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

Hi Vinny, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks in the music world is the one thing that sets a particular musician apart from the incredible number of highly talented performers and composers that are out there working in the field. Believing in one’s self, with a healthy dose of reality, is an essential factor in achieving your musical goals. I never would have dreamt of playing music for a living unless I jumped in fully committed to learning how to play at 25. The sole reason Nine Winds Records was created was to document the music my ensemble and I believed in. There were a lot of aspects of the record business I had to learn and some I was very good at and some parts I was terrible at, but if I didn’t take a risk, do things myself, use my savings, take out a loan or two I never would have had a label to document the music I play or have a career in music at all. The same applies for the film scoring work I have done, or scores for theatre or dance, if I didn’t stick my neck out and try things someone else would have and could have done those films. My first film score I had no clue what to do once I was hired, I went to a book store that day, and read a book on how to score films overnight, and showed up to spot the next day as prepared as anyone else. Without taking risks, you just sit back and watch things go by.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think that the combination of events that have formed my life has created the music and visual art I am involved with. A glorious sense of color prevails in the world and I am fortunate to have been shown this phenomenon throughout my existence on this planet. My parents, partners, and friends have all had a hand in this. Determination is also an essential factor in pursuing your artistic goals. A lot of hard work goes into becoming successful, and the word successful can be seen as a prism of life, as there are many ways to be successful. Be fastidious in the pursuit of your goals but being aware of how this impacts others was the hardest lesson to learn I think.. Working in the creative world is not a financially rewarding lifestyle much of the time, but sometimes you can break through and have a good life if you learn from the lessons taught to you. Taking risks is essential but risking others becomes harmful if everyone is not in accord with your dream, and not everyone is. Creating the time to listen and observe is a luxury yet also very essential in how we get to achieve our goals. Then at a certain point, it is almost mandatory that you pass the information you have gathered on your creative journey to the next generations. Once you do this the cycle is complete.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That’s not too much of my thing, but if I wanted someone to see what is one of the coolest things about where we live. I would take them to Vasquez Rocks, after that maybe go to The Refinery to have a beer or two and some great food. Over the years, and especially now, I enjoy my home and my studio, also because I am closer to the end of my life here on Earth, I like the space my wife and I have created. So…., maybe I’d just stay home drink a nice glass of wine with my friend and family

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?
I would like to thank all the people who have believed in me and supported my impracticality. That’s a lovely list I keep to myself

Website: vinnygolia.com
Facebook: vinny golia
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