5 Tips For Negotiating Your Way Out Of ANYTHING

Negotiation is a necessary skill to have, for even if we are not aware, we are constantly negotiating. When your friend wants to go get a burger but you’re in the mood for pizza, with your relatives, with your partner or your children. It is not only related to the area of business, talking your boss into giving you a promotion or a raise. Negotiation is a skill that we, inadvertently, use every day and for that reason, it’s a skill worth polishing!

  • LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN.

Before you do anything else, just listen to what the other entity has to say. In negotiation, he who knows more has  ultimate control over the situation. When you listen to the person that you’re negotiating with, your are showing them that you care and that it is important to you that they get what they want out of the deal as well. 

Knowing what the other person wants gives you a tactical advantage and helps you come up with ways in which you can satisfy them while making sure that you get what you want out of the negotiation. Also, take time to notice how are they speaking; Is their language open and confident or do they sound wary? If the person you’re speaking to is acting wary, you can start by showing that you are trustworthy and ease their concerns before they are even voiced, which again, will put you in a leading position. 

  • KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE AND DESIRABLE. 

When entering a negotiation, it is paramount to be clear on what is that you want to achieve. Deciding on the go can leave you feeling dissatisfied or taken advantage of when the excitement over the negotiation fades. 

There are three points that you need to be clear on. These are; What would exceed your expectations, what is your desirable outcome and what is the minimum that you are willing to accept. 

Let’s say that your ideal salary is “x” a year, that would be your desirable outcome and what you are aiming for in your negotiation. Reaching an agreement for “2x” a year would be fantastic! Wouldn’t it? That would be exceeding your expectations. Now, in the worst case scenario, you would do fine with 3/4x a year, what would be your minimum acceptable. 

In a negotiation, you should aim to stay as far as possible from your minimum acceptable for the best results, but always remember that you can’t go below that.

  • START THE NEGOTIATION WITH AN OFFER.

Instead of starting your negotiation with a request, start with an offer instead. If you have been an active listener, you must be aware by now of what is that the other person wants. Your counterpart in a negotiation is probably moving in the same spectrum as you are (minimum acceptable, desirable, exceeding expectations) so now it’s time to walk a mile in their shoes and think about what should be their minimum acceptable. There’s where you want to aim! 

The objective of an initial offer is not to close the deal immediately, but to show your counterpart that you are interested in making them happy, build rapport and create a positive atmosphere before speaking about what you want. Also, their attention will be more focused on what they are to gain from the situation, and they are less likely to think about the cons of agreeing to your request. 

  • MAKE IT ABOUT THEM.

You have clearly voiced your request by now, and you are in need of closing this deal. However, displaying need is the most effective way to end up in a disadvantageous deal! Instead of putting your attention on how much you need to reach an agreement, make your case around the reasons why they need to close the deal. 

Be aware of what you can do for them and paint them a picture of the benefits that agreeing to your deal would have for them. Show them that you are just the right person to give them what they want and add pressure on their side instead of yours. 

For instance, you can say that you can only offer to do this for a limited time because there are other responsibilities coming your way in the foreseeable future. Find a way to create scarcity and add pressure to them by making them realize how much of a win-win situation this is and what a fantastic opportunity they risk losing and you will be three steps closer to doing fantastic business!

  • WALKING AWAY IS AN OPTION.

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, displaying that you are willing to walk away and bearing in mind that a particular negotiation is not the only way in the world to get what you desire creates both an “aura” of confidence around you and a sensation of scarcity for the other part that makes the deal irresistible! 

As much as these tips will help you improve your negotiation skills and help you be way more successful when making deals, not everyone is a match and it’s necessary to remember that it is okay that you are not able to convince everyone! Sometimes, you have pushed too hard and you find yourself in a negotiation that has turned against you, or upon further thought, you feel that you are not satisfied with the arrangement that has been made. If this is the case, you are entitled to walk away and try your luck somewhere else!

Implementing the tips above in your negotiations will have a positive impact and increase your chances of succeeding. Remember to have a clear mind and show confidence and you will have them in the palm of your hand! 

Want to improve your negotiation skills? Join us for a workshop on the “Art of Negotiation” on the 28th/29th of September and learn how to get more from life!

The Gaming Industry & E-Sports In India | Q&A with Lokmanyu Chaturvedi

Lokmanyu Chaturvedi is a 23 year old, professional E-sports gamer from New Delhi. At a young age, he’s won over 35 domestic and international accolades and is among the top 3 competitive gamers in the country. Lokmanyu has also been a three time winner of prestigious ESL India Cup. He speaks to us about his experience of being a professional gamer and the future of E-sports and gaming in India. 

How did you start your career in gaming?

Well I’ve been in love with the most popular sport in the world, football, ever since I was a kid. I played professional football in high school and college which got me to explore the virtual side of it as well because I was always passionate about the game and I wanted to play with world class players on a virtual pitch. 

It all started with playing it casually with my friends and winning against the CPU by big margins. Since I was the best amongst the casual FIFA players in my circuit, they motivated me to go for a tournament which would have all the top pros in the country. Since I was new in the scene and I had nothing to lose, I played so well that I beat a couple of pro players at that time. Finally, the day came when I went past losing out in the first round and won my first tournament. One tournament led to another which made me a better FIFA player and hence the motivation came to become a competitive player. 

Was there a moment in time where you thought “I want to become a professional gamer!”? Or did you have a plan that you were going to pursue this anyway?

Yes, there came a time when I decided to become a professional. After winning some local tournaments I read and watched a lot more of FIFA E-Sports. Top players in the world, their stories and hard work towards the game increased my dedication ten folds. I never had the plan of becoming a professional since I never knew I could come this far by playing this game casually with my friends at a point of time. It was after the consistency I displayed in all tournaments I played in which led me to take a decision of going pro. 

How does one go about becoming a professional gamer?

Being a professional gamer in India is still a big challenge, to be honest. However, games like DOTA, Counter Strike:GO, League of Legends  are big earners since the investment is huge and frequency of tournaments is much higher. FIFA E-Sports is pretty much underdeveloped due to many reasons. Having said that, if a competitive player can acquire the right kind of knowledge, approach the right kind of organizations and most importantly stay patient without giving into fears of failure just because it’s a niche field then being a professional gamer is as solid as any other job in our country which requires 8 hours a day, probably the one which pays you for following your passion.

And what according to you is the future of gaming in India?

It’s been reverberating a lot lately, “E-sports is the next big thing”.

The potential of Indian gaming market as a whole astonishes me. Mobile gaming is the biggest example in our country. There have been a lot of investors coming in wanting to enter the world of E-sports. They are helping organizations build teams, play professionally with player salaries, instilling  coaches and establishing gaming houses. The future looks really promising and it’s only positive; trust me when I say that. The barrier of gaming being an addiction is slowly slipping down the drain and a professional approach has come in which explains why an E-sport is as important as any traditional sport. 

