We had the good fortune of connecting with Seowon Hyun and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Seowon, how do you think about risk?

Any of my career couldn’t be possible without Risk taking.

I started playing violin when I was 7. I always enjoyed playing in ensemble with orchestra. I loved it so much being part of that full abundant sound with various instruments . However, I didn’t major in music in college because I thought I could keep that as a hobby, and pursue a more reliable path in my life than music. But in my senior years in college, when I was struggling with what to do with my life, I realized my real passion was music and films. So I basically decided to follow my passion. And now I am a film composer scored 11 feature films including South Korea and China. I have worked with major Orchestras around the world. None of this was possible without risk taking.

Some people questioned my decision at the beginning, and to be honest, even myself did too. But I think when you really try to listen to your inner voice, put your passion, it tells what you really want, and what is right for you. Then, risk doesn’t matter any more. Because you wouldn’t regret even though that risk becomes real. You know it was right for you in the end.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My job is to tell a story with music. I sometimes become a main character and follow his/her mind with music, sometimes I become a narrator who tells the story to the audience, or sometimes I find the missing puzzle in picture and complete the puzzle with music. I find that extremely interesting, and also extremely hard. I am still young and have a lot to learn, but I think this job is something that you constantly explore and try out new things. I think there is never a right or wrong way, and that is the beauty of it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Actually my best friend is going to visit me from Chicago next month, and I have no idea where to take her because I NEVER leave my studio! I know it’s sad, but I am sure many composer friends would relate to me. But, I do like going for a walk. These days I love walking along Larchmont Blvd, stopping by many cute stores with amazing tasting ice cream (which you could also get from there), or going for a hike around Griffith Observatory.

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?
After I came to LA, I was lucky to meet so many great mentors especially through USC Screen Scoring Program. To name a few, Patrick Kirst has been my teacher who is always eager to share his brilliant skills and knowledge in music which led me to a better composer. Lawrence Shragge always shows me how to be a good composer not only in music, but in a life-long way which is very precious and needed guidance for a young composer like me.  Also, my lifelong mentors are my parents, who have always been supportive to me. They are the ones who taught me to hear my inner voice and embrace who I am. I wish I could be as half good people as they are when I’m their age.

Website: www.seowonhyun.com

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