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Dear Visitors and Potential Collaborators,

I am Sara and now I would like to share personally with you some considerations about how I work as an artist and some of my professional beliefs. Reading these thoughts cost only a few minutes of your time but it might save you a huge amount of time and stress in the future. Those thoughts come directly from me and represent my actual reflections about my artistic life.

Contrary from one could expect from a composer nowadays, I do not sell music. I do not have the requirements, the business structure of a music shop nor I am interested in that. I am interested in working with people and contributing to their artistic expression with my music. My music is made uniquely to enforce the creative ideas of a certain performance. Are you a musician, a choreographer or a theatre director looking for some music that is especially made for your show? You are in the right place.

In order to understand your needs, I need to form an idea of what you are looking for, the destination, technical implications, the time schedule of the project and the budget. After evaluating these things with you I am able to decide whether I can take this project or not. We are all human beings and we are all subject to time, energy, stress, change of ideas, mood and emotions. We can recover from energy loss, recover from stress, improve bad ideas and turn them into successful ones, work on our inner sphere BUT time goes away inevitably and it is not possible to recover.

One thing that can always save the project and prevent negative feelings and fights is good communication. Everybody, especially in the art forms, is entitled to change ideas, modify, adjust and act in order to present to the audience the best version of their artistic outcome. My job is extremely related to other people's one so it is a real ecosystem from the creative and technical point of view.

I am always working hard on my persona as well as on my profession so please consider the unseen effort. Things will develop with me through time and experience but I like to keep some guidelines to discipline myself and feed the passion I have for what I do. In the meantime, if we do not know each others, I invite you to check my portfolio and my artistic approach before contacting me. I do accept only projects I am interested in AND I have time for full commitment. If I am not able to take your project, it does not mean that I do not find value in it: it might simply happen that I am busy and the prior agreement with somebody else requires my complete attention. It might also happen that I am not the right person to take care of your project! In this case, if I know somebody that can do a better job, I will promptly recommend him/her.

I tend to follow up my works from the beginning to the end (and further developments): from initial ideas, the first sketches/drafts to the complete scores or tracks, rehearsals, performances and also documentation. Therefore, I have a parental attitude towards my compositions. This is in order to control of the use of my music and make sure it has been used in situations where I feel fully represented. It implies also that I do not transfer my copyrights to anybody else. I am the creator so I am the only one who can cut, modify, change, remix, re-notate, re-orchestrate my own compositions and take artistic decisions upon them. I remind my creations are made for a specific situation, people and purpose and that is my main motivation.

If there is good communication, everything is gonna be fine!

I believe that good ethic, respect and honor are the fundamentals of a positive working relationship. Many times I have been on the edge of physical or psychological failure due to situations that did not resonate with my personality and my beliefs. Those situations could have been easily avoided, but I have also learnt something from that. This basic principle is very easy to keep in mind and easy to spot on the field. It is: "Surround yourself with people who get it". It asks me to be responsible with myself and my beliefs, first!

Example of situations I have experienced that do cause unuseful tension among people who are collaborating on a project. I compile a clear list to remind myself the mistakes I have experienced and that I should avoid first:

  • negative attitude in general;
  • not taking responsibility;
  • changing key-ideas without communicating promptly;
  • omit, or misrepresent information about a project;
  • not replying to emails and no consistent follow-up;
  • not being on time also concerning scheduling, workflow and deadlines;
  • disrespecting the team members and collaborators;
  • copy-paste things without checking them first;
  • hide legal implications of a certain project;
  • asking to sign stuff never agreed or spoke about in advance;
  • cancel a performance without an objective and demonstrable reason (we can all have a "bad day" but it is not enough to ruin the work of multiple people);
  • not being committed to the artistic demandings of a project;
  • trying to sell yourself for what you are not (professional skills and persona);
  • promise what you cannot commit to;
  • not introducing yourself and your duties properly before giving orders to other people;
  • provide false or incomplete equipment list;
  • treating badly musicians and performers;

[the list is constantly evolving]

Do you have questions, remarks or suggestions about this? Wanna share your experiences?