We had the good fortune of connecting with London Mckoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi London, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Before the pandemic, I wouldn’t describe myself as much of a risk taker. Like most, I’ve experienced a lot of changes over the last 3 years, which has forced me to become more flexible. My full time job of 5 years, laid me off which has allowed me to pursue my music career full time. I’ve taken some risk that have resulted in amazing opportunities and connections. But I’ve also spent many nights in tears, wondering if I’ll fail or if I’ve made the best decision. I am learning that the life I desire requires risks and lots of faith. There is no safe way to pursue your dreams and I am fully surrendered to the journey.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My love for music started as a child and developed more into adulthood. My mother is also a singer and introduced me to some of my biggest inspirations like Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, The Stylistics, and so many others. I am most proud of releasing my singles especially my latest single ‘Ease”. This was such an easy song for me to write at the time. I was in the honeymoon stage of a relationship and that stage aways feels so good. I’m a taurus and we are known to be hopeless romantics.
It wouldn’t say this is easy at all. I think the biggest challenge is believing in yourself and what appears to be impossible. Im a very spiritual person so when Im faced with these challenges I pray and affirm myself. Affirmations, prayer, and meditation are a daily practice for me.
Im learning that there is really no time wasted when you are focused on yourself and trying your best. Social media can sometimes make me feel like Im not doing enough or I should be further in life. But that’s what comparison will do to you. When I take time to myself and disconnect, not only do I feel better but I’m less anxious about the results and find gratitude in the journey.
I mentioned some of my musical influences and something they all have in common is the feeling I get when I hear their songs. Thats what i want. I want you to feel my music. I want my songs to be apart of the soundtrack of your life.
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 my shoutout to my support system, my friends. I could never repay you all for the way you pour into me and never allow me to give it up on myself. Love you forever!
I also highly recommend reading “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.
Joe Chea and Pangea Ultima