Rob Gokee

Rob Gokee

Music Composer and Arranger


Rob Gokee Music

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Picked up the guitar at 16.
Met my wife, a producer.
Got married at 18 & had to postpone school for kids.
At 26, went to college for the first time.
Moved back to LA after college.
Studied privately under composer Christopher Young.
Found Twitter.
Got an agent.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Music Theory and Composition
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Career

Music Composer and Arranger

I'm a composer for TV, Film & Web.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Film
Being Creative

Day to Day

I'm up at 7am, and I use the first few hours of the day to answer email, write blog posts, and network on social media. I don't start writing music until around 10 or 11am, break for lunch around 2, and then keep writing until 8 or 9pm, when I stop for dinner. If I have an intense deadline, this changes - I can write in the morning if I need to, and I'll stay up as late as I need to in order to finish a project. Sometimes, that's 6am.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Honestly, in Hollywood, no one cares if you went to college, where you went, what you studied. It's all about how easy you are to work with, how fast you can get it done, and if you can do it well. That said, I think college teaches you important things about deadlines and managing your time efficiently. I'm glad that I went.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

They don't tell you in school that, in the beginning, you're your own small business. You need to know Marketing and Accounting in order to move forward. Also, networking is the biggest part of my job. Learn where people are meeting, and go there. Of my job 40% is writing music, 60% is everything else.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Music Theory and Composition

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should find a stable job, you'll never make enough money writing music."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Single Parent