We had the good fortune of connecting with Troy Hardy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Troy, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
That’s a great question, especially with what’s been going on for everyone over the past year. I’d like to give the readers a non-inspirational, “zero-fluff”, “believe in yourself” answer. It’s kind of like water skiing…if you let go too early you’ll never get up, and if you hang on too long you’ll find yourself with a mouth full of water and no swimsuit. Knowing when to hold on or let go is really tough, and something I always struggle with and I have found that it’s no different now than when I started my career. I like to keep in mind that every situation is different (personnel, project, goal), so the choice is not always black and white. The most important question I ask myself when trying to decide whether to keep going or not is, “have I exhausted every possibility?” If that answer is yes, then you have to stop wasting energy and pivot. I’ve been guilty of chasing a bad idea and when I’m finished end up thinking “well, that sucks”, so I scrap it all and start over. In those situations, even though it might be disappointing, you can still learn from your mistakes. Another thing that helps in these instances is to try looking at the situation from a different perspective. Honestly, on the surface my main job is music editing, but if you look deeper it is problem solving, so I’m using these skills every day. From fixing a bad edit, to chasing a new job, I go through the same process .
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Honestly, I’m really uncomfortable talking about myself or my career, but I know it’s a necessary evil in this business. For the “stats” version please check out my imdb page. For a full look, please go to my website at rocketsurgerymusic.com.
There’s also a deeper dive in this magazine “Meet Troy Hardy…” As far as “brands” go, I’m not really a “brand” person. I’m more a “hire me, I’ll work my a** off for you, and we’ll have a good time making your project great” kind of person. I’ve always thought the name “rocket surgery” was funny, because sometimes there have been projects where people treat it like it’s rocket science, but it’s not, so the name is a reminder to not take yourself so seriously. Example…one of the pictures I’ve submitted for this segment. It pretty much sums up the weird of the past year, (plus I’m a big Tim Burton fan).
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Pandemic answer – take out at Sugar Fish, head to the beach, favorite beach Carpinteria. OR a BBQ at my house, I’ve been diving deep on BBQ and smoking, so I’d make a day out of smoking some brisket and having a beverage or two.
Pre Pandemic answer – Dodger game, with Dodger dogs, beverage of choice and one extra menu item you wouldn’t normally order. TIP: You have to sit on the 3rd base side of the stadium because the sun is a killer. I’d probably pick a fireworks night.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a ton of people who deserve recognition but I’ll keep it short…My family, My close friends, John Wells and the Animal Kingdom family, All my co-workers past & present and any professor or teacher that had to tolerate me being in their class.
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