Interestingly enough, I have a close friend who is of a very similar mindset, and he is clearly headed to great heights. He’s already the top of his class in most subjects and is a great engineer (you can check out his WISE project here).
But how do those things relate to my composing, you ask?
When I first decided that composing for orchestra was in my best interest, it was mostly because I had never done so before. It was unfamiliar territory; I was hesitant. But I knew it was the right thing to do.
When I accepted my friends’ request in scoring the robotics club’s reveal trailer, it was my first time working under strict guidelines and a fast-approaching, hard deadline. I accepted without a moment of doubt. Mostly because I knew how much it would be working with my friends, but also because challenging myself to meet these new conditions would make me grow as a composer.
Brian Grazer and my aforementioned friend are very familiar with stepping out of their comfort zones. I can proudly say, so am I.