We had the good fortune of connecting with Rahul Shah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rahul, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
In my opinion, I see risk taking as going after an opportunity. There is a cost associated with taking a risk and not taking a risk. Having spoken to a few professionals in risk management, they always point out that before taking an opportunity you need to to know the answer to one question. What is your appetite for risk? Whether we’re talking about the music industry or Wall Street, They suggest to play within those boundaries to manage expectations. In my career I have taken risks, put myself out there for jobs, networking opportunities and never been afraid to go after an opportunity I want. You may experience rejection, but the cost of not taking that risk for something you want is far greater, and often you might need to learn/fail a lot in order to succeed. When deciding to take a risk I ask myself questions such as, “What is the benefit of taking this risk?” I try to be aware of the dream and nighmare scenarios as a result of taking a particular risk. It’s important to believe in yourself and always remember where you want to go, no matter what your dream job is.
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.
Thus far in my career I have spent time either assisting other composers or working on scoring film and television projects. I enjoy tinkering with synthesizers, using libraries in an unorthodox way, programming and sampling new sounds. I’m really excited about my upcoming projects and all the new music I’m going to be writing over the next year. There will be new challenges, opportunities and moments of growth which always help me. Navigating how to run a business is equally important as an independent music professional because when you are the composer it’s like a small company. You have people working for you, people you work for and results which are expected to be delivered within a certain timeframe. Getting more into video games and advertisements is also part of diversification which is also helpful to increase versatility opportunities and revenue streams. I usually overcome challenges by finding why its difficult or just working through them until time passes and I learn.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been fortunate to have had really helpful mentors throughout my musical education and this has continued during my time in the professional world. Definitely my parents, musical mentors, teachers, family have all supported me to varying degrees whether that’s in the form of teaching, mentorship, love, encouragement, moral support or made me better. I get a lot of encouragement from just watching people who have done what I aspire to do and seeing how they did things. The way the world is with social media you can learn from anyone whether it’s a composer, artist, athlete, actor, singer, lawyer or agent which is helpful. I’m still meeting and getting to know amazing professionals in the industry so I’m sure I’ll have more people to thank.