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

Hi Jaime, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that taking risks is the only way to grow and propel yourself into the next stage of your life. When you decide to take a risk, you’re faced with uncertainty, which can either be daunting or exciting, (depending on how you look at it).

It’s a wonderful thing to do because it forces you to challenge your current self. Think of who you could become if you snapped your current beliefs in half and created new ones. You have no choice but to grow when you throw yourself into the unknown!

In my own life, I don’t regret any of the jumps I’ve taken. I quit my 9-5 a few months ago, so I could take my creative endeavors more seriously and I didn’t have a definite job set up yet. Definitely a risk. At the time, I was starting to see how sweet life could be (if I could only move out of my own way…).I was lucky to have people in my life who were pushing me to take chances and be in the moment, reminding me of that big picture:

We are all going to die one day.

Once I made that leap, instantly everything started flowing and I got my creative spark back. I just had my first show in LA ever, that was a huge moment. Very grateful to be here now.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
The thing that I’m most excited about right now is the music that I’m going to drop this year !!! (finally)

I’ve spent a lot of time exploring different sounds and have made a lot of music since my last release. I took a moment to ponder and figure out who I am and what I want to put out into the world. This new music is sweet, very personal, feels like an explosion almost. I feel like a child when I’m creating, a lot my songs remind me of a tantrum, or a plea that builds with intensity throughout the record. Making music actually helps me process the things that are happening to me as I move through my life, same with journalling. The music you’ll hear in the next 6 months helped me transform into the person I am now.

When the pandemic hit, I went through a lot mentally. There was a lot that I hadn’t acknowledged that was rising to the surface. My mental health was so low that I’d honestly forgotten why I started music in the first place. Nothing was bringing me joy. I didn’t even feel like an artist at a certain point… felt like I’d completely lost my purpose.

But, I still felt pressure to follow up my past work. So I was still putting things out but I found myself running my career on autopilot… like I was trying to create these grand visuals and records. I always had the desire to make music videos/cool photoshoots to go with my music, but it’s hard to do when you’re struggling internally. I know there’s a lot of artists out there that go through this, I’ve had many lengthy conversations about it.

So I took a break, because I wasn’t present, and frankly my life was kinda depressing. Life is so different now, in a good way. Thats just how it goes.

I want the person reading this to know 2 things:

1. You have time.

2. Put your mental health first. We are far too often our own worst enemy.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d definitely take them to my favorite thrift stores, there’s so many gems you can find. I just like getting creative with people, whether it’s going to a show or being in the studio… at the beach and writing a song. I love drawing & painting. Going on adventures gives me life. But I think my favorite thing to do, is bringing friends up on my rooftop and sharing a meal…we always end up talking and laughing for hours up there. It’s my lil peaceful oasis.

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 this to everybody who spoke life into me, when I didn’t feel like creating or sharing. Shoutout to my supporters, to my team, to my close friends and family. This is for the people who stuck by me, even when there was no music dropping, no plan, or faith in myself. Thank you for keeping me going through my darkest moments. Let’s all rise together.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaimecope/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaimecope_

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtcHVEVWwL7Fj4-oXX-ztFg

Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/74NHGPjDif9KNh36oGp7th https://soundcloud.com/jaimecope

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