Vlog #11 – How Do I Compose For Film?

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I recently asked my fans if they could help me out by suggesting some vlogging topics – as I’m trying to be better about vlogging more often and more consistently.  One of the topics that was brought up quite a lot was me sharing with you how I compose for film, and what my studio set- up.

My methods for composing for film and for my own music are quite different  – so talking about how I compose for myself is an entirely different vlog for another day. But I hope you enjoy this inside little glimpse on just a small part of the process I go through when composing for film. Enjoy!…

P.S. Are you subscribed to my Youtube channel yet? 🙂

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Dehydration or Electrolyte Depletion?: Staying Healthy in Hot Yoga

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Dehydration or Electrolyte Depletion?: Staying Healthy in Hot Yoga


It’s common sense that performance in a hot yoga class is closely linked to hydration.  Try embracing the present when the present includes a splitting headache, a screaming calf, or debilitating fatigue.

Almost anyone who has practiced hot yoga has experienced some adverse symptom at one point or another related to dehydration- fatigue, extreme thirst, or muscle cramping.  And anyone who has experienced these symptoms has probably heard a host of solutions and remedies from people: you need to drink more water, you need to buy x product, you need to eat more of x food … and the list goes on.  But before you know which remedy to employ, you need to trace the problem back to its origins.

What really happens to your body during hot yoga? What is the difference between being dehydrated or experiencing electrolyte depletion? Are there different physical cues for each…

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Turn Your Walk into a Workout

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The most commonly cited obstacle to regular exercise is lack of time. Factoring in preparation, travel, and shower time, even a 45-minute or 1 hour class can easily take a couple hours out of your day. Not to mention the financial and logistical issues of paying for the class, covering travel expenses, and figuring out childcare.

But most people would agree they have time for a 20-30 minute walk – whether around your neighborhood or a nearby park.

And if you’re already going for a walk, why not take the opportunity to get a full-body workout in?

Below I’ve outlined a four-circuit program that can be completed anywhere, with no equipment needed. Each exercise group has a corresponding video (linked to Youtube). The videos have been sped up for faster viewing, but the more slowly you can do each exercise, the better!

Each individual exercise should be repeated about 8-10 times…

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Spring Up Close

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I finally got to go shoot today! It was kinda rainy all day and dark which is my favorite kind of light to shoot in. Anyways, we’re six months away from our proposed date to head to Iceland and we’ve done literally zero research. I think I don’t fully believe we’re going to do it yet because we’ve been saying that we’ll do it for years and it keeps getting pushed back. Maybe I just need to set a date to purchase the plane ticket.

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10 Things You Can Do To Be a Better Artist

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Jennifer Thomas-581KAT 2As a composer/recording artist with four albums released and a growing music career, I am immersed daily in a global community of musicians that contains everything from amateurs to seasoned professionals.  I get to see a lot of really amazing stuff, some things that are maybe not-so amazing, and everything in between.

Before doing what I do now though, I performed in the world of Classical music (violin and piano) for about 20 years before discovering I wanted to have my own voice and compose my own music.  I’m now 10 years into my composing/recording career, and I only recently started finally feeling like I’m starting to get it – you know – this thing called the music business.

And while I know I’m definitely far from learning everything I still need to learn, I wanted to share with you what I HAVE learned thus far.

I’ve actually been wanting to write this blog post for quite some…

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