In indie film and theatre alike, there can be a lot of gray area in the middle of sound design and composition, especially if the director doesn't establish specific roles. I would love suggestions on how to communicate to composers that I value their work and partner with them as opposed to slugging it out or (in one recent instance) being a doormat.
Especially if you're a sometimes composer and a sometimes sound designer, please wear your sound designer hat and let me know what can be done to facilitate a good working relationship. I am looking for specific suggestions as opposed to the obvious things that ought to be normal business etiquette.
I know that there are difficult people to work with in every field, and some experiences can be chalked up to that, but I thought it would be interesting to discuss.