Meet the Supes: Q&A with Amanda Krieg Thomas
What’s the #1 song you’re dying to sync in a piece of media (a film, TV show, video game or ad / trailer), and where would you like to use it?
This is such a hard question to answer because for me it totally depends on the scene. “Weathered” by Jack Garratt is probably my favourite song of the year thus far. It would also be amazing to find the right home for anything by San Fermin or Kishi Bashi. My young self would be stoked to use “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by N SYNC, or “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits.
What’s your favourite sync moment of all time (in any piece of media)?
The one that affected me the most was “I Shall Believe” by Sheryl Crow in Roswell. It was on every mix CD I made for the next year.
What are your top two “dos” and “don’ts” for companies that would like to pitch to you?
Do you research. Have some idea of what my current projects might be – I know it’s impossible to know for sure, but showing you at least tried goes a long way!
Do be polite and professional. Sometimes people come off abrasive, conceited or even rude when trying to get our attention in emails.
Don’t ask to be on my search list. I don’t have one, but I do try and give opportunities to new contacts whenever I can. If you totally crush it then I’ll reach out more and more!
Don’t follow up too often. We get so much music it can take us a while to get to everything. Please give it at least a couple weeks – and make sure your links don’t expire! I may not respond but I do save every email so I can refer back at any time.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced as a supervisor?
Finding the balance between supporting both those who pitch music (artists, labels, publishers, etc.) and filmmakers. This can get especially challenging when the money for a project is very low and the filmmakers don’t quite understand the clearance process and expectations. I want to deliver the best music possible no matter what the budget – but also be as fair as possible to the artists. As a Music Supervisor you truly have to (and want to) be on everyone’s side – no easy feat!
Describe your personality in one song title. Why that title?
“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John. Because I’m little but I like to dance big!