We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, why did you pursue a creative career?
I ask that question to myself everyday, haha. Honestly, the only thing I’m good at and that’s also questionable, is music. There are a lot of different facets in my musical career, one being a music teacher. It’s a huge part of my everyday work. I’m my own boss, and I get to manage it the way I want to. In other areas, I’m also a musical artist with a few albums and records in the music platforms. This also delivers streaming income. A few bucks I don’t have to worry about every month. And being a film composer which is an addition in my career to work with video creators in short films, etc. And of course, live gigs that at this moment aren’t many. It’s a challenge everyday to manage all of my musical services which it’s all able serving people, it’s a business. A constant evaluation on how to monetize my talent and skills. Being self-employed has its benefits and challenges. But it sure beats doing a 9-5 job you hate.
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.
Each day I’m excited to pursue my daily tasks. Emailing people and connecting with peers on social media to see what opportunists are available for me to chase. And to build on what’s already established in my music career, and how to improve those things. I’ve started my career officially on my own back in 2008. From that point forward the thing that has kept it going was/is, consistency. Never stopping, always on top. It’s not an easy road, being your own boss means covering all grounds on a daily. Thankfully, today’s technology allows us to stay on top of things. Certain things that matter, I will approach, and for those things that do not matter, I ignore. Once you get to that obsessive level, we have to hand pick what we will give our attention to. I’ve went from being a young touring musician, to making my own music , and also being a producer to many artists — and conceiving a solid piano program that was/is a foundation to my career. While pursuing musical productions, I’ve also added film compositions. Many years ago I was part of a BET Film project that was a 2005 Telly Award. And of course to just share some achievements my 2015 record “Shackles Salsa” a Latin tribute to Mary Mary, was nominated for best Latin song in The Independent Music Awards. Well, back to tue film thing. I’ve worked on a few film projects and hoping to someday sooner than later reach a great opportunity on a blockbuster movie. My new production studio is called “The Writing Room productions. The name came about from watching hours of Hans Zimmer footage. This man is the father of Film music and everybody knows that. This article will be the first to know where did the name The Writing Room came from. Well, deep inside a interview from Hans Zimmer, he entered his studio and said welcome to the writing room. And boom! I quickly began searching in the internet to see if there are any studios with that name. So, no ones in music has that name. And that’s where my upgraded studio holds “The Writing Room Productions.” I’ve had the pleasure of recording many records in my new set up. My studio is open to any artist, film director, songwriter, anyone that needs productions done.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Haha. Well if it’s a friend from out of the country, I would probably take them to NYC. And to some New Jersey beaches. That’s in the summer season. Winter, the NYC Times Square is probably the best bet.
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?
Honestly a lot of people in different phases in my life deserve credit. Ultimately the decision to be consistent with life-goals is all prayer and seeking guidance from God — and faith. Along the way there have been good and bad people in my life, and from those experiences I have made decisions toward my next step. My origin in music becomes reality when my parents allowed me to sit with the musicians to play in Sunday worship when I was just 9 years of age.. From there on, my life was all music.