Garrett Wall

Garrett Wall

Creative Director


Rico Songs

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.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Blackrock College
Bachelor
Psychology, General
University College Dublin
Graduate
Business/Commerce, General
University College Dublin

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!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

What you learn in school will in some way or other always serve you out in the workplace/real world, it's hard to put your finger on when or how but these basics are essential. For my work in particular experience over time has been all-important, as well as a knowledge of the recording process, an ability to work with people, patience and knowing how to listen so that my clients are best served. A professional approach to your job is as important in the creative field as any other.

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:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Business/Commerce, General

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