Isabella Ness is a composer and sound designer from Washington, D.C. dedicated to top-notch storytelling through any type of sonic medium. She brews hot tea and cool assets.
“When I’m in a creative rut, I seek out the work of creators I look up to…”
“… I often draw energy from visual artists, poets, and other musicians. Giving myself even just a few minutes’ break to explore the reasons why I find art enjoyable (turn of phrase, textural choices, color palettes, etc.) is extremely beneficial. It’s easy for me to lose the forest through the trees if I get too caught up in the grind!
Loneliness in composing or creating assets is an unavoidable risk, even if I’m working with a dev team. I’ve found that staying active in group-related things outside of development, like singing with my church choir or spending a lunch hour away from my rig around other people, help to recharge my batteries and free up my brain-space for more motivated work.”
“If I find myself getting distracted, it means I’m not 100% committed to whatever I’m creating. Forcing it only leads to half-hearted sounds, so I give my mind the break it needs. Stepping away from the workstation for 5 minutes to meditate, refill the tea/water, or just talk myself through the stages of the project all help re-jog my productivity by setting it back on the right track.”