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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ryan Shore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Shore.

Hi Ryan, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born in Toronto, moved to Florida when I was four, had all of my schooling in the United States. I took up saxophone at age 11 and soon added clarinet, flute and piano, and I really started getting into music more seriously when I was in high school.

I received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and I chose the major of Film Scoring. Upon graduation, I moved to NYC to work with my uncle, film composer Howard Shore.

I lived in NYC for eight years scoring film and television, orchestrating/arranging/conducting in musical theater, and playing saxophone with various artists including Matchbox Twenty and a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman with them. After living in NYC, I moved to LA to continue scoring for film. Since moving to LA, I’ve composed scores for Star Wars, Elmo, Scooby-Doo, The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Oscars, and In The Heights, among numerous others. I’ve been so fortunate to have received 2 Emmy nominations and a Grammy nomination for my scoring.

In the beginning of my career, I said yes to everything, and I’ve always put my everything into every project I’m fortunate to be a part of. I’ve always held a philosophy throughout my career, which is that if I take care of the music, the music will take care of me. And most thankfully it always has. I would also like to add to that philosophy of taking care of the people around me.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I find that success is not a straight line. There are definitely highs and lows in a career, and so I’ve always measured success by looking over long periods of time. I would never ask myself how I’m doing this week versus last week or this month versus last month. I’ve always looked at building a career in terms of lifetime, and so I’m much more apt to look at how I’m doing these five years versus the previous five years. I’m constantly making assessments and honing what I do.

Some of the struggles throughout the years have included learning about business, learning how to navigate politics, and how to be able to deliver music very quickly as deadlines are often very quick. Now 25 years after beginning my career, these aspects all feel like second nature, and so I’m able to more effectively keep my focus on the creative, which is where I really like to keep my mindset.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I believe what I’m known for maybe also what helps distinguish me from others — which is that of being particularly versatile. I love composing, orchestrating, arranging, conducting, music directing and producing music in all styles from orchestral, pop, jazz, rock, electronic, experimental, songs, and more. I also love doing all of the above across numerous mediums including film, television, games, virtual reality, records, live events, and musical theater. This mindset of versatility was instilled in me by my earliest music teachers, and it’s always been a perfect match for my own musical interests and curiosities.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I can be contacted through my website, ryanshore.com, and I look forward to hearing from everyone.

Contact Info:

  • Email: contact@ryanshore.com
  • Website: ryanshore.com
  • Instagram: ryanshore
  • Facebook: ryanshoremusic
  • Twitter: ryanshore

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