We had the good fortune of connecting with Naomi August and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Naomi, why did you pursue a creative career?
As cliche as it may sound, my career path kind of chose me. I come from a family of musicians, so I feel I was naturally inclined to pursue this line of work. My cousins use to make fun of me for always turning everything I did into a beat or melody of some sort. If I washing dishes, I guess I annoyed them with how I would maybe bang a spoon randomly or always had a song reference to anything that was said. I promise I am not that bad now haha.. but I do still think of everything as to how it relates to music in some form. This career path has been and still is, what feels most natural to me. I couldn’t see myself sitting in a cubicle, reading a script to angry customers.. I tried it.. not my thing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
If the world only gets to know one story about me, I hope its a story that tells others what it means to be consistent in your career choice. I feel a lot of us get to caught up in the end result and become inpatient with ourselves. We tend to neglect the beauty that is the process and how it’s never “success – destination arrived”. This path I have dedicated myself to is not easy in any way, especially with social media and how now, it feels as if everyone considers themselves to be on the same playing field. The world has no secrets anymore and if you want to make something, you can google a template pretty much for anything you can think of. The mystery of how is gone but if you’re smart, you learn how to navigate with your previous analog information and combine it with all this new age digital world has to offer. I don’t like to knock what’s new, instead I embrace it and learn how to use it to enhance what I do. As far as to what sets me apart, I don’t have a clear answer for that.. yet. I guess I am not much different than others who want to become successful with their music, but for me… I do see fame as a byproduct. I want my music to be louder than me and if I continue on the path I am on.. I think my music will continue to “sing” for itself. Sometimes I don’t pause long enough to really understand what I have accomplished. In hindsight, there is so much to be grateful for but I am always being pushed by some magnetic force forward and this overall sense of… I might of did great but could always do better. The main lesson I have learned is that you have to trust your dopeness, trust the process and come to terms that the process is the successful part… if anything you pursue gets to be pursued and you get to constantly level up.. you are on the right path.. you are successful but you just have to keep it moving!
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?
I have lived in Los Angeles now, 4 years.. I still feel very new and wish I knew more places to visit. So if anyone has advice for this, hit me up! For the most part, I know a lot about outside of Los angeles – in California still.. that I casually enjoy, which is all the amazing nature around us. You kind of forget sometimes you are surrounded by mountains and seasons all year long. Driving up the coast is one of my favorite things to do. It’s one of the main reasons why I moved out here besides career opportunities.
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 shoutout goes to my big brothers!! Swift, Bruce, Yazid, Ruben and Russel. I signed with The Made Series/Extreme Music back in 2015 and have been able to create a lifestyle that encompasses my music and other creative outlets full time. All of them have MAJOR accomplishments and have allowed me to sort of stand on their shoulders to get to my goals faster. My music has been and still is heard worldwide and I don’t think I would of been able to do this had I not, by fate, encountered these guys and made the decision to work pretty exclusively with Made/Extreme.