We had the good fortune of connecting with Mia Mormino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mia, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is my authenticity and dedication. I firmly believe that anyone can be successful as long as they are true to themselves and put in the work. I make music from my heart’s most vulnerable, genuine place and keep. going. even when things get tough. That’s what’s led me to be where I’m at today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Since the age of three, I’ve always been heavily immersed in the world of art/creative expression. My love and admiration for music began when My mom and dad put me into my first dance classes: tap, ballet, and jazz. By the time I was a senior in high school, I had held the title of first place overall soloist winner for my solo to “Pyre” by Son Lux. Dancing was such an incredible source of self-expression, but as I started getting older, things began to shift. At the age of 16, I was involved in my first “serious” relationship, which was incredibly verbally and mentally abusive. In the past, I’ve always used the phrase “unfortunately” when describing that relationship, but looking back, if it weren’t for being treated like actual garbage, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. At that time, dance wasn’t fulfilling my depressed state as much as I needed it to, so I thought, “Hey. Let’s try writing a song about what I’m feeling instead”. That’s when everything clicked. I was like, “I GOT THIS,” and proceeded to write, record, and release my first single, “Conflicted.” Once I got my feet wet, everything else started falling into place. Falling into place meaning I found exactly what I wanted to do with my life and promised myself that I would never stop. I then wrote, recorded, and released 13 original singles, directing/producing/writing three original music videos and featuring in an additional nine singles/music videos in 2019, my first full year creating music professionally. If anyone says that the road to achieving what they want is challenge-free, they are flat out lying to you. No way on earth to start a business from the ground up, whether a cupcake shop or a music career- is easy. The challenges you face along the way make the result/journey that much more worth it and rewarding. Okay, now that I got that off my chest, I will answer the question…because I have had my fair share of obstacles. Starting in 5th grade, I developed body dysmorphia. I had my best friends call me fat, and all of the boys would run away from me because I didn’t necessarily “fit in” with the rest of the kids. Fast forward to high school and combine years of self-esteem issues with a boyfriend who called you a whale and “jokingly” told you to kill yourself, and you, my friend, have a recipe for disaster. By the time I hit high school, I had suffered from eating disorder tendencies, was severely suicidal, self-harmed, and drilled into my brain that I was worthless. But, as I had mentioned before when describing that first relationship, I honestly wouldn’t trade any of the hardships I’ve been through for the world because if it weren’t for those many moments of wanting to give up, I wouldn’t have learned so quickly what it means to push through. There have been so many moments in my music career where I’ve felt/feel like I’m just not talented enough, or I’m just not pretty enough, or I’m just not skinny enough. But after thinking things through, I always remind myself that if I can get through times where I felt death was the better option, I can get through anything. It sounds dark, but that’s because it is. Life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine, and that’s just how it goes. My ability to sing about everything I just mentioned before sets me apart. There is nothing I won’t and don’t write about, which makes my work’s relatability levels outshine any other up-and-coming female pop artists. I know my purpose on this planet is to connect with others through the art of my music, and it’s only a matter of time until the world catches on. Hopefully, after reading the paragraph above, you understand I’m not a cocky, self-centered person. It’s taken me many years, medication, and therapy, to find my inner confidence and speak on behalf of that. But don’t be fooled; the amount of self-doubt I experience every single second of every day is insane. But, if you only put negativity out there, only negativity is what you’ll receive. It’s all about manifesting your future. We can literally create our dream lives if we genuinely allow ourselves to take control and mentally go there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Sunset Blvd!!!! There’s nothing more iconic than the endless amount of live music venues, great bars with even better (but pricey) cocktails, and the beaming lights of the massive billboards. The energy is infectious, and you TRULY never know who you will meet!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m dedicating this shoutout to my incredible therapist, Audrey Newmont. She is single-handedly the most powerful, genuine, and impactful person I’m so blessed to know. If it weren’t for her, I legitimately wouldn’t be living on this earth. Audrey has given me the tools to see myself in a new light and to forgive myself for the self-judgment I’ve so heavily been suffocated by. I cannot express enough how much I love and appreciate everything she has done for me. She is truly one of a kind.
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