We had the good fortune of connecting with Lie*Lac and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lie*Lac, how do you think about risk?
I think my career choice in general comes with a lot of risk. Being successful in the music industry comes with the knowldege that everything you do is going to be scrutinized and held under a microscope to the highest degree. It also means forfeiting your privacy/the ability to do a lot of everyday things; It’s not a position you can just clock out of at the end of the day. I think there’s also a lot of risk in being so vulnerable with art that gets shared with the world, because not everyone is going to like you or what you do. Some will even go out if there way to criticize it at every turn, and that can be very hurtful and discouraging. There is alot about being a musician that takes a lot of courage in my opinion, and there’s a lot of room for error. But I also think the stakes being so high is what makes it that much more worth it when you make it. It definitely is worth all the good, bad, and ugly it comes with, and I hope to be in a position to do it full time in the near future!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an artist through and through. My main focus is music but I honestly dabble in all things creative; they just have such a soothing and healing nature about them. What sets me apart is my mission. I’m not here to be the most famous person in the world, or for the money, clout, etc. I am here because I know the impact music has had on me, and is capable of having on others. I literally wouldn’t be alive without music, it’s the one thing that makes me feel whole. It holds me when I’m upset, it celebrates with me when I’m happy, it’s always there when I have felt like no one or nothing else is. It’s so incredibly powerful, and I just want to create the same safe space it has given me for others.
I got to where I am today by a lot of hard work and constant research. I am independent; no management, no teams, no editors, no PR. I have edited every single video I post, written every song I sing, booked all my own shows, done all my own marketing, etc. It definitely isn’t easy, it’s incredibly challenging to be your own team/brand. I overcome it on what feels like a daily basis because I just can’t picture myself doing anything else. I am so hopelessly in love with it. But I have learned a lot along the way, mainly TRUST YOUR GUT! I have had people show me their true colors in this industry, and I still chose to give them the benefit of the doubt when I should not have. Or even simpler decisions such as not releasing things that I am not 100% happy with and trusting my gut on that. Trusting yourself is so important in all aspects of life.
I want the world to know, that my brand and my story are things I know and have been through. I do make fun songs here and there, they’re always needed. But a lot of them are based on things I’ve been through, or mistakes I’ve made that hopefully others can learn from. I genuinely just want to create a space for others to heal and grow in, and hope I can achieve that!
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 feel I owe a shoutout of course to my friends, family, and boyfriend. They all have encouraged me to do things beyond what I thought I was capable of, and are always there to cheer me on. I also owe a huge thank you to the people that support me on social media. Social media can be a really vitrolic and toxic place; but it can also be a place where people help you flourish. I owe so many thanks to the people who do everything to help me achieve my dreams, but also care enough to notice when I don’t post/am not doing well. I appreciate every single person that has decided to come with me on this journey because there are more than I can even fathom and that’s a beautiful thing.
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