Okay, this is kind of a tough one, but what is your favourite game of all time and why?

You’ve put me in a tough spot here… this is difficult. But I guess I’ll have to go with Uncharted 4 : A Thief’s End, simply because of the thought and hard work that went in to creating so much detail in this game. You can explore so many things and the story is just absolutely mind blowing. Although, FIFA is my work and I would love to play it all day but if asked other than that, this is the one for sure, as the graphics, storyline and characters is second to none for me. 

A piece of advice you want to give to the people who want to become gamers!

Passion is the most important driving force behind anything we do. However, sometimes it’s just not enough since you have to be skilled at that game as much as you’re passionate about it. I’d say when you decide to go pro at any e-sport, the most important thing to consider is its sustainability and how much it means to you in the long run. 

Being a casual gamer is great since you can explore different games and enjoy it but being a professional at one game is not as easy as it sounds. Since I had so much to consider myself when I decided to make this my profession, I’d suggest everyone to evaluate their potential and not take a hasty decision of choosing this as your work just because you think everybody is playing that game or your friends are doing better at it than you. You’ve got to keep going and do what you love, but at the same time be smart and constantly practice. 

A Lesson On The Importance Of Self-Belief By Srijan Mahajan

This is a three-part story on self belief, one that began when I was still in school. I started playing the keyboard when I was about eight or nine-years-old, and spent the next five-seven years learning everything I could about the instrument. Then, when I got to class 9, a few of my musician friends and I wanted to form a band. You see, the school I attended had an annual Founder’s Day (School Birthday in our school) and we had wanted to perform at it for as long as I could remember. The only problem? We were missing a drummer. 

Till one day I saw that the same school where I’d been learning the keys also organised drum classes. On an absolute whim, I decided to give it a shot so we could complete the band. “How hard could it be?” I thought to myself without realising  that was the first day of the rest of my life. You see, the minute I held the drum sticks in my hand, I had already begun a journey that would take me around the world, playing gigs with many bands, including Parikrama. Needless to say, I also performed at the Founder’s Day. 

Act II

In 2012, I began accepting music production offers but there was a catch: I had no clue how to produce music. A fellow musician and friend, Arsh Sharma would sit in a little corner in his parent’s house learning and he would teach me how to make music. It was here that we went on to record bands and also produce some of our own songs, together as Fuzzculture, with Arsh guiding me the whole way. A few months later, another friend of mine, Nikhil Malik told me that someone he knew was making a movie and needed music for it that he was going to have to produce. Again, on a whim, I pitched the idea of the three of us getting together to do it, instead. By some chance, Nikhil agreed and that right there was the beginning of Studio Fuzz. Together, we worked on the background score for a full-length feature film, MCream when we didn’t have the slightest clue how we’d get it done. What we did know was how to say ‘yes’. 

Third time lucky? 

In 2015, I got curious about making photographs, and decided to make 365 great photographs, one for every day of 2016. This challenge led to me shooting constantly, getting better at photography and, eventually, even getting offered professional photography assignments and a music video–all of which, yep you guessed it, I said ‘yes’ to.

Back to the present

A few days ago, on a particularly rainy and grey morning (the ones that are perfect for a little bit of regression or a pause, if you may), I realised that the one thing that was common between my best work, over a 15-year period,  was that I had no idea how to do it at the time that I decided to do it. In retrospect, learning on the job has contributed entirely to my evolution as both a person and an artist. If I hadn’t said yes to any of those projects, I wouldn’t have learnt to do any of the things I do every day, and my life would’ve looked very, very different. 

So, say yes! I’m sure you’ll figure it out (whatever ‘it’ is)  as you go along. 

 

Know Your Mentor : Gaurav Chintamani | Electronic Music Production

Want to know the man behind the music production capsule course at Project Mynt? SAE alumni, Gaurav Chintamani is the Course Director of the Audio Engineering and Music Production Programme at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC). Gaurav is also a professional musician and music producer who has been working in the industry for close to two decades.

Gaurav Chintamani owns Quarter Note Studios, one of the most reputed recording studios and music production houses in New Delhi, and has produced content for a variety of projects from radio and TV broadcast, independent documentaries, short films, ad-films, theatre productions and feature films. Gaurav is also a member of Advaita, one of India’s best-known music ensembles.

The most crucial skill for a music producer is…

To know the difference between taste and bias, and develop the ability to listen without the latter and take decisions based on the former.

The best piece of advice you have ever gotten

“Don’t mistake sloppiness for feel” and “If you don’t like it, how will you make other people like it?”

The biggest roadblock you encountered during your professional career, and how you overcame it      

I face the same insecurity as every other creative person where I wonder is this/am I good enough? The only way to overcome it is to practice! 

A good producer is…

Someone who can find emotion in a musical statement and squeeze out the mileage, while being completely invisible. Remember, people need to hear the song, not the production.

A mentor that dramatically changed your perspective on music and music production

Not really but I am fascinated by artists, and Van Gogh is my absolute favourite. I think I’ve figured out more about music production by looking at paintings than sitting in front of a computer screen. 

A word to the incoming batch of your music production capsule

Paraphrasing a Japanese proverb, “Don’t be afraid of moving slowly, be afraid of standing still.”

Learn how to produce your own music with Gaurav Chintamani at Project Mynt’s Music Production Capsule this August. Click here to know more

 

Honest Parent Confessions: What Mums and Dads Think of Project Mynt

After the completion of the first round of capsule courses in Filmmaking, Photography and Electronic Music Production, we asked our students’ parents what they thought of the Project Mynt way of learning. And, luckily, we came off looking pretty good! Don’t believe us? Check out this parent-review of the filmmaking course: 

Was there any reluctance before you decided to sign your child up for Project Mynt’s capsule? 

We want our child to explore avenues that help open up his mind and vision to the possibilities in life. The only concerns were regarding the faculty he might get, the sort of infrastructure that would be there, the distance from our home and the safety of our child.  

What is the biggest change you see in your child after the completion of the course? 

This was something he hadn’t done before and we see a rub-off effect in how he does sketching, his favourite hobby, now; he composes a story around what he draws and focuses more on the complete canvas, not just on the characters he’s drawing. 

Are you open to letting them explore unconventional careers as their full-time jobs? 

Why not? This is the best time to be young in India given the possibilities that exist. 

How do you believe that India’s education system needs to evolve so that it can truly benefit your child? 

Address each individual and not just the curriculum. I think the education also needs to be in sync with technology, which is not just about using IT in classes but how technology has changed the world. It’s not about knowing stuff anymore. Google can tell you that. It’s how you use that knowledge that matters. In addition, we ought to mainstream creativity and not just limit it to something they do one class a week or in free periods!

How likely are you to recommend Project Mynt to a friend?

Very likely.

