We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooke deRosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooke, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I think success is being able to look at yourself in the mirror in the morning and think you are doing a good job. If you truly believe in what you are pursuing, you are proud of what you’ve done, and you are enthusiastic about and open to future possibilities you will always feel successful.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have gone from a professional singer to a composer, to a conductor, to a producer, to many different careers. I think one thing I am good at is being able to use various skill sets in new ways. For example, I used to play guitar and write music in a band. It seemed counterintuitive from taking time away from learning orchestrating and arranging for film scoring. However, a few years after I’d given up the band dream I was hired to compose a film with a rock score. I would have been pretty lost without all the previous experience. I was a DJ for many years as well. At first glance you wouldn’t think it has anything to do with conducting, but I got very used to different tempi, how to beat match and keep the sound constant. It might not seem super intuitive, but there are times I’m hired to conduct a session without hearing any of the music and in the corner of the music score I see a marking for 116 bpm, and I can say to myself ‘Oh, ok. That’s right around the tempo of Billie Jean’, and I’m fine. I think it’s important to constantly evaluate where you are and where you want to be, and if you aren’t happy, change your course. You’re allowed!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the Long Beach aquarium! And the Tar Pits. There’s also an awesome walk/hike in Pasadena I think it’s the Arroyo Seco trail? You can walk under a huge bridge. It’s awesome. Other than that, I’m mostly an introverted homebody.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to Jim Dooley. He has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I would also like to include my family and friends, especially Paige, the cast and crew of “Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon”, LA Opera, Pacific Opera Project, the LAFCI, Creative OPERAtions, Linear Labs, Hollywood Fringe and Trial Run Productions. I sincerely hope I am not forgetting anyone. Truly so many people have been influential and helpful.