We had the good fortune of connecting with Amira Gadd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amira, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is by always showing up. Even if I was tired or feeling down and not feeling like doing anything, I’d gather my strength to show up. Every time I did, I either meet someone new who’d be crucial for my career down the road, or I’d learn something new that I would’ve missed if I didn’t show up. Also, I found out that many professionals in the industry appreciate that and by seeing me at the same panels, I ended up getting a few job offers from just that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a songwriter and lyricist. I’m also a creative and client services coordinator for a Trailers for motion pictures house. In addition, I consult and mentor about the Sync and licensing world in the music and entertainment industry. I believe what sets me apart from others is that I can balance my creative side with the business and legal aspect of the music industry as I pay attention to details that matter to everyone who is involved, whether it is a collaborator or a music supervisor.
I’m proud that I landed a placement in the “All American” T.V. show this year in Season 3: Episode 3. I am also proud of my two songs “Butterflies” (Cory Young) and “Sunflare” (Emily Anderson) releases as I felt I was stronger as a songwriter than ever before. Also, the release of the cinematic version of “Sunflare” feat. Emily Anderson, was a philanthropic effort to plant trees globally and see how I can help indie artists I collaborate with. I partnered with One Tree Planted to help with planting the trees, dedicated my Bandcamp for the philanthropy and set the campaign between Reforestation day to Earth Day, which is about 1 month. We ended up planting 100 trees globally and I was able to pay my collaborators their fair percentages in the process.
Another project I was proud about is when I got hired as a Lyricist Consultant in a short movie musical called “Somewhere.” Just about 3 years ago, I was told by someone in the industry that I couldn’t just be a lyricist, which was exactly what I wanted to do. But I kept believing in myself and kept working harder. Now, three years later, my name will be on the end credit of the movie as a lyricist consultant and I got paid pretty well. I manifested my dream literally. Also, I helped a bunch of my music friends to get casted for the characters roles in the movie. Last and not least, my mentees and many of my music colleagues always told me I can see where the music can go on the screen and that I can see music, not just hear it. Getting hired recently by the prestigious Garrett Whoosh in his Trailer company allowed me to do exactly that by selecting songs, tracks and cues for clients according to the briefs and many times to the reels when given to me. It’s a dream come true.
It was absolutely not easy. I’ve had many nay-sayers, many financial and time obstacles. I am a mom of three. With Covid and the unexpected stay-at-home schooling I had to get interrupted many many times due to Internet and Wifi lagging or whatnot. I had to be patient and I had to persevere. But I showed up as much I could and loved doing so. Working on anything music related is my passion and in fact, it is my me time. I’ve learned doing what you love and showing up for it absolutely bring good results. I want everyone to know that I absolutely love what I do, that I believe in music and lyrics and that I was gifted this talent but I also work my hardest for it.
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?
If my best friend was visiting my area, I would absolutely take them to Dana Wharf Whale Watching in Dana Point. Going on their boat to watch Whales fluke and thousands of Dolphins swimming near the boat to give us a show is so magical and healing. Then, we will probably go surfing at Doheny Beach then eat Sushi at Samurai Sushi in Mission Viejo. That will be one day. The rest of the week will for sure be at Disney Land, Universal Studios and Knotts Scary Farm if the visit is in October. The most exciting people that I would introduce my friend to would be the artists and musicians that I know who perform. I love supporting indie artists and that will be a fun way to hang out. Last and not least, I would take my friend to watch Coldplay in a concert. They are amazing and they do good for the world.
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?
I would like to give a shoutout to Cathy Heller, John Clinebell, Wendy Griffiths, Mark Frieser, Michael Elsner, Nessa Dove and Garrett Castillo