When did you realise your love for what you do? I’ve loved music since before I can remember. It wasn’t until I was about 16 that I started learning how to play the guitar and began writing music that I realised how much I loved creating it.
What do you love most about what you do? The most rewarding thing about my ‘job’ is connecting with others through it. There’s nothing that makes me happier than someone hearing a song of mine and telling me that it helped them through a tough time, or that they relate to it in some way. I love how music and art unite and connects us all that way.
What’s the most significant piece of wisdom you’ve received or acquired through life experience? That life goes on. Things get easier, and nothing lasts forever, especially not pain. We are so resilient and can get through anything.
What’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced, and how did you navigate through it? Particularly in the arts, it can be extremely challenging to make enough money to live off to create your art full-time. When I wasn’t making enough money from music, it was hard to find time to create the way I wanted to, while working several other jobs to pay my bills. But I think if you love it enough and you work hard, you can make it work!
What are 3 of your daily non-negotiables? 1. Talk to my family; 2. Create; 3. Exercise/meditate.
What do you believe is your greatest asset, and how does it serve you? I think the people in my life are my greatest asset. My friends, but especially my family, have been the reason I’ve never given up and the reason I truly believe in myself.
How do you elevate and empower those around you? I’m so fortunate to have a family and friends who lift me every day, so I’ve seen firsthand what that can do for someone’s self-esteem and mental health. So I try to do the same for everyone around me; remind them that they can do anything and that they are already more than enough.
What does the word failure mean to you? I don’t think it exists. I don’t think we ever truly fail. We simply learn and grow and gain experience.
In your opinion, what’s the number one thing that holds people back from going after what they want in their lives?What would you say to them? I think fear. I think people are scared to take chances and be themselves/show themselves because they’re scared to ‘fail’ or be judged. I’d say go for it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Just don’t give up!
If you could share one seed of inspiration for those chasing their dream, what would it be? A few years ago, there was a period of time during which I ate only bags of popcorn for every meal because I couldn’t afford other food. This month, I sold an original song to Disney. You never know when and how things can change if you just keep going!
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