We had the good fortune of connecting with Holly Amber Church and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Holly Amber, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
As silly as some might think it is, my favorite quote is “Be excellent to each other” from Bill and Ted. It is simple and yet perfect. For me, that really boils down to the main thing we need to be doing in life – let’s just treat one another with kindness and respect.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a composer for media (film, TV, etc.). I would say that I am best known for my work in the horror genre and I am sometimes referred to as “the scream queen of scoring” (which I love!). I’ve been working in this field for 20 years and it has not been easy and maybe it never will be but I love it and find it very rewarding (and also full of heartbreak at times). I’ve learned that one of the most important aspects to the job is having great people skills and really listening to the people you are working with. I’ve also learned that there are a lot of zigs and zags in this business and you have to just keep going every day.
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?
It’s hard to get me to stop working and venture out into the city, but if I do go out, my absolute favorite place to go is Disneyland! It is indeed a happy place and a nice escape from work. I also really love a great tiki bar (escapism again, anyone?) and often frequent Tonga Hut, Tiki No and Lono. One of my favorite restaurants to visit is The Cicada Club downtown – especially when they are having live music from a throwback era like the 30s or 40s. Hmmmm – this is making me think that I belong in a different era, perhaps.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who have sent me on this journey or supported me along the way that I would love to give a shout out to. Firstly, my parents – Barry and Shanna Church. My father introduced me to soundtracks when I was a kid and my mother started me in piano lessons. Those were both an important part of shaping who I am today. My husband, Josh Eckberg, has been incredibly supportive through all the ups and downs of my career so he deserves a huge shout out as well! Most recently, my manager, Peter Hackman, has been an absolutely wonderful friend and cheerleader for me so he deserves a huge shout out as well! There are many, many more that I would love to name if there was more room!