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

Hi Gabrielle, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“Never turn down an opportunity.”

I don’t believe in following every opportunity that comes your way. Some opportunities are not best suitable for us, our energy, mental health or our craft. Your best interest isn’t served by the money of title a job may bring you. There are so many opportunities and when you close one door, another one opens. One of the best pieces of motivation I was told is, “Each no is closer to the yes that is meant for you”.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a fan, giving back to fans. I have always been surrounded by music from a young age. Yes, I was a fan girl of popular pop/rock artists and I still am.

I was a fan of an artist who was having career troubles and I had this burning desire in me to help elevate his career to the best that I could, despite being a fan. Along the way, I had this growing love towards fans because the dedication and love they show and give artists that allow them to have the careers they do.

I was very ignorant at first when starting my career in music. I used to think I knew everything about marketing and managing an artists and I only knew 5% of what actually goes on in an artists career. This gave me the motivation to learn and do more for myself and my career. College is hard and so is working in the music industry, which is mainly dominated by older, white men. Being a woman in music can be a struggle as you are looked down on upon others and people may think your work is not good. Proving those people wrong feels good. Growing as a person in my career is success to me.

Along the way, I have learned:

1. Every no is closer to the yes that is meant for you. Everything happens for a reason. There is a bigger picture everything.
2. Never stop learning.
3. Your path is not linear, there will be negatives and positives along the way.
4. Make a connection with everyone you meet.
5. Listen.

I want the world to know that you can do it. Whatever your career goals are or position you are in, you can follow your dreams. There are a lot of people who want the same exact job or position as you and it is up to you to be the person you want to be. Just do it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Los Angeles is always an experience with memories wherever you go. I love nature and I also love to cook. The beach (never Venice and rarely Santa Monica) is always one of the places you can find me at. I love Malibu and further down at Manhattan beach. I love hiking as well so being in Pacific Palisades, Burbank or even Runyon with a view is a great morning pick me up. I am a huge coffee fanatic and Tilt Coffee shop is a must visit if you’re in LA. You have to get an iced cloud latte with oat milk. 10/10. Food wise, I will tell you all the basic places such as Nobu Malibu, Javier’s in Century City, Urth Caffé and Monty’s Good Burger because they are all an LA staple and a must try, at least once. 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?
I dedicate my shoutout to my parents, Brian and Sherrill Marshall. My mother and father always allowed me to be myself and follow my dreams. They allowed me to move to Los Angeles at a young age to pursue my degree and career in music. They show me love and support each step of the way. If I need advice or help, I know I can always go to them to ask questions or motivation. I couldn’t ask for more and I will always be grateful of the opportunities and life they gave me.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gaby.marshall

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/g-marshall

Image Credits
Brian Padilla

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