We had the good fortune of connecting with Esteban Carvajal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Esteban, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I believe that the only way to grow in your life and career is to take risks. Getting out of your comfort zone helps you to develop new ideas and have new experiences. You never know what opportunities are going to present themselves if you just take a chance!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m originally from Quito, Ecuador and I moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago to finish my last year of college. It was difficult at first, but I have always had the goal of becoming a professional musician and that kept me motivated. After graduating, my focus was to start working full-time as a professional drummer. It can be a challenge to get hired, especially in a city like L.A. where there are so many incredible musicians, but always being prepared, punctual, professional, and easy to work with helped me to make connections, led to some fantastic opportunities and allowed me to expand my network. Playing the drums itself is just a small part of what it takes to get the gig. Your professionalism and your ability to adapt, keep a positive attitude and be prepared is just as important as your ability to play your instrument. Currently I am a session drummer playing for a wide variety of genres and artists. I am also a Drum Instructor and have recently started to offer online lessons and masterclasses. If you’re interested in connecting, you can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website www.esteban-carvajal.com.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is always something amazing happening in the music scene in L.A., so the possibilities are wide open, but I would definitely take them to some of the iconic stores and venues like Amoeba, Professional Drum Shop, Hotel Cafe, Catalina, The Rainbow and The Whisky A Go Go. I would also bring them along to the Social Jam, a weekly event/show at the State Social House in West Hollywood that I am the founder of and house drummer at. We would be able to easily fill the days and nights with unforgettable music experiences and of course, grabbing In-N-Out burger once (or twice!) is a must.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family has always been there for me and I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for their endless support. I am thankful for my girlfriend who has continually supported my career and has taken photographs that capture me in the best light. I am also very grateful to my drum teachers who always went above and beyond in sharing their knowledge of drumming and have now become my friends and mentors.
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