Vidjay Beerepoot: Composer for Disney, Film/TV – Ep. 38

Are your goals big enough? Are you chasing after something that you could consider your life’s work? Or are you like me, still searching for that unique combination of awesomeness?

Tune in either way, because today’s guest is Vidjay Beerepoot, composer for Disney and TV/Film in Hollywood. We’ll talk about how he set the right goals and chased them down with relentless persistence, setting his targets in spans of 20 years, not 20 days. It’s such excellent stuff for someone who’s as impatient as me. His story is nothing short of remarkable. He packed up and moved to LA with a dream, and now he’s making that very big dream a very big reality. 

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2:30 – “When I was about four or five, I remember that I was looking at… Hollywood movies at the time. And I was like, “yeah, I want to do that. I want to be in Hollywood.” 5:15 – “And I thought, you know what, I think I just need to do what I really love. And so I made a really conscious decision to pursue that career, but I also knew that if I’m going to do that, I’m just going to have to do it 100%… 1,000%.”

11:49 – “…the financial crisis hit in 2008, and that was the first time that I didn’t have much work. And I thought, well, you know what, I’ll just go to L.A. — I never visited before. So I thought, let’s just check it out and see if this is a city I can live in.”

16:52 – “I think if I would have chosen to go into space engineering or become a doctor or become an animator or something like that—because I love drawing—that I would probably be equally successful as I am now, just because I have this drive.”

23:31 – “…most of the time, I work alone. But I have a team of people surrounding me if I need some help. So the moment it gets a little bit busy, I just have a few people that I can call right away and they can help. So I have this little network—it took me about ten years. It’s really hard to to find people that are like-minded, easy to work with and that are really good.”

25:56 – “I was always very aware of ‘how can I just pay all the bills?’ But I don’t really need to make profit. I’m just gonna spend about 20 years to really get this skill—to really get the skills and to really understand and get really good in what I do.”

31:40 – “Now that I’m kind of part of the Disney family, I do get pitches that are high-profile now that no one else gets. But like, for example, for Minnie Mouse, I think there were like 70 people that pitched.”

43:41 – “There is some luck involved, but I really believe that if you really want to do something, you just keep trying it and it will happen. A lot of people give up at a certain point for whatever reason, but I think you can create an environment where you increase your luck.”

54:19 – “It took me about 30-something pitches to get to the Disney one, but now I have it and it’s the best thing I could have wished for.”

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