We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Shore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
There were a few times, much earlier on in my career, when I did question if music may be the best career choice for me. However, at those times I would always ask myself — are the challenges I’m facing today unique to the music industry, or might they be challenges I would find within any industry? I’ve found that there are many commonalities between differing types of businesses — such as learning your craft, interacting with others, relationships, building a team, marketing, handling finances, growing a business, etc — and so I would hate to restart my career on a whole new path only to find out say 5 years later that I’m facing the exact same challenges that I’m already facing today in the music industry. And so I’d always say to myself, when in doubt, stay with it and learn my lessons, and that way of thinking has always proven to be beneficial in the big picture.
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 create music for film, TV, VR, games, records, concerts, theater and live events. A fundamental aspect of what I do is being a storyteller, and so I like to think of myself as musical chameleon. I love adapting my creative approach and collaborating with others to best serve any given project that I’m on.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Lately due to COVID I’ve hardly been going out anywhere, however I do always enjoy the outdoors here in sunny California, and so I enjoy going outside and to parks. I’m also a pilot, and so I also really love seeing the city from above. SoCal is wonderful for aerial sightseeing with the ocean, coastline, mountains, city, and desert all nearby.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a huge shoutout of gratitude to my uncle Howard Shore (composer) who has been a major inspiration for me throughout my entire career. Howard encouraged me to pursue my passions in music from a young age and gave me my first professional opportunities by allowing me to work for him for 4 years at the beginning of my career.