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Rising Star Cassidy Robinson: “Why I’d like to start a movement that encourages children and high schoolers to pursue a career in the arts”

I’d definitely start a movement that encourages children and high schoolers to pursue a career in the arts if that’s what they wanted to do. There’s too many students that end up going to college for a degree they don’t really want to do just because someone told them they wouldn’t have a sustaining career […]

I’d definitely start a movement that encourages children and high schoolers to pursue a career in the arts if that’s what they wanted to do. There’s too many students that end up going to college for a degree they don’t really want to do just because someone told them they wouldn’t have a sustaining career in art or music. We should ALWAYS encourage everyone to follow their dreams when it comes to creativity!


As a part of my interview series with the rising stars in pop culture, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cassidy Robinson. Cassidy is a cellist and up and coming film composer based in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in film scoring, Cassidy currently scores short films for rising filmmakers.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Iwanted to find a way to combine my two favorite things: movies and music! And of course the idea to write music for movies became an option, and once I realized that it was an actual career, my decision was set on what I was going to pursue. I’ve stuck with it since my sophomore year of high school (10th grade).

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

Iget so much admiration from people when I tell them I want to write music for movies. To me it’s something I do on the daily, but for them it’s the coolest career in the world! It makes me feel so cool and unique!

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?

Iguess just assuming that film scoring was just handing over music to the director for their movie. Oh boy, was I far from wrong. I learned that there is years worth of studying an industry, and I still have a lot to learn to be amongst the masters!

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Right now I’m in the middle of scoring a short film for an indie director. It has a pretty interesting storyline and is my first horror film.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I’ve met several well known film composers during my time at Berklee: Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Iron Man), Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), and Thomas Newman (Finding Nemo, Finding Dory). To say that I had to maintain my inner fangirl is an understatement! I’m very blessed to have gone to Berklee to meet some of my idols.

I also had the chance to play cello for a scene for the Netflix series “The Society” and being around all of the actors I now watch was just AMAZING! Catch me on episode 4 “Drop by Drop!”

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Always remember why you chose your career path in the first place. There will be times where it will feel like a lot of work, but always keep the end goal in mind. For me that’s sitting in a movie theater with a hundred other people and listening to the track I wrote in my studio now on the big screen! Think about all the work that was put into Star Wars, Marvel Films, and even some of the most popular Netflix shows.

Can you share with our readers any self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

It’s VERY important to make sure your environment is clean and organized. I keep my room and house clean and currently in the process of making it a place of pure relaxation so I’m always at ease while I’m in it. I also reassure myself that I’m right where I’m supposed to be and someone else’s progress isn’t my progress. Everyone has their own story. I also drink water, pray, and surround myself with a positive support system!

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  1. Film scoring is much more than just writing the music and handing it to the director- there are standards you have to follow, there are different roles you have to learn (composer, arranger, conductor, mixer), the process is longer and more thorough than I thought as well.
  2. You will not always have your season of getting gigs- there will be times when you’re getting all of the jobs and times when there is nothing, especially when you first start out. But don’t be discouraged, they are coming!
  3. It’s okay to stress out- I had to learn how to manage my stress and let out my emotions my last years of college. It was so new to me and I felt totally defeated, but whatever it was, it would be over eventually.
  4. Not everyone is a professional- Some of the people I’ve worked with have either let me down and ultimately wasted my time. Doesn’t make them bad people but made me realize that not everyone is easy to work with. I had to move on from them.
  5. For every yes, you will get 50–100 no’s- pretty self explanatory! Be persistent until you get the gig!

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:2. This scripture from the bible reminds me that the Lord will take me wherever I need to go in whatever I aspire to do, and I know He will help me achieve all of my dreams. No matter how big or small, after all, he created an entire universe!

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?

Definitely my parents and my sister, who have always supported me in my musical endeavors. From every concert to my college graduation, they have been there cheering me on physically, emotionally (and financially).

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. 🙂

I’d definitely start a movement that encourages children and high schoolers to pursue a career in the arts if that’s what they wanted to do. There’s too many students that end up going to college for a degree they don’t really want to do just because someone told them they wouldn’t have a sustaining career in art or music. We should ALWAYS encourage everyone to follow their dreams when it comes to creativity!

We are very blessed that 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. 🙂

ABSOLUTELY Michelle Obama! I strive to have as much class and grace as she does! I want to carry that into my career and essentially be that role model for women and girls of all ages and colors.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

You can follow my music instagram @nfystudios_ or like my facebook music page Cassidy Robinson Music

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

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