We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaimie Pangan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaimie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I know it’s difficult, but I chose an artistic career because I want to be able to reach my potential. I know it’s something that I was made to do and even if it’s not easy at first, I chose to take the risk anyway. I used to work in the sciences, but I don’t feel like it was something I wanted to do in the long run.
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 am a music composer for film, TV and games. One of the most exciting things I like doing when composing music is experimenting. I feel like it’s one of the things that keeps me going and allows me to discover new ways of composing. Since I never had a Bachelor’s degree in music, I think I am able to see and do things a bit differently than those who got their music composition degree. Being a composer for the past years has not been easy. Generally, when you enter the industry as a beginner, it’s difficult to know where you should start and how to get your first gigs. To add to that, since I’m mostly working in the film industry, I don’t always get to choose what kind of music I would compose. I have to follow what my directors need for their projects. Over the years, I’ve learned to be kinder to myself. I learned how to rest more and have decided to take projects that I want and would match the passion I have for drama. I know that I have always really enjoyed composing music for drama, thriller, horror, and documentaries.
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.
I think one of the best places to go to here in Los Angeles would be the Getty Museum. I’ve always loved the structure of the buildings there, the garden, and the relaxing atmosphere. Afterwards, we can go get some milk tea/boba from a boba shop. One of my favorites is Bopomofo, located in San Gabriel. If there’s a day wherein, I’d be able to take them to a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, I would. Lastly, I would, of course, take them to Disneyland at Anaheim and Universal Studios at Universal City for a few days and have them taste the butterbeer drink!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been tons of books that helped me realize my potential such as John Maxwell’s “Talent is Never Enough” and Seth Godin’s “The Icarus Deception”. I was also close to one of my music teachers back in High school. I consider her as my mentor. She was one of the people who encouraged me to do what I was made to do. Lastly, I have tons of friends who supported me emotionally and mentally throughout this whole process of pursuing music.