alan Menken, Steve Jablonsky, Ryan Shore, William Ross, and Pinar Toprak. Dern just completed her work on the comedy-adventure sequel Help, I Shrunk My Friends (2021) and the Hallmark romance Her Pen Pal (2021). Anne also serves on the SCL Early Career Committee.

Kenny Wood is a composer and arranger whose work can be heard in video games and films including the Oscar-nominated short Oktapodi as well as his contributions to dozens of scores including F9, Magnum P.I., and Despicable Me 3. He’s also an advocate for composer assistants, having penned the Assisting the Composer guidebook with the help of a fantastic team of contributors in addition to co-founding Teammates: A Community for Assistants of Media Composers, a group that aims to make the assisting experience a better one for all. Kenny himself has assisted and arranged for some of Hollywood’s finest composers such as Mychael Danna, Brian Tyler, Heitor Pereira, and Keith Power. Kenny also serves on the SCL Early Career Committee.

Esin Aydingoz

Credits include: Shift, See (additional music)

First industry gig: Music assistant to Deke Sharon for Disney’s a cappella group DCappella

First composer credit: The Prevalence

Silvio Buchmeier

Credits include: Viva Frida Kahlo – Immersive Experience, Druckabfall

First industry gig: Music assistant Orchestrator David Krystal

First composer credit: Monte lato – The Story of an Excavation

Catherine Joy

Credits include: Potato Dreams of America, Naughty Books

First industry gig: Assistant to composer Tim Huling

First composer credit: A Musing

Cindy O’Connor – SCL Board Member

Credits include: Once Upon a Time, The 27 Hour Day

First industry gig: Assistant to composer Mark Isham

First composer credit: Forgiving the Franklins

Carlos Rafael Rivera – SCL Board Member

Credits include: Just Beyond, The Queen’s Gambit, Hacks

First industry gig: Guitarist (uncredited) Without a Map

First composer credit: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Dara Taylor

Credits include: Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar, Little Ellen

First industry gig: Intern for Christopher Lennertz

First composer credit: Colewell

Jeremy Nathan Tisser

Credits include: Hair Jitsu, Battlewake

First industry gig: Assistant to composer Frederik Wiedmann

First composer credit: Mischief Night

Kubilay Uner – SCL Board Member, Early Career Committee Chair

Credits include: American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally, Force of Nature, Big Sur

First industry gig: Assistant to composer David McHugh

First composer credit: Man and Women


FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check membership status).

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Attendees will be emailed a zoom link upon registration.

Attendees can ask questions on YouTube chat, and the SCL Host will pass them on to the Moderator. The SCL Member Code of Conduct applies to online Q&As.