We had the good fortune of connecting with Clara Zimm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clara, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson my career has taught me is that there is no such thing as giving a handout; no ones gonna chase your dreams like you are! And no one else is going to give you your dreams except yourself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a music artist and singer/songwriter from Norfolk, VA and recently, I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration through collaboration. I’m very honest in my music, because I write about my life through my perspective. So through collaboration, I’m able to do something in the moment and not think too much, I just have been going off of how I feel, what I am going through in life and who I have been inspired by. I feel like a lot of women will relate to my music, because we all know how it feels to live in our world, and it can be one of a kind. Currently, I’m really excited about releasing my songs and EP. My team and I have been working hard. I’m at a place in my life where I feel good about myself and confident in who I am and who I want to be. What sets me apart from others is my soulful sound. Everything I am saying, I am feeling it. I love performing jazz and blues music because I feel so free and connected to the music up there. And, because my art is a reflection of myself, it is uniquely me. How I got where I am now is through self realization and determination. I’m working harder than I ever have before and learning how to be proud of myself. I’ve learned that my power is the most important thing in my journey and if I don’t let people take my power, then I will always win. I come from a background of musical theatre. At a young age, I fell in love with Etta James, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Billie Holliday. I believe this is true because of my dad, who unfortunately passed away when I was 11. He loved old Hollywood cinema, music and culture and he could also sing. I’m very fortunate that I can do what I love, and I am so ready for the next year to come. I’ve had to overcome a lot of obstacles in my life and am proud of where I’m at. I don’t break easily, so 2022 better be ready.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the best view in the city-which is my old apartment’s rooftop in Venice. You can see the whole city from there and at night, it is absolutely beautiful. Next spot I’d take them is my favorite bar in the city and that is Good Times at Davey Waynes! I used to go there all the time by myself to meet people when I first moved out. 70s themed and live performances it’s a vibe. Favorite place to dine is Canter’s Deli! It’s very niche. Been around for a long time.
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 team! Owen Lantz and Sophie Silver. I wouldn’t be where I’m at without their talent, help, friendship and commitment. Also want to shout out to my mama, Sheila and my family back home in VA. They’ve always believed in me and i’m gonna make all my friends and family proud <3