A big part of making decisions is determining what our actions and choices have been inspired by. So we asked decision makers from the community to tell us about what they are inspired by.

Timothy Stuart Jones | Film Composer

I’m inspired by things that sound different. New combinations of sound that push the craft of scoring forward. As composers, we all have a lot of the same tools at hand. When I hear interesting sound design and well thought out (or intuitive) approaches to scoring picture, that is exciting to me. You can tell when someone is able to craft an evocative melody. It takes work. I have stumbled on ideas that then need to be trimmed and altered to be really sleek and effective. I’m always impressed when I hear that in another composer’s music. It motivates me to try and push boundaries do my best work. Read more>>

Kristian Witanto | Bassist, Composer & Arranger

My family, peers and faculties here at Berklee inspire me everyday. My second eldest sister, Shiella Witanto, studied illustration and graduated from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her passion and persistence in her pursuit to become the best illustrator/artist she can be is highly contagious and it shows that talent and hard work will get you to where you want to be. Read more>>

Cory Barger | Bassoonist & Founder of Practice Happier

Lately, labor and the worker’s rights movement. I know that sounds a little bit odd, but the longer I work in orchestras the more I see that there’s a huge divide between how we see ourselves as artists and how actually, we are workers in a service industry that isn’t really that different from Starbucks. The audience is sold the experience of a concert, and usually who is on stage doesn’t matter so much to them unless it’s a famous soloist. Read more>>

Shane Murray | Article, writer, poet, spoken word artist

I have always be inspired by the Renaissance Era and the term Renaissance Man. I ultimate goal has always been to play in the NBA. My mother always told me to have a backup plan. Growing up watching moguls like Russell Simmons, Magic Johnson, Diddy, etc. I saw how they are able to do multiple things and be successful. From them I have always been inspired to follow their foot steps to be successful in various business ventures while pursuing a basketball career. Read more>>

Nadine Allan | Multidisciplinary Artist

I find the most inspiration in parks or on hikes, spending time among plants and natural systems. I love learning about the ways in which plants try to outcompete each other. This reminds me that even in human-centric systems, nature makes the rules. A large aspect of my artwork seeks to reconnect to the source of the artistic materials. I enjoy foraging for pigments, using recycled fibers, and choosing materials that can be reused. It is important to foster a relationship with the our materials – the more we do, the more we can care for the world around us. Read more>>

Ray Holdridge | Director, Writer, and Owner of Smoking Polar Bear Productions

I remember I wrote my first story when I was in 4th grade and I remember also being very upset when the teacher said that I had to put a two-page limit on it and that was the front and back of the page, I remember distinctly making the decision to. End the story early because of that limitation, when I already had a completely different ending, it was just more to the story. When I think about that, I realized that I’ve always just wanted to be a storyteller. Read more>>