We had the good fortune of connecting with Francesca Maria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Francesca Maria, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I simply wouldn’t have a career without the risks I I have taken in my life. Starting from moving to New York City from a small town in Italy when I was very young to pursue my dreams, then dropping my dance career to focus on my music.
Every project I start is a leap of faith.
As an artist you don’t know if the project you invested your money, time, body and soul on will be successful but you do it anyways.
Listening to your gut feelings despite what labels and stats say is a risk I took many times to serve my integrity as an artist and human being.
Even Love is a risk so… can we say that we are really living our lives without taking any risks?
I think that there’s no growth without taking risks so yes, my whole career is based on taking a bold step forward even when the outcome is uncertain. This allowed me to tap into my full potential and discover a lot about myself, the business, people, life.
They say “ feel the fear, do it anyways”… it could be my motto.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my career as a professional dancer, it was my passion so I pursued it wholeheartedly then I discovered the need to express myself further and share my story with people because those who inspired me were monumental for me, they ignited a spark in myself that allowed me to push through the many obstacles I had encountered until then.
I’ve experienced many setbacks and encountered several people who told me that I wasn’t going to be able to succeed in my goals. I ignored them, believed in myself, followed my gut feelings and pushed through unapologetically.
I sacrificed a lot, I made the impossible possible so I am a testament that with belief and hard work dreams can come true.
Nobody should kill someone else’s dreams because dreams are life, hope, growth.
Getting into music and songwriting allowed me to express that so when after my first successful music project I found myself having to decide what my follow up single was going to be I said: “I want to make music that can inspire people to believe in themselves and in the realization of their dreams”. That’s how I found my lane.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m in Italy at the moment and well… there’s so much to see and taste here! In the Summer time I’d take them to explore the Conero coast, the countryside and the beautiful medieval villages. After living in the States for many years I can truly appreciate the beauty of my own country.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh boy! Gratitude is huge in my book! I remember EVERYTHING about my journey and I often look back… It keeps me grounded and focused because I know that I still have a long way to go and many battles to fight but I came a very long way!
First and foremost I want to thank my parents for allowing me to discover my passion for the arts and for trusting me to move to the US to chase my dreams.
My dance teachers who saw a spark in me since very young and encouraged me to study and perfect my craft.
My mentors along the way… Maria Torres, Cece Rogers.
Om Ayinde, my first manager who convinced me to develop music and songwriting… I wouldn’t have a career in music if it wasn’t for his guidance!
Cisa & Drooid who produced my breakout single Dale Dale that changed my life.
Craig McClaren, my beloved first booking agent and huge cheerleader.
Those who believed in me and gave me an opportunity like Andreas Lautner at Universal Publishing in Berlin, Zumba Fitness, Andrea Corelli at Sony Music Italy.
The very few friends who stood by me through thick and thin.
Lastly I wanna thank ME for being a warrior, for believing, pushing, crying and still pushing despite the many obstacles.