We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennie Gold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennie, what’s your definition for success?
Success is a feeling. That’s where it starts anyway. It’s about feeling free, valuable, and worthy of joyfully expressing your authentic self, which ultimately leads to meaningful connections with other people. It is measured internally. Once that’s in place, more familiar external cultural markers of success can flow in.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Music is energy. My voice is energy. I often struggle to make my music technically perfect. I love the idea of perfecting my craft, but the reality of my journey in my career has been to learn to let go of perfection and let my voice and the pursuit of feeling good in making my music be enough. And that’s where my best performances come from. The most helpful people in my career have been the ones who let me do my thing and guided me to work smart, not hard. They’ve allowed me face my biggest challenge: a change in perspective. I thought I was a lazy artist, but I was actually setting impossible technical standards for myself. I was addicted to judging my work. With some help, some rest, and some play, I found a way to let the joy of making music rest on all the work I’ve already put in. It’s a balance. Getting out of my own way has been the key to letting creative energy flow.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Having company stresses me out. I have lived here for 8 years, and I still can’t decide where to eat. If you came to visit me, I’d pick you up at the airport, probably a little late, I would take you back to my apartment so I had more time to panic before we had to decide where to go, and then I’d look up somewhere I’d never been in the hopes it would be impressive. Then we’d go and it would be closed because I forgot to check to hours, and they’re only open for dinner, not lunch. I’d take you back to my apartment, apologizing profusely, make you a smoothie and offer you a pickle while you wait. Then we would go to the beach. For dinner, we’d order pho on DoorDash from wherever was open. What I’m trying to say is: don’t ever plan anything. It’s a waste of time. Discover the city, meet interesting people, and always check the hours when you are heading to a restaurant. Oh, but you should definitely go to Auragami and get your aura photo.
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?
This is a dangerous question for me because I value my relationships with friends and mentors above all else and I can be quite long winded…
So to keep it simple: Heather Lyle, my voice teacher and so much more. Within weeks of meeting, I followed her all the way to Greece for a Vocal Yoga retreat and later got certified to teach the method myself. She gave me a sense of direction and purpose at what felt like a pivotal moment in my life. Her effortless approach to the voice reminds me that singing is supposed to feel good.
I also want to dedicate a special shoutout to my good friend and guitar teacher, Dan Leonard. Quarantine granted me time for lessons, and Dan helped me focus my chaotic creative energy while still honoring my muse. His insight and wisdom continue to encourage me to step outside of my comfort zone in both songwriting and performance.
To all who who stoke the creative fire within, I am eternally grateful.
Other: SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jennie-gold-711232906
Elif Karakoc (@elifsanemkarakoc)