1. When did you realise your love for what you do? From birth. My mum was a singer in a band while she was pregnant with me and she even said I would kick to the drum beat when they would sound check. I’ve always been drawn to music.
2. What do you love most about what you do? There are so many reasons, and the first one is, and Most singers and musician would relate to this I think… it’s my kind of therapy. It encourages those endorphins to flow as if I’d gone for a run and also free my mind as it’s a kind of mindful meditation. Another reason is that it a universal language that every human speaks and can react to and as a result, brings people together, it moves people. From a producers perspective, it’s so rewarding being able to bring other people’s music and stories that are so close to their hearts to life so they can too share it with the world.
3. What’s the greatest piece of wisdom that you’ve received or acquired through life experience? Always be honest with yourself and believe in yourself because you know you better than anyone else, and at the end of the day, it’s you in the driver’s seat of your life.
4. What’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced and how did you navigate through it? I’d have to say my biggest challenge is being a people pleaser. Putting myself a distant 3rd or 4th or even 5th on the list of priorities. This comes naturally to me as it’s what was modelled to me when I was a kid. The concepts of “showing off” my skills, or being “centre of attention” or “putting myself first” was deemed selfish and self-indulgent. Which, of course, was thought was bad.
For years I was turning my back on my passion and what made me happy because I didn’t want to be seen as “selfish” or a “show off”. As a result, I was unhappy and living a life for other people, not me. I still have to manage this every day, and what helps the most is changing the way I see myself. I’m a musician, and I don’t “show off”, I share what I’m good at with the world. I’m a business owner, and I’m not “centre of attention”, I’m simply the CEO and marketing manager. And I’m also a mum, and I choose to model kindness to yourself and others, respect yourself and others. It’s ok to put yourself out into the world and to follow your dreams and to NOT live in the shadows of others.
5. What are 3 of your daily non-negotiables? 1) I try to find at least a half hour in a day where I have some alone time outside with a coffee. 2) At least 7 hours of sleep. 3) Time together with my wife and son.
6. What do you believe is your greatest asset? Persistence
7. How do you elevate and empower those around you? I do what I love, I share what I do and whatever knowledge I’ve learnt over the years.
8. How do you wish to impact the world? I just simply want to use music as a way of bringing more joy to people’s lives.
9. What scares you? The idea of NOT doing all I can in this life to follow my dreams.
10. If you could share one seed of inspiration for those chasing their dream, what would it be? Stop chasing it. Live it.
Want to connect with Nyssa? Find her at the links below.