We had the good fortune of connecting with Ece Muniroglu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ece, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that taking risks is an enormous part of the growing process. Risk comes when we are out of our comfort zone, and we want to make a change in our lives. This can be a personal or a career change. Any change will bring uncertainty. Risk comes from not knowing what’s on the other side of the bridge. We might guess, assume, or passionately want, but we’ll never know how it feels until we try. The first attempt might be a failure, and it’s ok. I actually don’t want to call it a failure, because this is the process. It makes us stronger and resilient. We cannot separate risk and failure; we can only accept it if we want to grow. Failures will eventually bring success if we keep doing it. Music has been in my life since my childhood. I grew up playing the piano and listening to classical music. Although I loved music deeply, my first professional path was architecture. I hold a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the well-renowned Istanbul Technical University. My vision had changed a lot during those years, and I am very grateful for that. The question at that time for me was: “Do I really want to continue my life as an architect?” I wasn’t able to answer that question because I was constantly thinking of music. It was something that I cannot let go of. Here comes the biggest risk-taking for my life: I moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music to pursue music. Not only did I change my career, but I also changed my life, the country that I live in, my community, everything. Now I am in Los Angeles, working as a composer for films and TV. I am not even mentioning all of the other challenges that I had to experience in between, but how would it be possible to be where I am now, without taking that first huge risk?
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
It wasn’t easy, but I’d do the same if I could go back in time. I am where I am and still in the process of learning. Even though things get tough, they’ll pass, and everything is temporary. The present moment is all we have, and the next moment will be a new experience. Having a good community is extremely important not just for our career but for our personal lives. It’s important to know what makes us happy, and that can also change from time to time. Goals are important, and keep setting them will motivate us and we will grow with its momentum. Those goals don’t necessarily need to be huge, but it is important to set new ones and follow them, with a little bit of flexibility. You never know what the future holds! I’ve always been excited to start a new project, trying to understand the requirements, the sound, and the style. (With a little bit of anxiety of course!) I love the sound of strings, and can easily get goosebumps when I hear it. Since my childhood, I’ve always admired animations, and I thought the older I get, it’d fade away. It did not! Here I am and still enjoying A LOT watching animated movies.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are certainly a lot of interesting things to do in and around Los Angeles. Nature-wise it is stunning and I’d definitely suggest a mini road trip depending on the time we have. Yosemite, Sequoia, Mammoth, Big Sur is breathtaking! When I think of Los Angeles, I think of concert venues like Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Hall, etc. I would definitely take them to a concert (prior to COVID obviously). In terms of eating, there are really nice restaurants all over Los Angeles, but I’d take them to a Korean Barbeque unless they are vegetarian! Famer’s market in Grove is a place that I enjoy going to when it is not crowded. I’d take them there and walk around. Griffith Observatory, Malibu beach are other activities that I usually include when someone visits me. Oh, and Huntington Library!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Of course, there are many! First of all my family has been a great support. Without them, I wouldn’t be any closer to where I am now. My past piano teachers since my childhood have influenced me with the deepness of music. I had great professors at Berklee College of Music that inspired me a lot, and I can’t thank them enough. The influence of my friends also has a huge impact on my career. They are the ones who helped me standing up again during the times that I was feeling lost. My colleagues in Los Angeles have been great mentors to me. So I want to thank them all!