We had the good fortune of connecting with Giselle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Giselle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think taking risks in life are extremely important. If you never jump, you’ll never fly. Moving to LA was one big jump for me and one big risk. I worried, “what if I become a failure,” “what if it just doesn’t work out.” Those were thoughts that ran through my head constantly when I first got out here. It’s been three years now, and while some bad has happened, a lot more gold has come out of it. I’ve had absolutely amazing opportunities like performing on the iHeart Radio Stage, I’ve performed at The Mint, gotten to perform at Disney events, and I’ve worked with wonderful producers from The Ready Set to HUSH, and gotten to film amazing music videos with BeamLA, Lezgo, and Ben Attwall! These are just a few great things I’ve gotten to do. There’s been so many. While this industry (the music industry) is filled with a lot of snakes and drama, there’s also such a beautiful side to it. So many other artists who want to work together and build each other up. If I never moved to LA to take my music career to the next step, I wouldn’t have experienced all the great things I’ve experienced so far.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a professional singer, songwriter, and musician I’ve had so many amazing opportunities from doing my own shows in different cities, to creating lasting memories as the singer and musician at someone’s wedding! Music is such a powerful thing and it’s a blessing to be able to provide music to those who need it and love it. What sets me apart from others is my different tone to my voice. I have a different sound and I definitely put my heart and soul into what I write. You can feel my emotions. Many have told me they can tell my songs come from the heart, and to receive a compliment like that is always so amazing because that’s exactly where my music comes from! So to know that it shows in my work makes me so very happy. I got to where I am today by working hard. While I am still always working to better myself and to go higher places, I am proud of my success so far! We should all be proud of how far we’ve come when we’ve worked hard and truly dedicated ourselves to our passion. People think there’s a time constraint on being successful, there’s no such thing. There’s always room for growth and each little success counts! There’s many challenges in this industry. You’ll be told by A&R reps to your face you’re “too fat,” or too this or that, blah blah blah. You’ll be told by some they don’t even like your music, or so on. The thing is you cannot let people get to you. When the majority love what you’re doing, that’s great. But most importantly, when you love what you’re doing and you know your worth and you know your own talent, you will value it and stop looking for everyone’s approval. Music is about creating, music is about sharing experiences, music is about sharing emotions, it’s not and shouldn’t be about “what’s hot” or “what’s trending.” A true artist gives their audience raw emotions. When you’re doing that, when you’re living your truth and putting out real music, who cares what others have to say? Someone will always pick on you for how you look or how you sound or how you dress. Who cares? Do you! That’s a huge lesson I’ve learned… be yourself and believe in yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ah!! Well, in the non pandemic days, I had my own little routines I loved to follow! If I had a friend visiting LA for the first time, I would definitely show them things I love but also take into consideration things they’d love to see too/what would appeal to them! A perfect day and perfect way to show someone the city: 1. Have a nice breakfast at Real Food Daily or Green Table Cafe 2. Go to Griffith Park – enjoy the park and the observatory 3. Go to The Pier – enjoy the water, the wildlife, and sight see! 4. Grab lunch 5. Head down to Hollywood so my guest can check out the walk of fame – explore, go into different stores/museums 6. Have dinner 7. Go up to the observatory to see the stars 8. If there’s live music somewhere, most definitely go to listen!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Someone who deserves huge credit is my mother. She always believed in me and always pushed for me to pursue my dreams. My father and grandparents were exactly the same. They have passed on, but my mom is still here on Earth with me and I am so grateful for that. Since I was a child she was at every show, every event, and let me do what I loved… music. I will be forever thankful to have a mother like her. Someone who’s always believed in me and pushed me to do what I wanted to do. She’s the best and she’s my number one fan, and I am hers.