Impressed by review and our report card? Check out www.projectmynt.com to find out more about our education philosophy and upcoming capsule courses. 

 

Is experiential learning the answer to India’s stunted education system?

Picture this – it’s a hot afternoon in April, school’s just started and you’ve got two back-to-back periods of trigonometry. There’s lots of formulas, no calculators, hefty textbooks, and no real direction. You soldier on, determined to make sense of the triangles on the board, before you realise that you’ve grown up, school’s out and you haven’t learnt anything that might actually help you excel in your chosen career. Sure, the foundation’s there – reading, writing, critical analyzing – but template-style education segregates interests into arts, commerce or science, focusses on exams and marks and culminates with a degree that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’re qualified to, for instance, write a song or start a company even though that’s where your heart is. Enter experiential learning, or learning by doing, that can at the very least supplement the more conventional methods. At its most advanced, however, it can disrupt the traditional education system completely.  But experiential learning can change this. 

And there’s no better time than right now to revisit or reimagine what a holistic education can give you. One of Project Mynt’s co-founders, Aayush Naran (engineer-turned-serial-entrepreneur) recalls, “While we were in schools, we were not allowed to use a calculator while dealing with complex arithmetic problems during exams. Using the internet in the school lab was banned, and if I used the internet to study, my parents would never believe that.” However, he points out that, everything changed when he got his first job. “My boss expected me to check Google before I asked him a question, and I was specifically asked “Don’t you own a phone” in a derogatory manner, when I was trying to solve those large number arithmetic problems in my head.” He finds this gap problematic–education was supposed to prepare one for what they were going to do in the future. 

Ways of assessment must also be overhauled, he believes. Narang says, “I was an engineering student and I used to earn more marks to learn computer programming codes and writing them on an answer script than to actually run that program on the computer. Moreover, I knew the code which was to be written but I never downloaded the software which was required to code.” 

So, is experiential learning the answer? 

Narang certainly believes it is. Corporates have started admitting the facts that a better experiential learning background and a self-learning attitude is the actual price-worthy skill, rather than just the degree that people hold in India. The ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius once said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” The idea that learning by doing is not new, only forgotten. However, at Project Mynt we believe that experiential learning is going to be the next big thing in the education space. Soon, it will be widely understood that experiential learning and creative thinking are the skills to chase, not just diplomas and degrees. 

This will also help combat the extra expenditure that corporates (and individuals) need to spend on upskilling themselves for a job. Needs and extra expenditure on upskilling is on a rise due to this lack. Currently, companies and mass recruiters incur huge costs on experiential training due to these lags in the way that India currently studies. You see, as job profiles continue to evolve, social media continues to create new jobs, hierarchies in companies continue to change and the world continues to become a smaller and smaller place, these lags will continue to be exposed. And, hopefully, understood. 

At Project Mynt, we’re placing all bets on the rise of experiential learning – come check out our capsule courses in Filmmaking, Photography, Music Production, Entrepreneurship and more to see how it can transform your education experience. 

 

What Can Project Mynt’s Entrepreneurship Capsule Teach You ?

At Project Mynt, one of the things we’re focused on is empowering a new generation of job creators, or aspiring entrepreneurs. And the need for job creation is being felt all over the world. Currently, there’s a huge gap between the supply and demand of jobs in most countries, including India. While the government is doing its best, the race between creating jobs and the population seems one-sided at the moment. Hence, we at Project MyNT,  have curated a entrepreneurship capsule course, that will help you pitch your big idea. But we must go over some essential stats first. Read on…

As per the leaked report of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) periodic labour force survey (PLFS) of 2017-18 showed that unemployment rate has risen to a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent. The 2018 International Labour Organization (ILO) report, World Employment and Social Outlook Trends, shows that the number of the unemployed is set to rise from 18.3 million in 2017 to 18.9 million by 2019.

Other findings, India Today reports, include the fact that the workforce has shrunk by 47 million during the period and that labour force participation rate (LFPR) has come down from 55.9% to 49.5% which, essentially means that more than half the working-age people (15-60 years) are out of the job market because there are no jobs. So we decided to step up to show the youth of our country that they can also create jobs, instead of just finding one, by conceptualising a holistic entrepreneurship capsule course. 

 We also believe that starting a company is a taxing journey for its founder(s) – if not financially, at least mentally. It only seems fair then that, while we establish the need for entrepreneurship, we also give these future start-up founders a sense of what they’re signing up for before they take the plunge. Our capsule does just that. 

What in the curriculum? 

Structured over six weeks, the curriculum of this capsule course is disseminated to a group of people that are passionate about solving problems. We want them to know that solving problems can help create a purpose in their life, or that it has been the purpose of their life all along, and satisfy their expectations of what it means to have a job or of the real world. 

This group is taken through the current scenario of their surroundings and asked to choose a problem that they wish they could solve. Then they are encouraged to think of a productized way of solving it. Project Mynt challenges their mindset to be creative rather than flow with what everyone in the startup community has been hearing nowadays. 

Next on the syllabus is understanding the key concepts like market and competition, followed by drafting a business model and studying the financial viability of their solution. 

Lastly, Project Mynt facilitates a real-world experience by inviting actual successful entrepreneurs and investors to listen to their startup pitch. 

By the end of it, we guarantee that you’ll know whether full-time entrepreneurship is your cup of tea as well as how to turn your idea into a living, breathing and thriving start-up company that can generate both employment and change. 

If this excites you, check out all the details about this course on Project Mynt here

 

How To Transition From College To Work Life

Congratulations! You’re about to make a big transition, from college to work life. You’re about to enter the real world. A new chapter of your life is about to begin. This is also the beginning of endless advice from your friends and family, anecdotes about working a full-time job and tips on surviving 9-5 life. Of course, people tell you this because they care about you and think they can help you make wiser choices based on what they’ve learnt so far. They’re not wrong, but it isn’t necessary that what worked for them will work for you. 

However, we’ve sifted through all this information to curate a list of tried-and-tested ways that will make the shift from college to work a little bit smoother. Here they are: 

Building a routine will help you in the long run

Your parents already told you this when you were a kid, but it’s more than just sleeping and waking up on time. Building a routine is also about creating a work-life balance from the beginning. Many freshers have a tendency to exhaust themselves, work long days, and stay out all night. This isn’t the wisest regime. Remember, you’re going to be working for the rest of your years, so don’t trap yourself in a trend that makes you start hating your work. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Work towards creating an equilibrium. 

Making mistakes is okay

My first internship was in the content department of a social media agency, back when blogging and social media were just taking off. This is where I got my first and most crucial lesson of working in the real world: the person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything. I fumbled and faltered every day of the first week and went back feeling a little more disappointed and demotivated than the previous day. On the 8th day, one of my superiors asked how my experience had been so far. When I told him exactly how I felt, he laughed, patted me on the shoulder and said, “If you’re that worried and not enjoying this right now, what are you going to do when you start doing this full time?” That got me. He was right. I had been so focused on my mistakes that I stopped looking for solutions. After that day, I made sure to make mistakes, learn from them, and move on. 

