DANCE CHRISTIAN ARTIST
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Thank you for being part of our zine. Tell us more about your beginnings in the industry!
Being brought up in Malibu the industry was all around me; however, my family had zero ties in the industry. So it has always been something so close yet so far. I wanted to be a singer as a child, but I gave it up for quite a while knowing that my sister was the one with the powerhouse voice. I fell in love with acting, got my degree in theatre and business and came back to LA to pursue a career in film. Within a year I went through a devastating heartbreak, the only way to heal was to get out the good old note book and start releasing my emotions in lyrics. Being as determined and visual as I am those lyrics turned to a full on produced track with a music video to accompany it with in a couple months, and the rest is history.
Goals for 2020 and beyond?
Ahhh Gosh I am ECSTATIC for 2020! The goal is to release at least one song per month, submit for a Grammy and break into the Contemporary Christian Genre. I will be the first ever female Dance Christian Artist, to the best of my knowledge. I also look forward to returning to film. Recently having the pleasure to star in the finale episode of, the Kristen Bell Executive Produced original series on Disney+, reignited my passion for acting and I cannot wait to get back at it.
What have been the specific challenges in your career so far?
EVERYTHING has been a challenge but I will openly, bluntly admit my biggest challenge has been MYSELF! The only thing holding me back thus far is myself. I fall in love with men that treat me less than ideal and make them my whole world at the expense of my career. What can I say? I’m an artist and a hopeless romantic. In the end of the day this habit has held me back, but without it I’d also have no material! And I mean hey, at least I didn’t cut off my ear, yet ;)
What have been the greatest achievements so far?
My music videos are my BABIES! I am a very visual person, I always thought I’d be a painter so that visual representation of my music is crucial to me. They were all artistically directed, and designed heavily by me, and I am very pleased with how they turned out.
Were did your inspiration for the song "This Is War" come from?
The inspiration for This Is War came from both Emanuele Cammarata’s experience and feelings on anxiety and my current Love/ Heartbreak. Love is HARD and it never gets easier, it is literally war. It is a constant battle between your innermost desires, passion, fear and control. My addiction, is love. It is a fight, a battlefield, a war that never ends.
How was writing this song different from other songwriting experiences?
It was amazing collaborating with another artist, taking our melodic and lyrical expressions and combining them into one entity.
Who are your top inspirations?
My top inspirations are Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Amy Winehouse and Selena Gomez.
Having accomplished so much in your career, are there more dreams you hope to conquer?
Certainly! I’m an artist, I’ll never be fully content haha I would like to tour globally and I would like to win a Grammy, and more than anything I’d like to truly conquer my stage fright and perform for a packed stadium without a bit of fear. There is so much I am capable of now that I would have LAUGHED at if you ever told me I would be years ago, that being said I KNOW anything is possible.
Any words of wisdom for young musicians out there?
LOVE YOURSELF ! I was told that SO many times but I didn’t understand it, so let me say it in a way that was never said to me, love yourself by yourself. Spend time ALONE getting to know yourself, your hopes, your dreams, your values. If you are certain of who you are no one can steer you off your path. Also know that God’s plans are so much greater than our own, so do your best every day but don’t get too crazy with planning ahead because I can almost guarantee He’s got something better in store for you than you could ever come up with yourself.
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