Jake Staley – Film Scoring, Connecting, and Perspective

In this episode, I interview Jake Staley (@donblake on IG). He is a professional Composer, music Producer, and Drummer. You’ve heard his work in network TV shows, films, video games, and commercials. Most recently he did the score for CW’s military drama, Valor. Jake is also known to throw awesome annual Cookie and Booze Parties in Down Town LA. For years I kept missing them. Last year I finally attended and it was phenomenal. I don’t drink alcohol much, but cookies on the other hand?get me crunk. Disclaimer, my side of the audio during the episode sounds a lot lower in quality–sorry about that, there were some technical difficulties. Please enjoy the compositional insights of Mr. Jake Staley.   

Show Notes
[2:15] Interview begins
[4:45] What Jake is working on in the Music Industry
[8:15] Breaking into the Music industry
[14:30] Who is a good fit for the music industry
[19:00] How Jake gets creative
[23:30] Routines for making music
[25:00] Jake’s take on creativity 
[29:00] Jake’s morning routine
[35:00] Pause and think
[36:00] Dealing with creative blocks
[48:00] Feelings of purpose in the industry
[57:00] Approaching a scene before you even start writing the music
[1:01:30] Mistakes become little miracles
[1:02:45] Zooming out when overwhelmed and exploring new things
[108:45:00] Jake’s resources
[1:14:30] Jake’s metaphorical tombstone
[1:19:00] Hear some of Jakes work here www.jakestaley.com and follow him on Instagram @donblake  
[1:20:00] Jake’s last words to people wanting to thrive in the industry


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Tony Suriano

Tony is an America Director, Actor, and the host of "Unfake It Till You Make it", a podcast featuring professionals in the entertainment industry. It is a creative guide that provides advice, strategies and moldable methods in the field. Additionally, he is a working Director, Producer, and Writer. While attending high school, Tony completed Disney Producer, Kevin Kelly's film program, which started his journey as a Film Auteur. His film, "The Face In The Vile", (Director/Actor) was selected and featured on NBC's Chiller TV station. Throughout that same year, he began producing branded content, receiving multiple awards & recognitions for his work. In front of the camera, Tony's acting landed his first Netflix role in a Martin Scorsese film called, "The Irishman." Tony's film & music background bleed into each story he tells. With a mix of audacity and prudence, he believes deeply in synergy and searching for the best third alternative.

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