We had the good fortune of connecting with Amelia Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amelia, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
I remember reading the poem Invictus in middle school and the last two lines of it struck a chord and have stuck with me ever since;
“I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
– William Ernest Henley
I think the reason it resonated with me so strongly is that it was the most eloquent way I’d heard of saying a mantra that I’d already lived by my whole life and continue to live by today. I believe that I am the only one I can hold accountable for my failures and successes in both my personal and professional life, and I think the reason I love this is because it lights a fire under me to always be pushing forward and making moves or decisions that will get me where I want to be. Now, that’s not to say that other people can’t contribute to or influence your path, but simply that at the end of the day, you can’t point the finger at anyone but yourself for the decisions you’ve made, and I love that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My musical style has evolved a lot over the years, with the most noticeable change in the last two years since doing my master’s degree in Screen Scoring at USC. In my year at USC, I was exposed to the world of orchestral music, which is something I knew nothing about previously and the incorporation of orchestral instruments into my music was a big change for me. After graduating, I was writing music that didn’t really feel like it was authentically me as it had started to become often purely orchestral; it’s taken a while for me to find my musical voice again but coming back to my musical roots in guitar & synths and hybridizing it with the orchestra is ultimately what I identify as ‘my sound’.
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?
Anywhere on the west side! I am a big nature-lover and love getting outdoors with my 7-year-old golden retriever, Bernie. The ideal day would be a bike ride along the beach path from Venice to Santa Monica. Or a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains to take in the views; nothing is better than getting a little outdoor exercise 🙂 Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes! There have been two people in my life who have had a profound influence on my career. The first is my mentor back in Canada, Alec Harrison, who is a composer for film and television, and he took me under his wing while I was working as a producer at an audio post-production house. He recognized my interest in music for film & TV and opened the doors to that world for me; I truly believe that if it wasn’t for him my career path would look very different right now. Secondly, my current employer and past professor, Laura Karpman, has had a massive influence on me. She is not only an amazing composer but is a vocal advocate for women in film and has taught me a lot about standing up for myself (which as a Canadian, I could use! ) and believing in my abilities. I am hugely grateful to both Alec and Laura for the guidance they have provided me with.