We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorensa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lorensa, how do you think about risk?
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” – Denis Waitley This quote is a perfect representation for my perception of risk taking. I am a big believer that if you are staying in your comfort zone, nothing is going to change in your life. We only have one opportunity to live. We have one life and we are here to share our gifts with the world, as well as the next generation. Why shy away from it? Yes, risks are hard decisions that we have to take in order to get what we want in life. This can be challenging and scary, but in the end it can improve your quality of life.
I took a big risk in 2016 and although it was difficult, I do not regret my decision. I have so much pride in myself for pushing past my fears and moving alone to a foreign country. I moved away from Israel, my country, to the United States to pursue my music career. I haven’t seen my sister, who is my best friend, for 6 years now. I rarely see my family and the people I grew up with. I came to the states knowing no English, having no money, and I decided to follow my dream. Here I am today – answering this interview and working in the studio on my next album. I already released a 7 song EP (Layers) and I am about to perform live this month. If I hadn’t have taken this risk – where would I be today?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a piece of me. It is my story. It is who I am. It is something I want to share with the world. I have things to say. I have been through a lot since I was a child but I’ve never let these things determine my vision. I kept fighting through them and I have learned to be grateful that I went through hard times, due to the fact that it made me who I am today. I know I was born an artist, I’ve never doubted this. Every artist is born an artist, and no one can take our natural talent away from us. I feel as though making music is the only thing that kept me going. I know it may be hard to understand, but without creating and expressing myself, things would have been far more difficult for me.
When I was 12 I began to dream of coming to the states to be a big musician. I could envision it, I knew it was my path. Yes, people in my country still think I am crazy, in fact, when I used to tell people my dream, they would laugh in my face as if I were not thinking straight. My country is small and no one from there has ever made it big like Rihanna or Beyonce. It seemed out of reach. I remember after school I would rush home so I could watch youtube videos from live shows of the biggest artists in the world. I would mimic their movements and voices in front of the mirror. When I recall this nostalgic memory, it brings tears to my eyes. I miss these simple days. Now I am here in LA, making music just like I dreamed. Crazy shit.
Frankly, it took me a while to begin to make music out here. I was afraid people were going to judge me because I am foreign and have an accent. I don’t feel as though I fit in anywhere and my culture is extremely religious and small in comparison to America, even the way I speak is far louder than people here. A producer in Miami reached out to me after hearing a song on SoundCloud called ‘Why Me’ that I worked on in Israel before I moved here. It actually was the first time I went to a studio in the states, I couldn’t really talk. I was afraid the producer would laugh at me. I didn’t yet know how to fully communicate in english. The only thing I knew how to do was sing. He asked me, “How come you sing like you are American but you can’t really talk?” I was mortified. Evidently, It took me a while to get the courage to own it that I am a foreign artist.
I am so proud of myself and I wish I could tell my younger self to push through my doubts and jump in head first. Everything we want can happen if we want it enough. I am pushing myself every day to never give up, I often remind myself that life is a journey and that we are here for a limited time. I want to be a hero to girls like me. I want to show them that anything is possible. Life is going to be tough on you but if you keep going you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel blessed, proud, and happy. Remembering where I started brings up nothing but feelings of strength, pride, and empowerment.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles is a beautiful place. I would defiantly start with a good hike. That is the first thing I did when I moved out here from NYC. I needed it for my soul. Then I would go to Melrose and eat Israeli food at a tiny restaurant called ‘Ta’aim’. Nothing is better than Israeli food. Period. Afterward, maybe a nice live show somewhere in the city. Of course, then I will find some pool to get in. California weather is ideal for swimming!
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?
First and foremost, I would like to shutout my producer/engineer – Enzo. I met Enzo right at the beginning of the pandemic, a few months before I moved to LA. I was interning at a studio called ‘Killer Instinct Studios’ which is located next to where I used to reside. When I began, Enzo was working there as engineer. One day I arrived to work to find that nobody had booked any sessions that day, therefore I began to work on my own music. Enzo walked by and showed me his production catalogue. I fell in love with his sound instantaneously and on that day we collaborated on the song ‘Birthday’. This was the first song Enzo and I made together which propelled us into our creative journey as a unit. I am so grateful for this person because he put so much effort into my last project ‘Layers’ and continues to exceed my expectations each and every day. He is the one who comes with me to meetings, new studios. events, music videos, etc. He inspires me consistently to grow as an artist and pushes me to be a more versatile musician. He is always there for me and I am extremely blessed to have him on my team. I can not picture this experience without Enzo.
I also would not be where I am today without my strong support system of friends, fans, and family. They have continued to show up for me by sharing my music, helping me when I feel stuck, and providing me with the love and support I need. I am so grateful to have the people I love cheering me on as I pursue my passion.
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