Simon Taufique loved music, but didn’t have the full training or the opportunity to pursue the craft — until a convergence of circumstances led him to just take the leap. He eventually began to specialize in composing for film.
Before long, Simon’s additional predilections — for working collaboratively, helping others to achieve a shared vision, and for leveraging strategy to the benefit of any one project — drove him to begin taking on producing responsibilities. As part of his philosophy of asking “How Can I Help?” he now produces films so that he can help collaborators pursue their combined vision, including his own contributions to the score.
Simon’s biggest project to date, Imperium, finds him working with A-list talent like Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette. We had a great conversation on this episode of Coffee With Creatives.
Topics covered include:
- How Simon was inspired by friend M. Night Shyamalan to be creative by any means necessary
- How his start in tech allowed him to make enough money to escape the 9-5 and focus more squarely on creative pursuits
- How and why September 11th became a personal turning point for Simon creatively
- The indie ethos — focusing on positioning and strategy, and figuring out a way to get it done
- How and why careerist decision-making can be a wrong-headed approach in the long term
- Owning the creativity, but letting go of the results
- Making challenges and boundaries work for you
- The benefits and importance of decisiveness
- The obvious and less-obvious advantages of working with A-list talent
- Relieving professional and career pressure by creating constantly
That’s a ton of good and useful stuff. Imperium is available on most digital video platforms, and you can follow Simon on Twitter here.
Finally, I have two announcements to make, which are also covered in this episode of the podcast.
The first is that Coffee With Creatives now has over 5,000 listeners! Hooray, us! In celebration, I am giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
For a chance to win the gift card, send an email to me through this site and include a screenshot of either: 1) An iTunes review of the podcast, written by you, or 2) A social media post, written by you, in which you link to this or another favorite episode. A winner will be chosen randomly from all those who write in. Or maybe I’ll decide to award the review or share that most strikes my fancy. Only time will tell.
Also, I will be participating in a Live Director’s Commentary for my film, The Videoblogs, on October 9th. The event is virtual, and is being presented by the nsavides podcast (and its host, Nick Savides). Producer Jenna Edwards is also participating, and there are over $500+ in prizes being offered to participants. So, get on it!