We had the good fortune of connecting with Nerya Zidon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nerya, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
As an avid reader in the self development realm, I come across many great ideas I enjoy contemplating on. One quote that really hit close to home is attributed to Henry Ford, who said:” Whether you think you can or can’t – you are right”. As creatives who aspire for greatness in our lives and respective crafts, it is often easy to lose ourselves in the daily grind in pursuit of said greatness. During that process, there are a countless moments where fear, judgment and insecurity sneak in and quickly corrupt our minds with limiting beliefs. Once those thoughts and feelings arise, I use this quote as a reminder of just how detrimental my mindset can be to achieving my goals, and that I have more control over it than I would think!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey in music began at the age of 5, and an unusual beginning it was. My mother and I used to accompany my older brother to his weekly piano lessons, and out of boredom (or pure jealousy to be honest) I wanted to learn too. As impure as my initial motives were, once I actually sat at the piano I completely fell in love with music. 22 years later, I have trained in various aspects of music, met incredible people and got to perform with some of my musical heroes (John Patitucci, Zakir Hussain, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Tigran Hamasyan to name a few). Upon graduating from my dream school – Berklee College of Music (B.M in Music Production & Engineering, M.M in Jazz Performance) I moved to LA to begin a new chapter in my career. While I still play, perform and compose, I have become obsessed with the production and sonics aspects of music, expanding my horizons from my initial classical and jazz background, to the realm of pop and hiphop. Many non-musicians see a very narrow aspect of what we do. When attending a concert or listening to a piece of work we put out, they see us at our best and in a very specific point in time. This creates the illusion that music is this fun and effortless thing, which often leads to people discarding its validity as a career path. But what those people see is just the tip of the iceberg. Behind the scenes there are countless hours of hard work, immense frustration and insecurities that creep in daily. On the path towards achieving greatness there are probably more difficulties presenting themselves than celebrations. But on that risky and scary journey the artist gets to REALLY get to know themselves, discover things about the human condition and overcome challenges. As I see it (and as many scientists now agree) we humans are wired to overcome challenges, and actually get neurochemical rewards for doing so in the form of fulfillment. Otherwise we probably wouldn’t have survived much farther than our hunter-gatherer days. So was it easy getting to where I am today? No. Is it easier now? No, It actually only gets harder as you aspire higher. But is it fulfilling and exciting? Absolutely! I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
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?
As In every city I visit, I would probably start with the most iconic landmarks first, those touristy spots that you really have to check off the list if you want to say you have been to LA. So after covering Venice Beach & Santa Monica pier, Hollywood Boulevard, The Hollywood sign and a few others, I would probably take them to some more nature oriented locations. I am personally a fan of hiking and beautiful landscapes, and in not too far of a distance there are very diverse sceneries to check out. In terms of food, LA has a huge variety of great options. From fancier restaurants, to fast food and unique food trucks, and even many vegan friendly spots!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The list of people who deserve credit for helping me get to where I am today is incredibly long, which makes me feel so grateful for having them in my life. I was privileged to have incredible teachers, mentors, friends and colleagues, who inspire, encourage and support me to this day. Moreover, in the information and connectivity age we live in, it is so easy to find mentorship and inspiration in people who will probably never know who you are! Whether through social media, podcasts or books, there are so many great ideas and motivating figures who keep informing and enriching my life.
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