Please meet Tina Guo, virtuoso acoustic/electric cellist, recording artist, and composer. Her unique style encompasses a wide range of genres and she has worked with some of the biggest names in music. Her passion for musical exploration, artistic expression, and technology are expressed through live performance and visual media.
Tina can also be heard as a featured soloist in many Blockbuster Film, Television, and Game scores. In 2018, Tina signed as an official brand partner with Bentley Motors, composing, performing, and producing the launch music for the luxury hybrid vehicle, Bentayga Hybrid. She is working closely with Bentley with a schedule of live performances and guests appearances. As of October 2018, Tina has partnered with the Ritz-Carlton as a Composer, providing original music inspired by her visits to their individual resorts.
1. What do you do to keep a sane mind in the audio industry?
I don't think that I'm actually sane and tend to teeter between extreme highs and lows emotionally and creatively - but I think that's many artists! For me, keeping the balance between the art and the business side of things keeps both sides of my mind/soul active and growing.
I do struggle with a feeling of constant guilt if I'm not actively growing in some kind of self-perceived way, but I think that self-guilt is also good in keeping me going and forcing myself to maintain productivity.
In more recent years, I've been trying to find more of a balance of taking true time off- which hasn't happened very often, but a complete reset away from the studio, from music, from work, is important when we're literally swallowed by it on a 24/7 basis normally.
2. How do you maintain your creativity?
I don't feel like creativity can be forced- sometimes I go through periods of just not feeling very motivated or inspired and it takes time for it to come back. In the past, I remember after taking vacations for a couple weeks that made me extremely hungry and driven to get back to work, so I think that's something I need to find time to do.
I also love meeting creative people and being around them can ignite certain fires and ideas. I try to watch at least a couple of motivational/educational videos on YouTube every day, everything from financial videos to relationship advice to, of course, music and business-related talks.
3. What was your best investment so far when it comes to the topics above?
My dog, Pizza 🙂 Haha! I love that she is so codependent (dogs are like their owners, right?) and it forces me to also get out and get fresh air, go for hikes and walks with her daily. It also helps to have something else to take care of that needs constant care and attention which in a way makes me feel more complete than just the single-minded business/work focus that I tend to deviate to.
My fiancé and I are currently hoping to move further away from the city, and are looking up in the Angeles Forest for possible homes to move to- we love going up to Big Bear, the more intimate energy, all the nature and beautiful air (and cold!) - it would be amazing to be able to pull off living up in Lake Arrowhead or one of those areas full time. I now do most of my recording sessions and work remotely, and it's still in driving distance of Los Angeles so I really think it's doable!
Thank you so much, Tina, for taking the time!