Marketplace: How to be a music supervisor (Interview with Morgan Rhodes)

December 26, 2018

 

 

"Everyone has a dream job growing up: doctor, vet, ice cream taste tester. But how do you actually get the gig? Marketplace is looking into how with the occasional series "How to Be a ..."

 

 

An iconic TV or movie moment is often more than great acting or direction: the right music at just the right moment can heighten emotions, reveal what the dialogue doesn't, and push the story forward.

 

But while the actors who performed the scene and the musicians who played the song might get all the glory, there was someone who dug through the record crates to find the perfect song for that moment. They’re called music supervisors, and Morgan Rhodes is an expert at it. Her job not only includes sourcing the songs for a given work, but securing the rights to use them.

 

She’s chosen music for the critically acclaimed 2014 film “Selma,” the indie movie “Middle of Nowhere,” Netflix’s “Dear White People,” and the OWN TV show “Queen Sugar.”

 

Listen to the interview with Morgan Rhodes at the above embed, or continue reading at: https://www.marketplace.org/2018/12/26/life/how-be/how-be-music-supervisor

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