I would recommend to always face a new challenge and never stay in a comfort zone of any kind. Just like in sports, you have to work out every muscle, not just the one you are using the most, the same is in music. If you incorporate other creative activities to your routine, it gives you more inspiration and creative ideas in your main field of focus. Don’t ever get stuck in one dimension! You have to be brave to experiment, and grow.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Natasha Kojic. Natasha is a film and TV composer, recording artist and actress. A Berklee alum, Natasha was born in Serbia, and based in Los Angeles, CA
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Natasha: Thank you for having me! What brought me here is I guess my passion for creating, of course education because without it I would not be in the U.S., thanks to Berklee Music in Boston and my family on my side.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Natasha: Well, a few weeks ago, the director has contacted me to compose music for his picture, and told me how everyone in a crew thought that I am a guy composer, since on my music website I do not have my name written. They were surprised I am a female, so I found it funny.
Why didn’t you include your name to your music website?
Natasha: There is the section with my Imdb credits in music and film industry that shows my name, so I thought that is enough.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Natasha: The funniest mistake I made was being on a movie set, talking to one super talented actress and asking her if she is super dedicated to acting. She kept smiling during the whole conversation and then told me her name was Susan Sarandon. We both laughed. She was wearing a wig while filming, and I just did not even recognize who I am talking to. The lesson was to learn who is on set and in a cast while at work, lol.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Natasha: Recently I was happy to be a part of the crew for the documentary of the CBS TV show “Magnum P.I.” and help the director David Naylor. Next month, I am composing music for one interesting, fantasy movie called “Coven”, and there is one project of mine I don’t want to talk about just yet. It will be a real challenge is all I can say.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Natasha: There are so many, so it is really hard to make a selection, but I have to mention my friend, mentor, and ultimately music influence, film composer Christopher Young. One of the many interesting stories is when I made audio edits of some of his movie scores. His initial reaction was terrifying and I thought he will throw me out of a studio, lol Luckily, he asked me to make more versions like that, and I was relieved. I really did not expect that.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Natasha: I would recommend to always face a new challenge and never stay in a comfort zone of any kind. Just like in sports, you have to work out every muscle, not just one you using the most, the same is in music. If you incomplement other creative activities to your routine, it gives you more inspiration and creative ideas in your main field of focus. Don’t ever get stuck in one dimension! You have to be brave to experiment, and grow.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
Natasha: Thank you for that. If I could start a movement, it would create “The Chain of support. If every day we do something nice for one another (it doesn’t have to be huge, but just consistent) on a daily basis, I believe it would change a lot of things.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started singing, composing, acting, directing and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- One step at a time.
- Protect your heart.
- Be patient.
- Sometimes you just have to relax, and let it go on it’s own.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Natasha: “Everything is going to be OK in the end. If It’s not OK, it’s not the end”.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Natasha: I bet so many people that I think of are not even aware of that. People that inspire me, with just being in my life, and then close friends, family, colleagues etc.
It is a list of people, but if I have now to choose, it started with my music professor from Berklee, Apostolos Paraskevas with some very wise advice, then my close friend Tom Trudeu, Derek Jones from Megatrax whom I am endlessly thankful for letting me compose my first album as a composer for Megatrax Music Library. That led me to my first music licensings for Television and then to Christopher Young, film composer. Of course, my great friend David Naylor!
Now the story: My best friend, Jeremy Borum, a brilliant music and music orchestrator called me over the phone when I was in my “bad days”, just saying:”Natasha, get out of the house. This is the address for the music penal that I am not able to arrive to, and it is 15min from your house”. He talked about a composers penal at Christopher Young studio. My response was: ”No, I don’t know anyone, and It will be awkward”, but then I was literally pushed out and wandered in as a complete stranger. That is how I met and soon started my internship and then work for Christopher Young.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)
Natasha: That would be Lana Del Rey! I think her music and personality is so unique, and I would love to collaborate with her in future.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Natasha: Instagram: @natashakeymusic
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!