We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexander Goodman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexander, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Life is all about risk taking. I think risk is an essential foundation for life and for any type of career because we spend our whole life playing it safe on the sidelines, then we will never know the impact we can have on our own life and others from the risk of, say, trying to launch a company. Now, I know plenty of people who are very happy and comfortable with their day to day routine, so that isn’t to say that there aren’t any positives to that, but like myself or anyone else out there who is an entrepreneur or aspiring to be, risk is the name of the game. From pursuing a music career to investing in start up companies and trying to get into California real estate, I’ve seen many different faces of risk, some that I have found success and many that I have found failure. But we can’t look down upon our failures; I’d personally rather try and then not succeed than stay up at night thinking about the “what ifs”.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a creative at heart, I wasn’t the best in school because I was paying attention to the acoustics in my history classroom instead of listening to the teacher. But there are two things in life that I consider myself exceptionally decent at, writing songs and producing songs. composition and songwriting has always been my strongest gift whether it be for my personal band, Shawshank Redeemed, writing music for other artists, or writing music for video games. I have spent my years immersing myself in the art of telling story through notes and melodies; it’s something very important to me because music is a gateway for some of us to express how we truly feel without the words to speak it. This is also where the producing comes in. It can be hard sometimes to portray the story you want to tell with song if the song itself isn’t produced right (I learned this the hard way), so to solve that problem, I went and got a college degree in studio production! That’s one of the important things about my practice because I truly want to help others and myself express their voice through sound. Although we learn every day, I would say that composition has always come very easy to me, while learning production has been something that took a few years of schooling and practice, and even then I am still learning because no matter how good you are at something, there will always be someone better. That has been one of the bigger challenges along my journey I would say; I am not very good at listening to other people’s opinions, but different people have different ways of going about things, so there is always something to be learned from the people around you. I would advise everyone else out there to learn as much as you can from everyone, even if it’s what NOT to do. I’m currently on the path to finish a degree in composition so that I can hopefully be a gateway to starting scoring for film and TV.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in North County, firstly, so I would take them around Carlsbad, Oceanside, and then we would go micro brewery hopping in downtown Vista (Belching Beaver is my favorite by the way). Later in the week, I would give them a tour of Old Town and Gaslamp so they could experience some of the history of our amazing city. A night at Seaport Village would also be on the itinerary. Hopefully there would be a concert at Soma that weekend so I could show them where I spent years attending and playing hardcore shows.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Too many to list. My parents, Jung Park, Casey Lagos, Blake La Grange, Ms. Fennell, Dan Siegel, Christy Coobatis, Bill Bradbury, Conner Thomerson, my bandmates in Shawshank Redeemed, Jesus – most importantly.