In Episode 254, Trev sits down for the second half of his interview with DIY independent musician-producer Marie Hsiao to round out their conversation about her journey, her process, her favorite tools, and more.
Marie (Mree) may be an independent musician / producer, but so much of what we chat about in this interview series has direct applications to actors—especially in the era of DIY. I’ve learned that drawing lines in the sand between creative careers is an exercise in foolishness. It’s all the same well, the same fountain.
In the second half of our chat, Marie talks about her foray into composing music for video games, having her work featured on TV shows and in commercials (and what that means for her business), self-producing her own music videos (and why ‘a video for everything’ is kinda the new rule), and why she chose Portland—and not a more central industry hub like Nashville, New York City, or Los Angeles—as her home base.
But perhaps most poignantly, she shares about the unique challenges and blessings of collaborating and performing as introvert (referencing the book Quiet by Susan Cain—a book that’s long been on my list).
Tom Hanks has been quoted as saying, “Acting is the shy man’s revenge.” I don’t know about you, but that sentiment certainly resonates with me.
At the end of the day, this is a conversation about knowing ourselves, as creative beings. Knowing what we need to feel creative, be creative, to do our work. In Marie’s case, it’s being near nature, having a dedicated, solitary workspace, and knowing when, during the course of her day, she tends to be most “on” creatively… as well as knowing what to do with herself to recharge when the energy is low.
I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.
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