We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah deCourcy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve always taken risks. It has, for sure, been a running theme with most decisions i’ve made in my career! Taking risks has always opened doors and created new contacts and opportunities and also kept things challenging. From the start, fresh out of college, i was jumping right in the risk taking like getting out a large loan to build my own recording studio in a complex in London (that i really couldn’t afford at the time!) so i could really compete and get taken seriously as a Composer Producer to then packing all that down 8 years later and moving out to live in L.A to further that dream and goal. Risks for me seem short term as you worry about the immediate effects but in taking them you look further forward to what long term rewards taking them could do for you. Not every risk has been a success for me but the ones that were not i have absolutely learned some valuable lessons.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
How did i get where i am today professionally? A lot of hard work. Knowing what i want to achieve and where i want to go with it. Pushing through the rejections and uncertainties. Not boxing myself in too much and keeping my mind open to everything that comes my way and what i want to create. Not watching and worrying what everyone else is doing and setting my own goals at my own pace. I think that trying everything, even if i’m not sure, and creating something new everyday has kept me moving forward. Was it easy? Its never easy but i’m having a blast! So many challenges I’ve had to overcome and push through especially being a woman in my industry. Less opportunities , belief and support and less pay hit me hard when i was coming up and proving my place was a really tough climb! What are the lessons I’ve learned along the way? Do it anyway! I stopped waiting for opportunities to come up and just went ahead and created them myself which opened up so many opportunities for me. One big lesson for me is that no one will work as hard for you or believe in you as much as you will! So many agents, mangers and publishers over the years – I felt used, not good enough and forgotten about a lot of the time. Now I work along side publishers, supervisors and agents in a way that works so much better for me. I find where we work well together and focus on a much smaller portion of my work per client spread out over 15 -20 different people in the industry which in turn means i am always busy working on projects i enjoy and each client is more focused on that project with me. What am i most proud of or excited about? I am most proud of my recent Film Score work on the feature films – ‘LX2048’ , ‘MurMur’ (2019 Toronto Film festival winner) & ‘Bury Me in Armor’ (Garden State Film festival selection 2021). My Scores will also be released as original score albums in mid 2021 and i’m so excited to share them. Im also most proud and excited to talk about my new Music & Sound Company opened January 2020. ‘LITTLE WOLF MUSIC & SOUND’. Helping Composers, Producers and Musicians get their music heard by brands and agencies for Licensing with a bespoke arm to the company where they work for hire to creating something unique for clients specific needs. The reason behind me starting this company is to make a change in the music licensing industry regarding Gender and Race equality and Composers and Musicians fee’s. Over the past 6 years, on the side, i’ve been creating a lot of custom music for trailer, promo, advertising and gaming and been very frustrated by the deals presented to composers and producers to make music for clients, supervisors, publishers and agents and its only getting worse! In 90% of these deals made the composer, producer & creator of the work up for licensing only receives HALF of the music budget and music rights as a fee for the work and in some cases 25% in advertising! This is unacceptable that a supervisor or agent should retain between 50% to 75% of the fee for the music but it isn’t being challenged enough. My Company was created to change that with the Composer receiving the majority share of music usage and licensing fee and retain full ownership of their own music and i can only hope composers and also clients wish to follow me in making that change!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have to say I’m having to remind my self a little since being in lockdown for a year! Hanging out in Venice Beach L.A always seems like a light simmer of fun! Pretty relaxed really involving a lot of outdoor activities and generally meeting fun strangers. I’d say Abbot Kinney for a Light Brunch with possible a little cocktail in hand! I do love walking around the back streets of Venice so i’d say grabbing a coffee from Deus a taking a stroll around Venice, through the canals and right down to Venice beach Boardwalk in an afternoon ready to catch the amazing Sunset. Im a big fan of ‘El Floridita’ a Cuban Restaurant and bar in Hollywood. They have incredible food and Tequila and the best Authentic Cuban live music performing all night until 2am! Too many great nights here!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank film director & writer Guy Moshe for believing in as a Composer to score his film LX2048, even though i had no credits to my name when we met, he put faith in me and believed in my music enough that i could deliver. I’d also like to thank Steve Anderson for believing in me as a Musician, Composer and Producer enough to introduce me to people he thought should know of me and my music work in the industry.