We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Christopherson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I have a few small affirmations that I say to myself when I am feeling anxious or overthinking things, but they all pretty much say the same thing. “It’s just music”, “So What”, “C’est la vie”. Being a creative person – sometimes I can put too much extra stress or importance on what I am creating. It’s good to think about the work you do and have a clear vision, but you have to be careful not to overthink it or suffer blank page anxiety. I’m not saving lives here – it’s just music.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a film / tv / game music composer from Los Angeles. I’ve written music for just about any form of media / entertainment available and in just about every style. I absolutely love the adventure and the opportunity to jump around between different styles. Drawing from my past experiences and if I am not that familiar with the type of music I’m required to write, then I really enjoy the research phase of a project. Learning about different musical cultures, trying new and interesting sounds and approaches to creative riddles. I’ve learned along the way that in order to succeed in this business you must be 1) persistent – this is not a short term game 2) be flexible and a good team player – you are a part of the film/tv/game team 3) be fun to work with and don’t take things too personally – this was the hardest lesson to learn. One other thing I’ve been getting more and more involved in lately is writing and producing original songs for media. I love collaborating with artists and coming up with something specifically tailored to a project. I also music supervise some of the projects that I work on – hence putting myself into the position to be able to write original songs for certain scenes.
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?
OK so I’m a native Los Angeleno. I’m very proud of my city and while I have lived many other places in my life (Miami, Boston, NY, South Dakota, Germany, etc.), LA is my home. There is just an endless list of activities to do here in LA, and so many different cultural, culinary, artistic and adventurous activities here. That said, some of my favorite things of LA that I love to take out of town guests are the Hollywood Bowl, Venice Beach on rollerblades or bikes, snorkeling down in Laguna Beach, out sailing with me in Marina del Rey, LACMA and some of the other great museums. And the food – oh man the food. Whenever I fly in from out of town I have to stop for tacos at Tito’s Tacos in Culver City. I have been eating there my whole life and love how the menu has pretty much remained the same. The only thing that has changed is they don’t give back half dollar coins anymore (or do they?).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First of all, thank you to my friend and colleague Brad Rushing for recommended me to you guys. That means a lot as he is such an incredibly talented cinematographer and person. My parents deserve the most recognition for nurturing and allowing me to pursue my crazy dream and passion of being a film music composer. They have supported me on every twisty turn of this very unpredictable and wonderful journey. I would also give a shoutout to a music charity I’m very passionate about, Education Through Music – LA (https://etmla.org) an organization that brings music education into underserved and underfunded public schools in the LA area that would otherwise not have it. Thank you!