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Meet Rory Doggett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rory Doggett.

Rory, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began my career in London working as a music engineer at a recording studio in SOHO. There I was fortunate enough to work with artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Charli XCX, NERVO and many other amazingly talented people. I then moved to Los Angeles, where I began freelance engineering but slowly realized that I was extremely passionate about scoring for visual media.

I began working at a company called Stimmüng which is now RNDM ORDR and made my way up to Creative Director of the company. I write full time for advertising there while also freelance scoring for tv primarily in animation. I also am currently the lead music editor on Jon Favreau’s Chef Show.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would say the journey has been steady with expected obstacles along the way. I did not go to school for music composition so deciding arguably late in my career that I wanted to pursue film scoring came with its hardships. I basically taught myself music theory and composition while working full time but with lots of study and practice, I feel like I am always getting better. I will say not pursuing traditional formal music education has sometimes been helpful as I feel like I am not always confined by the rules.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a creative director, my job is to help clients fully achieve their sonic goals. We have detailed conversations about what they are looking for musically or sound design-wise. I then put a team of composers on the project based on who is best suited for the brief. From there, it is my job to tailor our presentations and work with the client to get the music and sound to the best place possible. As a composer, I write full time for Advertising, TV and Film. I would say I’m probably most well known for writing the Home Depot jingle/theme song. I’m probably most proud of my scoring for animated shows like Oddbods. It is a lot of work and really pushes you to do the best job possible. A lot of the time characters in these shows don’t talk so your music really has to tell the story. I think what sets me apart is my work ethic and never ending desire to learn and do better. My wife always tells me that I never turn off but I think those qualities have allowed me to get to where I am today.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely. I would not be able to do what I do or gotten to where I am if it wasn’t for this city. You’re surrounded by talented people who push you to do better. You never know who you might be sitting next to at a restaurant or what can come from a quick conversation with someone. For someone starting out here, my two bits of advice are 1. Be ready to work had. People remember when you put the time in. It’s not always the most talented person who gets the gig and is usually the person who puts in the extra effort. 2. Network! I have gotten so many great opportunities by getting out there and meeting people.

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