Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Entering a song contest at the age of 15/16 and reaching top 10 finalists.
Relocating to Madrid where I was offered work as a singer for advertising and movie soundtracks.
Working as a pianist and session vocalist during college which led to further contacts.
Setting up Rico Songs and the label Mondegreen Records to administer and control my own works.
Taking a job as musical director of a professional musical in Dublin which gave me a wage.
Working with both US and european agents for licensing music for TV and cinema.
Signing a publishing deal with Peermusic worldwide.
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Career

Creative Director

I compose, produce, perform, distribute and licence music.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

My work life is not a typical one in that I work for myself, a freelancer, but ultimately this suits my line of work. The main advantage is being free to devote time to all my interests, those that pay the bills and those that might someday. While some are spent entirely devoted to the creative process and the equally important administrative process other days are spent traveling from studio to studio where I record jingles, movie soundtracks, voice overs, cartoons...you name it, I've done it!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

The creative field is very much defined by the person, not so much what they've studied as how they can implement it in their day-to-day. I studied psychology as a degree and business studies as a graduate diploma and these have served me well in the administrative and organizational side of my work. The creative side is purely subjective in that each person will develop their approach. A belief in what you do is all-important in bringing it into the real world. Always follow your heart.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Only a very small percentage of people make a living from you're trying to do" "Maybe it's time to get a proper job" "You're getting a bit old for that now"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student