We had the good fortune of connecting with Janet Robin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janet, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
If you absolutely love what you do, you must not give up. If you can’t support yourself completely by what you love to do, then you must subsidize it perhaps with another job, but you still have to keep your priorities on making what you love to do as your main living. If you work hard and you make all your decisions carefully, things will work out. Make friends, make allies, help people and people will help you, but be wise about who you help. Keep humble. Take opportunities but don’t be an opportunist. You can’t take anything for granted. If you reach a point where you are not enjoying the job you’re doing then it may be time to give that up but only do that after you’ve tried your best and you’ve extinguished all other possibilities.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself a working musician. I make my living playing music- and that consists of a lot of things. Recording sessions. Touring. Teaching guitar lessons. Releasing music. If I can pay my rent and make a living doing all of these things, then I feel like a success. This was not easy. It has required a lot of sacrifices a long the way. Failed relationships, the choice not to have children- all of these contributed to my focus on working as a musician. You have to be willing to make sacrifices at times, for success. However, as time has gone on, I’ve learned that sometimes taking time for family and friends is also important and to try and balance that as best possible. Sometimes stepping away from a project for a bit can be good to get a new perspective so that you can come back with more energy and creativity.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, since I’m a musician born and raised in Los Angeles, I would definitely take them to some of the famous venues here in LA like The Whiskey A Go-Go. The Roxy, The Rainbow. The guitar walk of fame in front of Guitar Center. Then again, LA has so much to offer and I love the “old” Hollywood vibe too. So one has to see Hollywood Blvd as well as the Chinese Theater. I am also a fan of music and belong to The Magic Castle, so I would take them there. And then of course, there’s the beach…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to credit my parents as my main support in life and career. I was lucky to have parents that believed in me and let me follow my passion- music. I think they realized at some point I was so happy making music there wasn’t really anything else I could do. They did give me lot’s of advice along the way and that definitely helped shape me- and my decisions. I have to shout out to my guitar teacher growing up, Randy Rhoads. I was his youngest and his only female student. He could care less. He only expected me to practice and be as good as I could be. This helped shape my self-esteem as a young girl growing up wanting to play rock n roll guitar. I had many future mentors along the way- Nancy Wilson from Heart, Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac. All of these people gave me the confidence I could make it work a musician. Maybe I wouldn’t become as rich and/or as famous as them, but they still made me feel that if I worked hard, I could make a living as a musician. Lastly, my wife, family, and friends have always been there for me.. coming to shows, buying my music, and supporting me all along the way, and continuing to do so.
Other: My all guitar band is: https://thestringrevolution.com https://open.spotify.com/artist/3a92Lwi4cm5FadiUpIpizcv