Networking can do wonders if you start now

Network, socialize, mingle, favour the friendly—do it all. Meet and make connections in your industry with as many people as possible. Time will change way you communicate with them, it can’t change how you bond with people. 

Relearn how you learn new things 

Absorb more, read more, learn more but unlearn the way you used to be taught. Don’t let fear of failure or being reprimanded guide your performance. Learn things your own way. Apply them wherever possible. Build on them whenever you get the chance. The idea is to be your own best critic. 

There are no right answers to wrong questions

It’s not about having the right answers or obsessing over the results you want. It’s all about the quality of your questions. Your priorities, your ambitions and passion, your aspirations, all of them are thoughts, so focus on building a thought-process, the overall development of your skill and mind. There’s a lifetime of opportunities for you to earn fame, glory, and riches but, for now, the wisest thing you can do is start asking yourself the questions that’ll matter to you even 20 years down the line. 

Got any tips of your own that you’d like to share with the rest of us? Drop a comment below. 

 

Keke, do you still love me?

“In My Feelings” by Drake was a worldwide hit. Chances are you haven’t heard the name Benjamin Workman before, but does TrapMoneyBenny sound familiar? Yep, the same TrapMoneyBenny from the first few lines of the quintessential summer anthem ‘In My Feelings’ by Drake. TrapMoneyBenny a.k.a. Benjamin Workman is a music producer who has worked on some amazing tracks over the last decade, but who only came into the spotlight last year with “In my feelings”.

Patience and perseverance–these are two virtues that TrapMoneyBenny, and most other music producers, know only too well. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Benny started making music as a hobby in high school, teaching himself how to produce along with a few of his singer and rapper friends. After graduating high school, the aspiring producer moved to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time career in music. He signed up with the singer-songwriter collective, 1500 or Nothin’ and honed his production chops for five long years. Then in 2013, a member from Drake’s production team reached out to him to solicit some beats. He sent some material he had been working on, and felt like the big time was coming. However, despite that promising connection, nothing happened with Drake and TrapMoneyBenny continued producing music, for artists like Key! and Chief Keef. 

In the summer of 2018, Benny decided to follow-up with Drake’s production team on a whim. He wrote them an email which they replied to (much to Benny’s surprise) asking for some beats. Next, they sent a specific request for the stems of one particular beat, sending him back to work. “In My Feelings” was released as the fifth single from Drake’s fifth studio album, “Scorpion” in July of the same year, and it broke the record for most streams in a single week with a whopping 116.2 million plays. The big time had officially arrived for TrapMoneyBenny, but it was after a long and arduous struggle that had spanned over ten years.   

The moral here is two-fold. Firstly, never get discouraged by rejection and don’t let it burn bridges. In 2013, Benny could have easily severed ties with the production team when they didn’t get back to him (we know how sensitive creatives are). Instead he kept pushing and, five years later, he hit the jackpot. The second, and perhaps most important, lesson is that when you have nothing to lose, always go for it. The worst outcome in Benny’s situation was another unanswered email, but the best outcome is the timeline we’re currently sitting on. If someone has set you down, don’t spam them with emails but remember that (sometimes) a hopeful shot in the dark can be the luckiest. 

Want to write the next ‘In My Feelings’? Check out our Music Production capsule at https://projectmynt.com/course-music-production

Understanding Alternative Education & It’s Scope In India

We often forget the tedium of homework, rambling of teachers and red stamps on report cards, in a heady haze of nostalgia, when we think about our school years. However, once you remove those rose-tinted glasses, chances are that uncomfortable questions with respect to the educational system might come up—where it was alright to spend hours thinking about the periodic table but spend little to no time on essay writing. There is no doubt that whenever we talk about education in India, everyone starts complaining about how bureaucratic the system is. However, the upcoming generation of urban parents are evidently evolving and making an effort by enrolling their kids at ‘Alternative Education Academies’ that aim at providing a different environment of learning for students, depending on their capabilities and interests.

Also read: 5 habits that will assure your child’s financial success in future

Many Indian religious and philosophical leaders, like Swami Vivekananda, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Maharishi Yogananda, Satya Sai Baba, have set up schools across the nation that follow alternative ways of teaching.  As we all know, the Right to Education Act has made education compulsory for all children below the age of 14, but our systems haven’t changed much beyond that.

Parents believe that alternative education is complementary to their child’s personality. Jiddu Krishnamurti, a philosopher believes, “Education is not just to pass examinations, take a degree, get a job, get married and settle down, but also to be able to listen to the birds, to see the sky, to see the extraordinary beauty of a tree, and the shape of the hills, and to feel with them, to be really, directly in touch with them.”

As per the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), the only yearly annual source of data on kids’ learning results accessible in rustic India, only 25.1% of the understudies enlisted in standard III can read standard II level content and only 47.8% of the understudies selected in standard V can read standard II level content. The latest report concluded, “Many parents of school-going children do not have any or much education. They understand the importance of schooling but often do not understand how they can support children’s learning. Hence, there is a need to de-mystify learning to involve parents.”

Given that alternative schools have smaller class sizes, children get a lot more individual attention and are free to progress at their own pace. This is made possible because the educationists at such spaces don’t expect all children in a class to be at the same level at the same time; the belief instead is that each child is unique.   

Another aspect of alternative philosophy is that most educators appreciate that the future is largely unknown and that the best we can do is to ensure children can adapt, learn, un-learn and re-learn skills that will help them navigate an ever-changing world. The future can never be ‘mastered’ by getting high grades, as most children are led to believe. It can only be ‘lived’, and therefore mindset is probably more important than anything else in navigating an unpredictable future.

And the facts back this up; students in alternative schools end up doing better than the ones in regular schools.  Most alternative schools don’t follow prescribed textbooks except for language study and mathematics. Teachers are always encouraged to create their own learning material, sometimes involving children too; letting the child understand the process of learning is part of the overall educational process.

The belief is that adhering to textbooks could promote rote learning which is not encouraged; instead teachers find creative ways to make learning more fun and a lot more effective.

These are a list of alternative schools you can read about which are revolutionising the education space:

  • Mirambika Free Progress School
  • Aarambh Waldorf School
  • The Hypnotherapy School of India
  • Edha Education Foundation
  • Manava Bharti International School
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication

And this list is growing—a hopeful sign that alternative education is more widely accepted today than ever before. We at MyNT share the same ideas and beliefs; check out our website if you want to learn more about giving your child a fulfilling and immersive learning experience.

