We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobby Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobby, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think a key to my success has been the strong support system I’ve surrounded myself with, both personally and professionally. As with any career, being a creative can take its toll on you mentally and emotionally. Imposter syndrome is also never far away. I’ve been fortunate enough to have people in my life that can help lift my spirits. Whether its by encouraging me about my work or making me smile in my regular life, they are able to keep me in a positive environment. A poor mental state can lead to poor work and a lack of motivation.
I’ve also been blessed to call many of my colleagues friends. The entertainment industry functions a lot on networking, so you’re going to have to talk to people and make connections at some point. While the more connections the better, the quality of connection is also important. As far as clients go, a lot of my reoccurring gigs happen because they are with people that like and enjoy working with me. I’ve found that while it’s important to stay professional, you don’t want to come off as “all business” just looking to collect a paycheck. It will always vary client to client, but my experience has been that the project has turned out better when we’re all on the same team as opposed to strictly employee and employer.
The same can be said about my “competition”. Technically, any other composer could be viewed as someone I’m competing with for work, and while there’s some truth to that, it’s been better to be friends than enemies. I have people I can rely on if I ever need help or if I need an outside opinion on something. We are all pulling for each other, and our careers have flourished because of it.
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 consider myself a relatively late bloomer. I didn’t do anything music related until I was almost a teenager. At that point, I realized it was something I was always passionate about, even if I didn’t quite understand it yet. What started as a hobby soon became a fascination. I studied music composition through college and went to grad school at the Seattle Film Institute for Music for Film.
It was through my school that I made my first professional connection which led to my first job. I was an assistant for another composer working on TV movies. I worked hard and learned a lot from him and it eventually led to me scoring the TV movies myself through the same company.
I consider every opportunity I’ve been given a blessing. I know how hard this industry can be, even if you do everything right and possess the talent to be successful. There will always be a little luck involved, but you have to rise to the occasion when the chance comes.
I know I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the help of numerous people around me. That’s why it’s always been important to me to “send the elevator back down”. One of the things I’m most proud of is being able to help out others the same way I was. If I’m in a position to help someone with their career and give them a chance, I try my best to do so.
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 feel like the obvious big tourist places are places like Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Griffith Park Observatory. If they’d never been, we’d probably do that, but after that, I’d probably try to do some outdoors stuff. I’ve never been a big city rush kind of guy, so I’d probably go on a hike in the Angeles National Forest and walk around Debs Park. I’ve thought concerts at the Hollywood Bowl were a unique experience and I’m always up to catch a musical at Pantages. In terms of food, there’s really too many different options to choose from, but a sandwich at Portos or some Korean BBQ are never wrong answers.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family, my beautiful fiancée Dena for all her support, and a special shoutout to Richard Bowers for all the opportunities and mentorship over the years.
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