We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacquie Joy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacquie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’m definitely comfortable taking risks. I think risk taking is a ‘necessary evil’ in music and in business generally. For example, as in with general business, you often have to back yourself, and spend time and money producing a demo of a ‘product’ in order to gain interest in your services or try and land a special soundtrack gig etc, and that often involves a ‘loss’ of time and money in the short term, but the gains are much greater from going through that process. And also creatively, you must take risks as part of the creative process- for example- experimenting with hybrid sounds, taking on work that takes you out of your comfort zone etc. Creative risks don’t always pay off in the short term as you expect, but they always seem to pay off in the long term as that helps you grow and define who you are as an artist and it can give you a great sense of achievement as well. It keeps things interesting and I’ve found myself pushing in new directions (for example: doing sound design work and scoring genres that I didn’t naturally gravitate too) as a result.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Like anyone who has achieved anything, it takes alot of hard work and determination/focus and time.
My journey- I spent many years educating myself how to play musical instruments, how to use digital audio workstations, how to mix/master, navigating the technical side of music making and collecting plug ins/effects etc. In my early years, I spent alot of time playing live music and learning about different eras of music and different musical arrangements. More recently I started the journey of composing for corporate projects and film, and learning the art of sound design.
I am most proud of actually doing work that I love and feel very lucky to be doing this. The highlight(s) of my career journey so far was being nominated (in 2020 and 2021) for a HMMA ‘Hollywood Music in Media Award’. That was a time in my career when I knew all of this hard work over the years was really worth it and I had achieved something that I really thought was out of my reach
Lessons I’ve learnt- to be patient, to surround yourself with supportive and inspiring people, to be focussed on trying to define yourself as an artist. Never limit yourself to what others think you can do.
My brand as a person- bold and passionate, professional and fun, easy to work with.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I do live in Australia, but adore LA. So I would take them to the Santa Monica Pier – go on afew rides then hangout for afternoon drinks at Seaside on the Pier. Also, I would make some time to relax at a local craft brewery with Beachwood Brewing being at the top of my list. And I always make some time for shopping with friends at the Citadel…
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?
Personally: My Family – They always ‘have my back’ – I’m very grateful and lucky Professionally: Fellow Composers/Collaborators who make the journey fun and also for their ongoing support, opportunities and encouragement