No Bullshit Advice For Making Your First Short Film

Making a short film is the perfect way for amateur filmmakers to test the waters and get a feel for the craft before they begin the more daunting task of creating a full-length feature. Not just that, short films can actually be more challenging to make; after all, each one is a capsule of emotions, narration, characters, and subtext that (in an ideal world) convey a complex thought in a limited period of time. Hence, by first turning your focus to a short film, you can really fine-tune your skills and build confidence. 

So what should you remember before you embark on this soul-satisfying, if sometimes difficult, journey? Here are five things that will help you save time, money and effort while still making a professional-looking short film: 

 

  • What’s the point?

 

The layman thinking is that all trending topics or news that’s translated into a film becomes worthy of being submitted to film festivals by default. That’s not true. Yes, there are plenty of them which get through, but there are even more that never see the light of day. The subject doesn’t always have to be about what’s digestible or entertaining for society; your narrative can be about anything as long as it inspires or intrigues. The thing to keep in mind here is that before you flesh out your concept, make it as emphatic as you can for yourself. What is the purpose of what you’re making? What is the end thought or emotion that you want to leave your audience with? Once you can clearly articulate the answers to these questions, you’re ready to take things to the next level.  

 

  • Production can wait

 

If a two-hour film is a novel, a short film is a poem—the key to remember is that a poem has fewer words that convey more meaning. So read the script of your short film again and again, and make it so crisp that every scene, every word and every pause is crucial to the development of the story. After all, you can’t afford to spend hours on shots that won’t even make it to post-production. 

 

  • Choose your team wisely

 

Many first-timers build a team of professionals in the hope that their experience will be an asset. It’s important to remember that that’s not always true. The idea of the film is yours, the creativity and improvisation that you bring to the table are yours, and so is the accountability. The amount of time that members of your team have spent on set is irrelevant; instead, choose to work with people who are as enthusiastic about your vision as you are. 

 

  • Keep your friends close; your AD and cinematographer closer

 

I cannot emphasise this enough: it is crucial that you work extremely closely with your assistant director and cinematographer. Create a schedule with them ahead of the production, and list down every scene, actor, prop, break and hour. Things will not always be as per schedule but creating these logs and lists will mean that two other people, apart from you, know what’s supposed to be happening on set. They will have your back.  

 

  • Never compromise

 

You started this with an idea and sheer enthusiasm. The thought of you wanting to express something through this effort is in itself an achievement. Now you owe it to yourself to bring it to fruition. There will be times when you don’t have the resources to shoot a scene the way you imagined it but let this inspire you. Do what you have to do so that you don’t compromise on your vision; find solutions instead of letting problems weigh you down. 

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Ideas To Start-Up!

A few years into a regular job and everyone aspires to create something of their own; to have their own start-up. It could be a business, chain of retail outlets, smart product or pioneering invention. And while some never act on this impulse, others start off on this pursuit while they’re very young. If you belong to the latter, know this: the feeling of owning a company that you have built from the ground-up is glorious. But before you quit your day job (or even classroom education), make sure you’re aware of what lies ahead on this path. 

Here’s what you should do if you want to turn your million-dollar idea into a successful start-up: 

Search and Test The Market 

This is all about understanding why your product or start-up is even needed in the first place. Our own ideas can never be flawed in our own eyes. It’s hard to be objective towards a product of your own imagination. So, do the work. Find out if there are other people doing the same thing. Yes? Then find out where they are doing it, how well they are doing it, are people buying it and what they could be doing better. After this, you need to create a proof of concept – a market test to gauge consumer response. After validating your idea, secure it via IPs or patents. 

Always Have a Plan B

Now, you’ve tested the waters and know there’s a market for what you have to offer. So what’s next? Chart out a practical business plan for the next five years that highlights what your numbers will be in the future. Right from the capital that you burn to produce the product, expenses of a growing workforce and miscellaneous costs, put down everything.  

Here’s how you can make one for yourself. 

Build a Brand

More than the product or service, people buy your vision for your start-up. There’s a reason why hundreds of companies across the globe sell coffee, a product that (for the most part) is the same. Compare a Café Coffee Day with Starbucks, and see which one you prefer and why. Consumers have different preferences and spending patterns that different companies can leverage to their advantage.

Your brand is your identity, the reason why people come to you in the first place. So tell your story in an engaging, visual and witty manner so they subscribe to it. While you do that, understand that the first few members of your team will be the heart and soul of your brand so hire these people wisely.  

Remember, an amazing brand identity will be your greatest source of free marketing. 

Make Your Product Go Viral

Lucky for you, it doesn’t take that long to find out whether people love your product. The world of offline marketing has been washed away by digital media. Take up social platforms, create a compelling online identity for your brand and start promoting. Once you have some consumer data, analyse what works and what doesn’t—timings, gender, age group and so on. All of this is crucial to help you optimise your sales. 

After you’ve attained a smooth inflow of income and outflow of your product, it’s safe to assume that you’ve built a solid foundation for your company. Now it deserves all your time and attention; make it fly. 

If you have any queries regarding your own start-up brand, then just leave a comment below. It could even just be your idea. I’d love to hear you out and help you as much as I can!

Want to know more about entrepreneurship and start-ups in our country? Read why do early entrepreneurs have a better chance at success in India! 

What Makes A Great Film?

Filmmaking is an amalgam of people, processes, and perspectives, and a medium that can entertain, inform, inspire and, sometimes, do all three. Since 1895 when the Lumiere brothers made the first ever moving picture, the art of filmmaking has evolved phenomenally (in no small part) because of filmmakers that have pushed the boundaries of story-telling, removing themselves from preconceived notions or ideas, to create something that is transcendental, relevant and, most importantly, thought-provoking. Automatically, certain films and filmmakers come to mind—from the works of Satyajit Ray to Quentin Tarantino, there are universally-accepted ‘great movies’ that find themselves on lists like ’50 Movies to Watch Before You Die’. 

But what makes a truly great film? What are the important aspects of filmmaking?  Is it the script? Well-developed characters? Cinematography? In fact, it is the combination of all these things—a tight script, a director with a vision, careful casting, lighting, sound and so on—that delivers a significant, unforgettable sensory experience, one that could even last a lifetime. 

The Script

The sub-parts of a good script are a compelling plot line, a seamless weaving together of places and situations, effective dialogue, the conflict (or unending dilemma that draws you in to a make-believe world) and the final climax. Together, these components can either empower the director or hinder his/her vision. 

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The Acting

The craft of tantalising a viewer’s heart and mind at the same time is called acting. This is an essential aspect of filmmaking. From the greatest depression to boundless happiness, a good actor can convincingly convey every emotion and, in a way, carry the film. The minute the illusion breaks, the viewer is jerked back to real-life. 

The Visuals

Filmmaking is the greatest exploration of one’s imagination, and films are an audio-visual manifestation of it. So, it follows that, irrespective of genre, visuals are the backbone of any film that is worthy of being admired. Camera work, lighting, props, costumes—all these pieces come together to fuel the director’s narrative and create magic. 

