We had the good fortune of connecting with Mak Grgic and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mak, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When thinking of balance it is important to understand that this pertains to one’s inner and separately outer balance. The inner balance has to do with the level of satisfaction and happiness with the work being done and goals achieved while the outer speaks of time management. I’d love to say that, while sometimes challenging, being an artist makes it easy to love the work – there’s nothing better than a hobby becoming a profession – and to have whole days dedicated to it. I work all the time, 14 hour days on average, and absolutely loving what I do. While using multiple methods of time management, I don’t think of my life being out of balance, more so getting more and more in balance with the work flow increasing. Having said that, it is always good to spend some time with the significant other watching a good movie!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am educated as a classical guitarist, but I would like to think of myself as a curious all-around musician. Leaving dreams of continuing with competitive math and martial arts in Europe after completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, I migrated to Los Angeles, one of the capitals of eclectic thinking. Here I was exposed to arts in all shapes and sizes. The start was rough, as 2011, when I moved, was still showcasing financing struggles from the then-recent crisis. While a student at USC, I had to find ways of sustaining myself and this gave birth to the entrepreneurial side of my career that has since sprung into multi-million dollar fundraisers, founding of big musical networks, such as EuroStrings in Europe, and Library-of-Congress archived cultural effort of the Covid-19 pandemic called Virtual Guitar Orchestra. I enjoy a career of a touring musician, which took time to build, and before the pandemic resulted in 90-100 concerts yearly, but most of all I enjoy thinking of how music impacts us on a global level. I like to believe that coming from a war torn background in the Balkan region of the 90s, I was privy to a perspective that music can always be a beacon of positive hope and so my desire is that my guitar playing, composing and producing small or large scale projects will impact communities world-wide moving forward. In such light, I am hopeful, that my career will continue to be one that inspires younger generations of forward thinking artists, who care about others, while grooming themselves to be game changers in their respective fields.

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?
Easy choices: – Moonshadows in Malibu – Harvelle’s in Santa Monica – Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood – Cosy Inn in Culver City – Genwa Korean BBQ in Koreatown – La Poubelle in Hollywood – 7th & Grand in DTLA Los Angeles is about experiencing each sub-culture present, so I’d advise allowing one day per each ‘city’ within the larger LA area: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills/Bel Air, Culver City, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Koreatown, DTLA, East LA… 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?
My folks for bearing with an ambitious kid, however it was my dad who enrolled me into a music school on a whim! There’s an array of teachers (Anton Crnugelj, Ante Cagalj, Alvaro Pierri, Scott Tennant, Bill Kanengiser, Brian Head, Pepe Romero) who have stood by my side while I learned about music. Other special individuals include Peter Robles, Gilles Godard and Paul Cardall for showing me the other side of music business, Sarah and Peter Mandell for being very supportive of my work and last but not least Meagan Martin, my beautiful and smart partner in life. The list could go on and on, but these are at least a few key people who have proven to be important in my musical development, career and life.

Website: www.makgrgic.com

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Image Credits
Melani Topalovic, Meagan Martin, Felix Salazar, Paul Cardall

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