We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina LaRocca and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, how do you think about risk?
They say risk equals reward, which is true, but so is the opposite. I believe the key is being prepared for both in life and your career. I have done some very risky things in my career. Like driving thousands of miles around Europe on my own for three weeks while on tour. Or when I decided to quit my job at a great talent agency and lost my health insurance to pursue becoming a full time musician. There was also that time I dropped everything and relocated to Los Angeles and moved in with someone I had only been long distance dating. Well, the good news is, I didn’t crash on the autobahn or get kidnapped in Europe, nor did I ever regret leaving that toxic job, and that long distance boyfriend? He recently became my husband. My advice? Look for the signs. REALLY listen to your head and your heart. If something DOESN’T feel right in the depths of your soul, then DON’T do it. At the same time, do not let FEAR dictate your decisions either. Are you so afraid to take a chance that it keeps you from ever moving forward? Never trying anything new? That my friends, can be more dangerous than trying and perhaps making a mistake. Think of how much you could be missing out on. Did everyone, including myself, think I was crazy to tour by myself in an unknown country? Yes, but I knew I had the tools and I knew myself. I knew I was an excellent driver, with street smarts from growing up in NYC, and that I loved driving. I doubled down with GPS on my phone and an old school magellan. I was prepared to dive into the unknown. Have confidence in yourself, trust your abilities, even if you are learning along the way. Was it terrifying to quit my secure job to do something with no security? At the time I thought I was out of my mind, but it felt so good to leave that place. The job was literally making me mentally ill. What happened after I walked out that door for the last time? Not even a week or two later I was offered a spot with the Saddle Ranch Fiddlers in West Hollywood and became the only woman on the crew for a time. They took me under their wing and I learned hundreds of songs over the course of two years and became a seasoned played. I released an EP and a full-length album, toured the world, and worked tirelessly to make my dreams come true. Even with the pandemic, I have been lucky enough to say I have still been booking shows and staying busy performing private events to small crowds. I do not regret my decision one bit. The universe shall provide. Does this mean I wasn’t scared to pack my life into a car and move 3,000 miles away to be with someone I honestly didn’t know very well at the time? Of course I was, but I also knew I trusted my sense of character in others. I knew even if it didn’t work out in the end, he was a good individual. I would be taking a chance. Don’t be afraid of failing because the biggest failure is never trying. In reality, we take risks everyday whether or not we realize it or not and just like anything else, it’s about making smart choices, with the knowledge you already have, or are working on. Once you are prepared, go for it!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
2020 has been a very difficult year for musicians but I have been blessed to still get work. I have paired up with my guitarist and between the two of us we have hundreds of songs, and can elevate any event you may be having, even if small. I also do not sit around and wait for the work to come to me. I spend hours online, marketing and pitching us to potential clients. You need to put in the work to get the work! Aside from that, I have a new original song coming out as well called “The New Normal” that I can’t wait for you to hear in 2021!
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.
I personally love the beach and would head to Malibu to do some hiking along the coast.
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 shoutout is to my voice teacher and life coach Tania Solomon. I met her in Los Angeles while working at the agency and started my voice lessons with her. If it wasn’t for her training there is no way I would have had the confidence to leave that toxic environment and go off on my own as a full time musician. I am so blessed to have met her and worked with her. Not only that, she is a breast cancer survivor and is so full of incredible inspiration. Training with her was a total confidence booster. Even if you aren’t planning on becoming a professional singer, she can also train in confidence and in public speaking which is a huge help with interview and many jobs.