The Sound

Think of your favourite film. It is possible that one of the many reasons you love it is the soundtrack, or the background score—even if you don’t immediately know it. The power of sound to transport audiences smack in the middle of the scene is incredible. The necessary complement to visuals, audio can dramatically enhance your movie-viewing experience. 

The Timing

Timing is everything for the craft of filmmaking. Timing is what makes a joke funny, an ordinary situation scary, or a moment intense. It brings structure to the plot, order to the events, and defines the pace at which the movie continues along. 

The Direction

Hundreds of people come together and work for months on end, to turn one person’s vision into reality. While this doesn’t make him or her the most important person on set, it certainly makes the director the controller of the film. The director guides the process and sets the tone for his or her entire crew. The playmaker, a good director harnesses the work of everyone involved in the making of a film and seals it off with his or her distinct stamp. If you think about it, certain styles of filmmaking will stand out and appeal to you more than others, and you will invariably tend to gravitate towards those movies. This is the director’s greatest success.  

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All The Technological Advancements That Are Making The World ‘Smarter’

What is Internet of Things and why is everyone talking about it?

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace, and technology has become an integral part of our lives over the last few decades. There are a plethora of devices that we use to make our everyday tasks easier including our smartphones, smartwatches, Bluetooth trackers, smart door locks, and these have impacted our lives so much that we can’t really imagine our lives to be same without them. And this is only the beginning; trends suggest that technology will become an even greater part of our lives in the coming years. 

Internet of Things (IoT)

Imagine this: the alarm clock on your side table rings at 6 AM and alerts your water heater to start heating water. Once you finish your bath, the geyser sends a signal to your coffee maker to start brewing coffee which you sip on, on your way to work. Sounds like the future? Actually, all of this is possible in the present because of the Internet of Things. IoT is a concept which can enable connectivity between all the physical devices, through the internet, making them even more convenient for you to use. The device is no longer related to just the user, but it’s now connected to surrounding devices and database itself. In a nutshell, Internet Of Things is going to revolutionize the way we interact with technology and will essentially change the way we operate in our everyday lives.

Also read: These entrepreneurs did a little extra in their lives. Time to take some lessons!

What is the scope of Internet Of Things?

In India, IoT may still take years to flourish but it is definitely booming among customers and industries worldwide. IoT is impacting many industries including healthcare, farming, telecom, retail, transportation worldwide. However, in India, it will have several other uses based on the country’s demographics and cultural set-up. The kind of technology that IoT supports can impact our surroundings in many ways apart from providing affordable wireless technology where data is transmitted into the cloud at a component level and is slowly shaping up to be the next big thing in the technology industry. Be it across society or inside the home, the IoT is a revolution that guarantees to change people’s lives, forever. 

Role of Internet Of Things in Industries

So, it’s clear that the Internet of Things has a lot of potential and scope in the future. It’s a platform which can help organizations reduce cost by improving efficiency, productivity, and asset utilization. Let’s see how IoT is helping some of the industries:

Healthcare:

IoT has the potential to bring about a revolution in the process of treatment and diagnosis of diseases. Embedding medical equipment with IoT devices will help in monitoring patients more effectively, which will lead to improved patient quality of life. Personal fitness and wellness trackers are already gaining popularity and this real-time monitoring gives data which can provide a holistic view of a patient’s medical history and their current health, as well as identifying trends that may need medical support.

Automobiles:

Connected smart cars have the ability to sense, analyze and make decisions based on information gathered from the surroundings. Through real-time traffic updates, these cars can optimise traffic routes, avoid accidents and maintain a level of safety that was previously very tough to achieve. Driverless cars and other automobiles are going to rule the future and soon enough we might see them on our roads.

Agriculture:

The agriculture industry is embracing Internet Of Things in a big way. Applications that are significantly helping the industry include smart sensors to remotely monitor and control pumps and equipment, chemical levels, air quality, and soil quality. Farmers are now able to collect relevant data about their crops which can be analyzed to sense the best times to plant crops and how to optimize their yield.

Manufacturing:

Internet Of Things with the manufacturing industry is another a win-win partnership. Manufacturers across most areas including automotive and electronics have invested in smart sensors and machine learning to make in-line adjustments to the process. Many manufacturers have already started using IoT solutions to track assets in their factories, consolidating their control rooms and increasing their analytics functionality through the installation of predictive maintenance systems.

The ideas discussed here barely skim the surface of the deep sea of possibilities of Internet Of Things , where everyone has a shared vision of making this world ‘smart’.

Is this something that has left you curious to know more, learn more and experience in practical? If your answer is yes, then enroll for the Internet of Things capsule at MyNT today and explore this vast concept with some like-minded people.

Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Producing Music

“The devil’s in the details, and little things matter the most.” I produced my first original track when I was a teenager, and I wish someone had told me this! I started learning how to produce music independently, learning everything I could, from what I had. And, while I certainly believe that hands-on experience is one of the best teachers out there, I now know the value of practical advice and mentorship from those who’ve already been there, done that. It saves time.  If you’re in the same place that I was almost a decade ago, here’s what I believe are helpful tips and suggestions to guide you through the process of recording your first ever song. While there’s no norm to making music—given the digital boom, musicians can be as audacious and as experimental as they like—it’s always helpful to have a solid foundation. These music production tips will help you build exactly that; read on! 

Develop the song’s identity

Just as verses make up the lyrics of the song, loops in the music become the signature tone or the identity of the track. This means that the repetition of that loop is important, but minimalism is just as crucial. Attain equilibrium. It’s easy to get swayed by a sweet, sweet tone but you must remember not to take away from other elements of the music and, by extension, destroying the memorability of the song. 

Songwriting

With regard to vocables, I believe that they can be used minimally and still convey powerful emotions so long as the fixed attributes are solid. These are the melody, rhythm, and the harmony that’s backed by a clean yet potent start, middle and end. 

Don’t be Sir Mix-a-lot

Mixing—the most exciting stage of music production for some needs a word of caution, here. Don’t get carried away. Often, this excitement makes even the best artists focus too much on using all the instruments to develop the sound they’ve been dying for. While that’s certainly important, there’s a few other things to watch out for, like ensuring clean audibility of each instrument and maintaining the frequency of sound in prerecorded gaps.  

Edit your editing 

Don’t depend on digital editing; tools like modulation are not necessities. Instead, think of them as options to inspire creativity, should you need to use them. Here are a few rules I follow: Don’t edit while you record or write. Don’t overdo it—if something sounds goods, let it remain untouched. Don’t chop recklessly so that editing, which was supposed to make everything come together, has left your song drained of vitality, a mere tune with no life. 

