Hey all, doing my dissertation on media composing and needed an empirical section where I ask some relevant questions. If anyone could take a little time to answer it'd be greatly appreciated! What type of media did you predominantly work with when you started composing for the moving image? (e.g. film, TV adverts, trailers etc…) What do you believe to be the most important aspects to consider when becoming a professional composer for media? How important is it to mix real instruments with samples? What should be the essentials as part of a professional composer’s toolkit? Think software, instrumentation etc… There are contrasting views on working for free when starting out. What are your views on working for free, whether you are starting or as a professional? Thank you for your time and answers.