We had the good fortune of connecting with Adelaide Pilar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adelaide, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
This can be such a trivial question for a striving artist. And no doubt we are often haunted by it everytime we feel we are failing to reach our personal goals or objectives. Then add an pandemic on top of it all that not only makes it even harder to share our art but also to financially support ourselves by it. I think many musicians, especially in the past 12 months have come to this cross road.
However, I think if you are truly passionate about what you do, it’s only natural to second guess or question the worth of your process and product. Personally, a large portion of my mental energy is in a constant cycle of trying to trying to create, tweaking what I’ve done, and then then trying to be happy with it and move onto your next endeavor. Sounds simple but it’s truly a mental task. They say musicians are crazy, well maybe there’s a bit of validity to that. The thing is this is a process that I’m cannot stop, like it’s programmed into my DNA. Once I recognized this, I realized I could never give up being a musician because this is who I am. No question about it. And I will not give up on myself because if so I then what? Life would then seem pretty pointless.
However this is coming from a grown adult who has never been married nor do I have children. I’m sure people who have families to support might analyze things differently.
In the end no matter who you are, if it doesn’t bring you joy then maybe it is time not to “give up” but rather try something that does bring you joy. I’ve been in love with music my whole life and it’s brought so much joy into it. So not planning on giving up….
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.
I moved by myself to California from Texas 14 years ago to obtain my masters degree In music at CalState LA. Since then I have many wonderful opportunities to perform with amazing artists and at popular venues/festivals/events as well as run 4 of my own bands which ultimately led to starting my own LLC: Adelaide Pilar Music. I’ve been a consistently featured Artist at Disney for the past 7 years, a contestant on La Voz Mexico, and have released quite a bit of original music that is streaming on all major digital platforms.
The music life has been good to me but it’s taken a lot of hard work and I still have much more to achieve and overcome. When it comes to my brand I want hard work and dedication associated with it. Add that to being a boss and playing a male dominated instrument I’ve also embraced the whole woman empowerment movement. I want to be the woman little girls look up to.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
-start off with an early hike in the san Gabriel mountains, -lunch at Porto’s.
-Afternoon at the beach; lately I’ve really been enjoying. Crystal cove in Newport
-dinner at the Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos. (Best margaritas in town!)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents! Bless any parents who have/had children who want to be musicians! Mine were there though the all loud practicing, taking me to music lessons, and supporting me through all the emotional rides my career brought on. I’m sure they preferred I be a doctor or lawyer but they allowed and encourage me to be me. I’m soooo grateful for them.
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