However, my most important tip is this: trust your gut and keep at it. Making music is part technical prowess and part intuition; don’t let a quest for the former overpower the latter. If you’re not happy with the way your song sounds, record it again. And again, if you need to. Trust yourself to know where you need to go all out, and where you should be holding back. If you get stuck in the middle, start again. Do this till you’re happy with it; you’ll know when you are.  

Got any other music production tips that have helped you so far? Share them with us in the comments below! 

Valuable lessons India can learn from Finland’s education system

In a bid to make school syllabus more relevant for younger generations, the Department of Education has rejigged India’s education system by revising many key policies over the last decade. For instance, in 2016, the Ministry of Human Resource Development rectified a mandatory provision of the Right to Education Act from automatic promotion of all students till grade 8, to performance-based promotion. This means that it is mandatory for all students between class 5 and 8 to pass their exams in order to be promoted to the next grade.

In addition, the Delhi government introduced a new‘happiness curriculum’in almost 1,000 state-run schools. Introduced in 2018, this curriculum which includes meditation, value education and mental exercise is to be taught to all children between nursery and class 8. In the same year, it also allocated 26% of its annual budget to education—much higher than cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.

While these changes are significant, there’s still a long way to go before we can boast of a truly holistic and experience-first education system. Not unlike Finland’s.

What makes Finland so special?

The country’s progressive education system first made waves in 2001, when Finnish students ranked amongst the top five spots in the Program for International Student Assessment—a very prestigious international assessment of students. In this assessment, it was found that Finnish students had vastly superior reading, math and science literacy. As Finnish students started scoring better and better every year, educators, leaders and policy-makers began to study the country and its remarkably effective education system.

It was found that the transformation of the Finns’ education system began around 40 years ago as the key propellant of the country’s economic recovery plan. By the end of the ’60s, a new legislation and curriculum were created by merging academic grammar schools and work-oriented civic schools into a 9-year comprehensive school. These 9 years include 6 years of basic education and 3 years of lower secondary education. Other significant tenets of their system include:

  • Formal education begins at the age of 7; before that, children are encouraged to learn through play and movement.
  • The curriculum includes unusual subjects like ‘joy’ and ‘play’. Every Finnish school has a specially appointed welfare team to ensure every child’s happiness.
  • Education in Finland is considered a fundamental right; to ensure equal opportunities for all, no tuition fees are charged in Finnish schools. There are only a handful of private schools but even they are financed publicly, and cannot charge a tuition fee.
  • Fifteen minutes’ break time is scheduled into every class; students spend this break playing, while teachers can take a quick breather, or address specific concerns or special projects.
  • Finland doesn’t have a standardized assessment system, which allows teachers the freedom to structure their lessons their way, and evaluate the progress of their students using individual metrics.

 

As the famous saying goes, change is the only constant and it’s high time that we make an alteration in our education system to benefit coming generations for a more efficient and aware career path. Want to change your learning habits? Visit www.projectmynt.com today!

 

Also read: How experiential learning is the way forward in India?

 

Six things every teenager can do to build a successful career

The earlier you start, the better

School’s out and everyone’s asking you what’s next, but it’s completely okay to not know just yet. Allow yourself the opportunity to find what you truly love—the journey is half the fun! In the age of social media and the Internet, you can deep dive into all the available information to see what works for you. From knowledge of up-and-coming careers to success stories that inspire, it’s all just a click away. However, it’s important to ensure this access doesn’t breed insecurities about your own future. Instead, sift through all the material in an organised manner, and start planning your journey methodically.

Here are six things to remember that will help you along the path to a successful and fulfilling career:

  1. Use time to your advantage: Don’t let a ticking clock stress you out. If you’re thinking about your career and are evaluating different avenues, you already have a head start. Instead, capitalize on this advantage by focusing your energies on growing your mind.
  2. Make the most of what you have: Use the tools at your disposal, like books, videos or podcasts, to expand your knowledge base. Rather than worrying about what you don’t have, turn your attention to what you do.
  3. Prioritize: The goal, as tempting as it may be, should not be to make money or become famous. Those are by-products of being good at something, and working hard at it—day in and day out. Find what you love, follow your passion, and strive for excellency; the rest will follow.
  4. Don’t stop exploring: The more you learn, the more you’re going to understand yourself as an individual, and the easier it will be to zero in on your calling.
  5. If you know, you know: Once you have a sense of where your interest lies, get moving! Identify the resources that you can tap into to start specializing. Remember, being 60% certain is good enough; there’s nothing like 100% clarity and trying to achieve that is a waste of time.
  6. Hands-on experience is invaluable: By taking up internships and trainee assignments, you will get a clearer sense of what a career in your field looks like. Instead of procrastinating and getting caught up in the theory of things, jump in the deep end and start working. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn, just by showing up to work.

 

Also read: Is Alternative Education your ‘Next Thing’?

How Project MyNT intends to bring about a change in the career building ecosystem of India?

In this day and age – Education is not a want, it’s a need. The future of India, highly depends on this need. Just as a background, there are about 1M+ jobs being wiped out every year due to technology advancements and multiple million people are becoming victims of non-satisfying jobs due to their rate race of meeting opportunity costs or living costs. It’s high time we realize that until we don’t align our interests and passions to the career decisions we make – we’re in danger of being unemployed or deteriorating our mental health.

Education in india

Project Mynt is India’s First Experiential Learning Platform that is trying to address this problem head-on. We target students and young professionals early on in their journeys to get the right amount of exposure to help them target industries that align with their interests and passions. We do this by delivering specially curated capsule courses that help them get a real life experience of an industry that they’re inclined towards. We pick and choose specific fields that have rapid growth today and are going to be the careers of tomorrow.  

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After students complete their chosen capsule, they get the industry domain knowledge about further education or employment options in the same field. We complete the entire loop to help the student decipher his/her interest and make wiser decisions for their futures.

How are we able to do this? At Project Mynt, we’ve carefully chosen and selected industry leaders and veterans who have not only built and stamped the authenticity of these capsules but also joined hands as faculty for the same. Our next batch of capsules are scheduled to run in the summer vacations for students in Delhi/NCR wherein we’re looking forward to high levels of engagement and energy towards shaping their future.

The summer capsules will happen in a condensed time frame keeping in mind the availability of school students. The first batch starts on 24th May 2019 and lasts for about a week. We’ve enrolled students and have close to 100 seats left, for those who are travelling – we have a similar batch scheduled to happen in the last week of June 2019.

To apply for being a part of the capsule please click here or mail us on inquiry@projectmynt.com

 

Success is a journey, not a destination. Don’t chase it, experience it.

