Today we’d like to introduce you to Ameya Saraf.
Ameya, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was really lost, I knew I wanted to do music but I had a hard time finding my niche in the world of music. My journey in Film Scoring was a complete accident. I used to have a small recording studio set up with a friend in his garage and we used to record our band and a few local musicians back in Mumbai. One night, a friend walked in at midnight. He was working on a short film for 48-hour film festival in Mumbai and was in urgent need of music, 8 hours before submission. He asked to record some guitars for the film as the score and I happily obliged. He started telling me the story of the film and I immediately got inspired and composed something right on the spot. We recorded it and played it back with the opening of the film and I immediately fell in love with the whole process, and that was the moment I knew I wanted to pursue this. I always wanted to tell stories and experiences through my music and this was just perfect.
Fast forward to a year later, I found myself applying for Berklee College Of Music, and I happened to meet a composer who was kind enough to give me his contact information in case my audition did not work out, which it did not. After a few weeks, I called him up and he called me over and said he was looking for someone to some additional music for the remake of American TV Show 24:India and I got my chance to work on a TV Show and that was such an interesting journey, it taught me a lot. A few years later, after working around in Mumbai, I decided to move to USA and got admitted in the film scoring program at UCLA Extension and started the next part of my journey.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely was challenging. Scoring films requires you to have so many disciplines that can be very overwhelming. Not to mention, this field is also extremely competitive. Right from composition to production, you have to consistently meet a lot of high standards and to get good, you have to put in hours and hours of work and practice. There’s also a lot of mental challenge when you are on this path, there are days which are filled with a lot of self-doubt, disappointment, impostor syndrome, rejection, consistently worrying about your future, deadlines and getting through one of these days is a challenge in itself. Not to mention, the financial aspects of living in a big city and paying for education is not so easy.
Moving to another country and starting from scratch isn’t easy and it took a while to adjust to LA. Thankfully, I have great support from friends and family, both here and back home and I am very grateful to them. I think your own challenges and obstacles are often going to shape you as a person and create your own unique path, so for everything that doesn’t work out, there is something else working out for you!
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I make music for all kinds of media. I enjoy adding more life to stories through my music. I get to work with all kinds of creatives; whether that be a director, producer, writer, show-runner or game developer and get to work with their vision of music and collaborate together to tell a great story!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I often think about this. And as much as I would want to go back and change things, I wouldn’t want to change a thing. Every mistake that I have made has taught me so much and shaped me into the person I am. All circumstances reveal to you of what you are truly capable of and I am glad I went through them. I am not where I want to be yet, but I definitely am where I should be.
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