Originally Posted by Kuba
After looking up the VERY FEW of them that operate in our big apple I found out that some of them are going out of business, others don't have a phone operator and collect online submissions [no response from those, LOL]
Some are based in NYC but want you to relocate. Also, when I was doing video game work it was late 90s and early 2000s so they were easier to get a hold of.
Back in '99 Acclaim had an office in Great Neck, Long Island. I actually walked right in and handed them a resume and a demo reel. A week later they had called me telling me they liked my stuff and wanted to hire me as a staff composer but I had to relocate to Texas because even though the games were programmed in Long Island, they had a music studio based in Texas where their staff composers worked out of. Thankfully I turned them down because not long after they filed for bankruptcy. And they were one of the bigger video game companies! I would have been up the creek without a paddle.
Electronic Arts had offered me a staff composing job back in like 2000 or '01 with the stipulation that I relocate to California which I also had no interest in, so I turned it down. I tour a lot as a side man and I like touring but I'm a born and bred New Yorker and have no interest in living anywhere else.
Of course, as you can see by the years I'm talking about it was a much different time in the video game company before they started outsourcing to save money and who's to say if I took the job I'd even have a job still. So I might be jobless and stuck in another state!
I got out of the whole video game thing in like '04 because a smaller game company I was composing for was bought out by a very big and well known multimedia company and the president of the games division had a nephew who fancied himself a composer and like that I was let go so the president's nephew could compose for the game I was originally working on!
I get frustrated enough dealing with the politics of the arts and music world as it is. Adding corporate politics on top of that really didn't interest me. And video games, being mostly corporate productions now (well, the bigger ones with better budgets) means that there's a healthy helping of corporate politics in addition to all the other garbage musicians have to deal with so I got out of it.
Good luck - it's definitely a different field now than it was when I was looking for work.