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

Hi Emily, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking has never been easy for me, but it’s something that I’ve had to learn to take control of. In order to pursue a career in this industry, I strongly believe that you have to feel comfortable taking risks, or else you won’t get very far. Being an artist is about putting yourself out there constantly, and you have to be able to live with the fact that some people may not like you or enjoy your music, and that is okay. Being a people-pleaser myself, this concept has really taken some getting used to (and I’m still working on it!) Pursuing a career in the music industry is a risk, no doubt. We’re not guaranteed success by any means, but that is what makes it so much more exciting when you do find it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an indie folk singer-songwriter! I like to think that my music sets me apart stylistically, along with the stories I tell. I write music about my own experiences, and honesty is a big part of my writing. I’m not afraid to speak about how I’m really feeling or how someone or something made me feel. I’m really proud of the music I’ve released so far, and I’m excited for people to hear what I have coming up next. It took a long time for me to get where I am today. I’ve loved music my whole life, but it really was challenging to believe that this was a career I could actually pursue. Even when I got to Berklee, it took almost 2 years before I started seriously writing music and believing in myself as a songwriter. I have a tendency to get very in my head, and I absolutely hate to fail at things. Back to the risk-taking, it took a lot of time before I became comfortable with the idea that I have no guaranteed success, but that it is worth it to try anyway.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout my first music teacher and mentor, Scotty Perey. I started taking guitar lessons with Scotty when I was 8 years old, and his teaching style completely changed my life. Never have I ever met someone more passionate and welcoming as Scotty. Besides my family, I think Scotty has given me the most support on this career path that I’ve chosen, a path that I wouldn’t have chosen if I had never met him. I’m so grateful for everything he has taught me, and I feel so lucky to call him a close friend and collaborator.

Website: https://www.emilysangder.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilysangder/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-sangder-724683174/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilysangdermusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-x-LvgD0v8D3cveT_ad5nQ

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2h5hC5shpnFfOFGsZ1jLvH?si=LzP3tC_RTAqXvyS3u2GYBw

Image Credits
Jay Eads Caroline Soule

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