A Chat With Twilight Music Supervisor Alexandra Patsavas

Ever wonder how to land a job in music supervision. We asked Alexandra Patsavas, whose worked on Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy, and the massively popular Twilight series, and also runs the indie rock label Chop Shop Records (Anya Marina, The Republic Tigers). Did you make a lot of mix tapes when you were younger. Indeed... for every occasion. I am still at it, now just professionally. Are you a musician yourself. Just a hobbyist. I sang in choirs and played a bit of piano and clarinet. How did you break into the music supervising business -- what were you doing before. I have been music supervising most of my career, initially as a coordinator at Concorde Films in 1995. Prior to that, I worked as a college promoter, specializing in alternative booking in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, an agent trainee and in the Film and Television department at BMI. How do people break in now - is it any different. Although a much more difficult field to get started in as A + R opportunities are on the wane, the actual “breaking in” remains the same -- interning/assisting at a music supervision company, network or studio. Do you have a mentor or someone you look up to the most in the music supervision business. I learned so much from the first music supervisor I worked for, Paul Di Franco. He was an incredibly generous boss. How much music listening do you in a typical month to scout for new songs. Quite a bit. I have always been extremely interested in unsigned indie artists and I am always on the lookout for Chop Shop... Sign In to Keep Reading

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