We had the good fortune of connecting with Luke Truan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luke, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
That is a great question! I’m from Atlanta – born and raised right here in Hotlanta! Growing up, I lived in what I would consider a normal middle-class neighborhood. No childhood is without growing pains and I would say I had a great childhood. My parents made sure we had what my siblings and I needed to give us a great childhood. We played video games, played outside, board games, tag, and all the games that kids love to play. We had a lot of laughs and of course got on each other’s nerves. LOL. My sisters are here in Atlanta and my brother is currently living in Colorado – right outside Denver. Early on, I was into music and athletics. I say athletics because I loved playing many different types of sports and games. Also, I’ve never been one to just sit around and watch sport – I really like to play instead of watch! My biggest interest, of course, was music. My parents and grandparents support my music studies in any way they could. I took music lessons, entered competitions, went to music camps, performed at recitals, and most importantly had fun. My relationship with my parents and other family members as made a large impact on who I am today. Of course, as an young adult, I began to mature and form my own identity about who I was and wanted to be as an adult. Even to this day, I speak with my parents frequently about all kinds of things. So, looking back on my early development years, I can see the positive impact that having a close family has made on who I am today. It’s not the only factor. However, the relationship with my parents and other family members establishes the foundation for future relationships and growth over the years. Another, more current, factor about what has influenced who I am today is my wife and my son. Well it’s not that current…LOL. I have been married for 2o years as of this year and my son is 9 and in the 4th grade. As a husband and a father, I have continued to grow. Both are very rewarding and challenging at the same time. Would not trade in the experience in for the world! 😉 In our house, family comes first!
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.
That’s a great question! LOL. As a composer, I write original music for film, TV, games, media and branding. I started composing back in 2014/2015 and worked with students at SCAD in Savanna, GA. This was a create starting point and I worked with some very talented people. I worked with one student writer/director who really challenged and encouraged me as a musician to write music that I never thought I could write. It was a great experienced and I worked with him for several years. During this time, I was still working in the IT field and scoring films on the weekends. In 2018, I started taking classes with ThinkSpace Education – based in the UK. They have been “instrumental” in continuing to help me grow and improve with my music composition and orchestration. Currently, I’m taking their Music for the Media 1 & 2 courses and loving it! I’ve already completed course 1 and just started course 2. The courses are very challenging, and I’m become a better composer. In addition to studying with ThinkSpace Education, I have been working on other film, TV, games, media, and music library projects. One of my current projects that I excited about is a virtual reality video game and a new music single. I also have a wife and a 9-year-old son. So, I guess you can say, I’ll like to keep moving! LOL The key is time management, having a good support system, work-life harmony, patience for when things need to adjust and a drive to success no matter what! Of course, there have been and still are challenges. Having a positive attitude and a good relationship with friends, family and other business professionals make all the difference. I’m not talking about moving your career forward with these relationships. The relationships that you build will help you through the good times and the bad – personally and professionally!
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?
Since we are in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic, the worst of its kind since the 1918 pandemic, this would be a very different type of itinerary. Even during a Pandemic, I like to stay positive and find new ways to have fun and stay safe. Since restaurants are now open, I would probably start with a take-out order from Chick-fil-A for breakfast. I think for lunch and dinner we would do what we usually do – cook! One of my favorite activities, when it comes to food, is cook with my family and friends. We eat and share stories and experiences while we cook! Also, we could have a great adventure on a short car ride to the north GA mountains. We love going to Lake Burton and there are not a lot of crowds. We could keep our distance and remain safe. It is a beautiful location with boating, swimming, kayaking, camping, and canoeing. Also, we have a pretty good Wi-Fi signal. So we could also watch a movie together!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The importance of family, friendships and relationship building and how it relates to being a successful music composer.
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