We had the good fortune of connecting with Mert Ozcan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mert, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I see risk as a necessity for growth. We all take calculated risks everyday. Some are small, some are big. We wouldn’t be able to progress if we didn’t take any risks. One of the biggest risks I’ve taken was to leave my hometown and come to the United States to study and pursue a career in music. Looking back, perhaps I was a little naive, optimistic and stubborn enough to not fully grasp the gravity of the decision I was making but that attitude allowed me to fulfill my dream of making music for a living and build a career around it. As we grow, the risks we take grow with us. Perhaps you feel that your hard earned reputation is on the line or you might be looking at a sizable financial investment to make your company/brand grow. To be truly successful as artists/entrepreneurs, we need to be able to face our fears and create enough excitement within ourselves to overcome the obstacles along the way. We hardly ever face an “all is lost” situation when we take risks. Even if things aren’t going as well as we had hoped initially, there are plenty of opportunities to turn things around or pivot in some way. Unfortunately, no magic fairy will hand you your dreams on a silver platter. You need to go after them and make them happen.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m really excited about our new Dolby Certified Atmos mix room. Dolby Atmos has been around for 8 years on feature films and theatrical spaces but it’s making its way into home entertainment with wide adoption from streaming and broadcasting services, as well as smart home devices. It’s also exciting that Dolby Atmos Music is taking off. Creating episodic and feature content in Atmos is fun but we are still attached to the action on the screen. Creating solely music in this format opens up so many creative possibilities and it’s an incredible experience to listen to music this way. As The Record House, we are one of the 15 Dolby Certified Home Entertainment Studios in the US. I’m proud to be one of the pioneers in this space and happy that we can enable artists and filmmakers create in this new immersive format.
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?
I’d recommend staying at Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood, even for Angelenos who are looking to do a staycation. It has a great rooftop bar/restaurant and pool area. Good music, people and ambiance. Normally I’d suggest bars and venues to listen to live music at but unfortunately we’re still far from that reality. For a post COVID visit here are some places. Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Roxy, Troubadour, Hotel Cafe, The Echo. Gjelina and Gjusta in Venice are great spots for food. Catch and EP&LP in WeHo. Republique, Badmaash and The Grove around Beverly Grove area. The Griffith Observatory, The Getty Center, The Broad and LACMA (Miracle Mile) are definitely worth the visit. Watching standup comedy is one of my favorite things as well. Go to UCB, Improv, The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, Largo. Also go spend some time in nature in Joshua Tree, Topanga or for a quick disconnect and meditation without leaving the city, Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my family for believing in me, allowing me to pursue my dreams and being there for me in my darkest hours. To Tyler Barth, my first boss in LA during my internship at Blue Microphones who since then has become a mentor and a friend that has my back and supports me on my journey. To Beto Vargas, my good friend who started and ran The Record House with me for 5 years. Listing all of my friends from back home and in the States would take forever but I’m grateful for all of them for their love and support.
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