We had the good fortune of connecting with Jorge Corante and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jorge, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance is a daily practice that I aspire to constantly achieve even though I fail at it sometimes. During my early 20’s, I was constantly in the studio working with artists burning the midnight oil and proud of it. Sometimes working straight through the summer into the winter months without ever taking a vacation. Even though I love what I do, I feel I missed the chance to enjoy life more — driven by fear of missing out on opportunities if I stepped away from the scene for too long. Now, my entire work-life balance has changed to where I work what I call bankers hours — I start early in the morning at 7:00am and close my creative shop somewhere between 5 and 6pm. The only exception where I may break from my schedule is if I have a hard deadline to meet, which happens from time to time. I also try to take periodic breaks from social media, and mostly use these platforms for communication and promotion. Staying active and keeping a healthy connection with your family is also really important. I call my partner the CEO of fun and entertainment; If she puts an event for us in the family calendar, I prioritize it like my life depends on it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a songwriter-producer and composer for film and television. What sets me apart are the musical influences that I arrived with when my parents immigrated to the U.S from Chile, South America. I combine these musical influences with my experience of growing up in Boston and I’m grateful that I still get to create for a living after twenty plus years in the business. From scoring films to launching my own production music platform ibeatz.com, it’s all a tremendous joy to work on. For me, the work is actually the rewarding part, in spite of the long hours and life-long dedication to my craft. Learning how to navigate the complex legal aspects of the music business including negotiating and advocating for yourself, is still to this day a big challenge. To overcome this challenge, I stand up for my creative rights not only for myself but as if I was speaking on behalf of other creatives as well. Whenever I say “No” to a sketchy deal – I’m trying to set an example for others that you don’t have to sell your soul to make it in an incredibly competitive business. If you don’t stand up for yourself, no one else will do it for you. I want the world to know that the love and respect you have for your work can carry you through the peaks and valleys of your career and hopefully my own journey can inspire other up and coming creators to focus on their craft and to believe that hard work can pay off in the long run.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In a Pre-Covid world I would have the following Itinerary; I’d start the day by heading over to Silverlake’s Millie’s Cafe for breakfast. Then a quick tour of quintessential Hollywood sites and streets like; Hollywood Blvd., Franklin Ave, The Capital Records building on Vine and then up to the Griffith observatory for a panoramic view of the city. I’d then head over to Downtown L.A towards the “Arts District” for a short walking tour of the neighborhood and then a break for lunch at Urth Cafe. After lunch, drive over to Venice’s Abbot Kinney for a little window shopping – then hop on over to Santa Monica and continue down to Malibu to visit one of my favorite beaches; Malibu lagoon state beach. Afterwards, take a walk down to the Malibu Country Mart across from the beach and enjoy a delicious seafood meal from Broad Street Oyster Company. 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?
I have to shoutout both of my parents for their unwavering support of me. My parents recognized that I had an inkling of talent as a child and bought me some of my first musical instruments to help me pursue my dreams of making it in the music business. One of the first music industry executives that believed in me and took a chance, was my former manager, Michael Williams who became a mentor and friend that I still keep in contact to this day. He convinced former Motown Records president Jheryl Busby to sign me to a production deal at 16 years old, jump starting my entire career up to where I am today. Lastly, I’m so lucky to have an incredibly supportive and patient life partner in Jennie — she encourages me to take risks and so often reminds me to smile and enjoy life even through tough times.
Photos credit: J.D. Yambao