Often in our lives, we get ourselves into the rat race of achieving things which have a very high perceived value in our mind. Even after we reach these goals, we don’t have much to celebrate, rather we create more such goals to chase in the future. These goals can be something as basic as convincing your parents to buy you a new phone, or to score big in your boards examination. Here is what you really need to understand in order to get a real shot at shaping your future – It’s the journey of achieving something that you enjoy, than actually reaching there. The fact that you enjoy the journey so much, it’s almost inevitable for you to achieve that goal. We’ve all said the phrase, ‘Nothing comes easy’, well, it’s true. So give this a thought, you actually create a goal in your mind, so that you can take this journey, you enjoy it to the full, you see success and it all ends at the finish line while you achieve it. Almost instantly, your brain wants another race, another experience which you’ll love, another mistake you’ll commit and another glimpse of success.

Also read: These entrepreneurs did a little extra in their lives. Time to take some lessons!

How does it feel if you get up one day, and the entire day you don’t knock off something that you wanted to? Well, say you wanted to start preparing for an upcoming exam, or maybe you wanted to hit the gym or anything that you really really wanted that day. It feels like you’ve had the worst day possible, more so, you’ve lost a bit of your self-confidence, and a bit of your conviction has lessened. Factually, it’s the journey and the time you’ve lost today that makes you frustrated.

Here is a little something you can do every single day, or probably more days of the week than not, to get you to be in control of the things that matter –

  • Value your time. Know what’s important and just go at it, the feeling you get while you do the right thing is the biggest drug of all times
  • Be confident and happy. It’s how you feel that matters, rest everything is manageable. Happiness is the chase of life, nothing else, nothing more. Another thought, control drives happiness, even if something goes wrong and you know that you have control over it, that you can fix it. Keeps you confident and keeps you going.
  • Take one day at a time. Your brain is designed to make you feel lazy, it resists change. Overcome it. Don’t create a string of events that keeps you away from the journey.
  • Do something for each of the journeys you pursue. It can be a list of things, like a checklist. Health, happiness, wealth, learning and so on. Make sure you evolve on your checklist a little everyday. I can’t stress enough how important this is, you want to look back every now and then and cherish life.
  • Act. Don’t assume. Don’t assume an alternative as a journey, make sure you do what you know. If you haven’t till now, this second is the best moment. I would love it if you shut this read right now, and go at it.
  • Love yourself. Life loves you, really loves you. But if you create a wall of hatred between you and life, it can’t get you the goodies it has to offer.

At Project Mynt, we stand with you for the times when you confuse your journeys that you may/may not want. We curate journeys’/experiences worth a few weeks to get you a glimpse of things you might love as constant in your life. Experience them if you’ve given them a thought.

Send me an email at aayush@projectmynt.com if you want to discuss anything. You may get a delayed response as I’m taking my own journeys at most times, but you’re definitely one of them and will definitely get a response.

All the best!  

 

What does it take to compose your own music today?

Does your body respond to the rhythm of a song? Do you zone out into a different world when you listen to music? Wouldn’t you want to become the next AR Rahman or the next Ed Sheeran of the industry? Well, if you cannot imagine your life without music and getting into this super competent industry is your one & only dream, then you should read this! The journey of becoming a successful music composer can be challenging, but not as hard as you think. All you need is – an utmost passion for music, some sense of playing or composing music, and enough confidence to share your work. Thanks to technology, we’ve got numerous tools and platforms to listen, get inspired, build networks, and make our own music.

Also read: Are you a teenager in India who loves electronic music? Read this!

Here are a few tips that’ll come in handy for all the aspiring music composers to ace their dream:

1. Be Inspired and Inspire

Start from scratch – take lessons from experts, pick up your favourite instrument, get your pen and paper and kick-start your musical journey. There are two kinds of people in this world, people who learn from their own experiences and people who learn from other people’s experiences. So, one can either start working on himself or can get to know about other legends in the industry and learn from their mistakes.

Trust your instincts, gain knowledge in your genre of music, and look up to your idols who inspire you to be brilliant at your craft. Write your own lyrics and record your songs – the more, the better. You might detest your work first but that’s how everyone starts, right?

2. Know your strengths and weaknesses

For any musician, it’s important to learn the basics of music but to know what he/she is best at is more important. It can be singing, playing musical instruments, writing lyrics of songs or even having a sense of composing music. You don’t necessarily need any degree or certification but music training is something you should definitely look forward to. Experiential learning and training in your kind of music will just make your journey simpler.

If stage presence is your weakness, then try working on it by performing in front of your friends and family or at school/college, make videos and upload them on YouTube. Look up for guidance from music professionals who can help you set realistic goals and make you aware of the actual scene since grass always seems to be greener on the other side!

3. Say hello to music tools & technology!

99% of the music we hear today is from the digital realm. In today’s time, one does not need to know how to play an instrument to actually make music. One can simply produce music with the use of a laptop and a pair of headphones. Technology has come up with various DAW or Digital Audio Workstations by which anyone who has a sense of music, can compose music. Sadly, bands today do not need instrumentalists to perform a song. They can simply create anything by using these DAWs which already have different sounds in them. The most popular feature ‘auto-tune’ can’t be missed here! Even if you’re not confident about your voice quality but have a ‘music sense’, then you can take things forward with ease

Thus, with so many tools to make music with ease the market, it’s hard to avoid the itch of learning the music production process. Digital enhancements and progressive tools are now in demand more than ever. It’s time you start leveraging these for who knows, you might end up creating sounds similar to your favourite music producers! Some free online tools to kick-start your creativity include Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Ambient-mixer, Audacity, Beat Maker, Chrome Music Lab, etc.

4. Practice makes a man perfect.

Create your own band, join a society, or collaborate with others. Participate in gigs to boost up your confidence and test your songs out live and see how your audience reacts to it. By performing on-stage, you’ll be able to gain experience and learn a lot more from reality checks. It’ll also help in boosting up your confidence.

5. Unleash the power of the digital world.

Using the power of the Internet can be a game changer for you! Create your account on music apps like SoundCloud or upload your work on social media accounts to amplify your compositions via real-world feedback from your peers. This will definitely help you build networks, connect with influential people, and establish new relationships. Connections might work wonders for you never know when your audio/video goes viral on online media! So, keep streaming and sharing.

6. A positive attitude will lead you to your goal.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller

Your music is a reflection of your innate thoughts and creativity! Keep faith in your skills, work hard at improvising them, and stay focused. Just be optimistic because no one wakes up putting their famous pants on. If you’re confident about it, the world will follow! Don’t be afraid of rejections because nothing in the music industry happens overnight.

MyNT and Music – Combining the two elements together

Project MyNT gives you an opportunity to create your very own music on industry standard software under the supervision of some of the most renowned artists hailing from the core music industry, who mentor students with a direct emphasis on immersive learning experiences.

Talking about the curriculum, students will get to learn – how to make music in the digital realm, the basics of music theory, how to build a song from scratch, recording and production techniques, creative mixing, and much more!

If you need help structuring your songs or want to know-it-all about notes, strains, tones, chords, and sound, then we are here to help you. Good luck!