We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amanda, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I spent most of my life in school or working a 9-5 job. I made enough money to buy a home and save a little money, but I never truly took any risks. It wasn’t until after I became a parent that I realized that I didn’t want my life to consist of the same mundane thing day after day. I hated only seeing my son and family a few hours in the evenings after spending most of the day working a job I didn’t love, and I wanted my son to know that he could do anything he wanted in life, lead by my example. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. This may be true, but I don’t quite live by that philosophy…

I’ve found that taking little risks every day can add up to something great. It’s about choices. What choice is going to push me just a little bit more out of my comfort zone? What is going to make me and my family proud?

Things don’t always work out the way you hope, but if you can recognize opportunities when they are in front of you, you can make the choice to seize them or not.

I already had a steady flow of gigs from performing over the years, so after everything with 2020, I made the choice to not renter to the tech/software world and make music my full time career.

That risk, that choice to go all in, and my willingness to put my entire heart into it is ultimately what lead me to the success I have been seeing today. You have to be willing to take risks, as long as you are also willing to put in the work.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
From the age of 6, I was in choirs and singing karaoke at country fairs, participating in talent shows, and singing all the time! I started teaching myself guitar locked in my bedroom all alone for hours and hours and hours in high school.

Ultimately, getting out of my bedroom and performing in front of an audience, no matter what the size, is what helped me grow the most.

It’s difficult to get people to buy into you and your music at first. The more you do it, and the more you believe in yourself, the more everyone else will!

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?
We’d hit up downtown Bozeman, have dinner at Dave’s sushi and then catch a show at The Filling Station!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to all the local gallatin valley musicians who are working hard at their craft, to the venues who support live music, and to my family for supporting me!

Website: amandastewartmusic.com

Instagram: @amandastewartmusic

Facebook: Amanda Stewart Music

Youtube: Amanda Stewart Music

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