We had the good fortune of connecting with Itzel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Itzel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is a challenge for me but it’s a task I’m willing to conquer because it helps me become a stronger and fearless individual. Yes, it’s hard for me to take risks with every little moment in life but as my mom said, life is not easy, and she’s right, it’s not. It’s also the best part because all the hard work and efforts lead to another level with new challenges to face, why else would you be doing it? At least that’s how I view the word. I meet and talk to so many different individuals who do all these amazing things. One question that always crosses my mind is how did theh end up there? They might say hard work, perseverance, etc. but the root to all those is taking risks. Anyone and anything will take a risk at somepoint and as terrifying as it may look, you will do it. I personally know you can. No matter the situation, you will have a breakthrough and you will be proud of yourself for doing it. As for me, I want to keep on taking risks everyday because everytime I do I feel proud of myself, I didn’t back out. That’s the most important achievement to me, actually doing it and conquering the moment because I took the risk.
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.
We are all human so we all have some emotion to some level. Some of may have stronger emotions than others but emotions are powerful when they want to be. I love to express that in my music. I love to write, play, create, pretty much all the components of music. I love it all. I am so proud of my growth as an artist and how far I have come since I’ve began. I remember feeling so nervous and anxious all the time because I always felt like I was doing the wrong thing. I was wrong. All that negative talk only made me work harder because I knew I was good at my craft and now I feel like I am on the right path and I can only get better from here. It wasn’t easy getting to where I am because I went through hardships and mishaps in my life that really made me feel as if I was backtracking myself back to an unhealthy state of mind. That really made me test myself and my existence as a whole. I learned that I am way stronger than what I think I am. I realized I have come all the way to this point of my life so I was just gonna put a stop to it right then and there? Of course not, I knew better so I kept on going. I not saying it’s all sunshine and daisies now, but there will always be obstacles to overcome and it will make me stronger, I know it will. On the other hand, I care alot about mental health it is so important to me because I personally have been struggling with mental health for a majority of my life so not only do I want to make music but I want my music to make people feel good about themselves. I want my music/art to let people know they belong and if they feel like they don’t, then they can come and give me a hug. I believe we all have a chance in this world. It’s ok to feel worthless, hopeless, or dead but we shouldn’t let those feelings cripple us entirely even though they try to. With that sadness there will always be happiness to come and vice versa. I want my art to transcend that to whoever listens to my music. Yes, no one is happy all the time but no one can stay sad forever although it might seem like it in that very moment. To whoever listens to my art I want you to know that I love you very much and you are made of magic that brings light to this crazy world we live in. Words will never express how much I appreciate each and every one of you who listens to my music. Just know that my love goes out to you and you are stronger than what you think and what people tell you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well in los angeles there is such a diversity so many people and places to see. Times like these make me wish my memory was better. I would definitely recommend food for sure because food is great. First of all, Corner burger the definition of hidden jem. I feel only people who live near it know about but now I’m telling all of you. Its inexpensive, has a variety of American food and my friends and I go to it all the time. Lucky star cafe is a spot me and my family went to all time and it still good to this day. It has all the Mexican classics. Mi zacatectcas is also I restaurant I recommend if you’re looking for authentic Mexican dishes.
Redondo beach pier is a nice place to visit if you’re in the area and mood to go to a beach with little shops all around.
Little tokyo and Korea town are two of my favorite places in all of los Angeles. The Japanese and Korean culture is so vibrant I love the energy and I never want to leave when I go there.
I recommend palos verdes. The beaches there are so beautiful and it makes you feel like you’re the only one left on earth.
Torrance coffee and tea in Torrance is a hidden jem if you’re looking for some open mics. They the perfect little cafe to perform open mics at. I performed there a few times.
Lastly Hollywood I recommend sunset blvd. I don’t know what it is about it but I love it every time I go. Rock and roll lives there. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out to my family because they have always been there for me through thick and thin, my ups and downs, pretty much all of my life and they have shown me what it means to stick together no matter what. I will always love them for that, duh. I want to show my appreciation for my friends, they know who they are. They have shown me what real friendship is and they have given me nothing but endless support and love, they are the best human beings on this planet. All the musicians/artists who have come before me to pave the way for me and continue to fuel my love of creating music. All of them have inspired me to keep moving forward and I will continue to pave the way for all those who will come after me.
Other: My bands Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/sunset_sirenband
Semajae Brown, Myself (Itzel)