We had the good fortune of connecting with Elmer Abapo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elmer, why did you pursue a creative career?
Over the years, I’ve definitely recognized that making music and writing songs is something I’m good at and it’s one of the main things I can never get tired of. Even if I wanted to stop, I don’t think I could because the ideas in my head won’t ever stop.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The current direction of my music now is centered around self-love and encouraging people to believe in themselves. It’s a manifestation of the books and mentors that helped shaped me into becoming a more confident individual. Maybe that will change in the future, but right now, I just want to share what has helped me grow through my music.
I’ve always been artistically inclined in one way or another, but the biggest struggle was getting over what my parents thought of it.
Long story short, I had to get over what they thought if I was to ever become my own person. I have to make my own mistakes and learn on my own.
It’s just ironic, because my parents had me take piano lessons when I was younger. So they definitely helped water the seed that grew into the career they aren’t fond of lol.
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 actually don’t have a great answer for this. My girlfriend and I are relatively new to LA and are still discovering gems within the city.
But our place for relaxation is the quiet part of Santa Monica Beach. We take a trip every now and then to work on our journals and watch the sunset.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My journey in pursuing what I want started with this little book called ‘The Slight Edge’ by Jeff Olson. The main concept behind the book is that success and failure is built off of small habits that we do each day that compound over time. The little things matter.
That book has changed how I view myself, as well as all my actions that I take each day. It’s been quite a few years since I first read the book, but I can for sure say that since that time, my overall well-being and life has improved drastically.
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