We had the good fortune of connecting with Noelle Chiodo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noelle, why did you pursue a creative career?
All of my life I have been so passionate about music and creating art in general. I was one of those people that didn’t have a lot of friends growing up, was super shy, and didn’t know exactly how to talk about or express my feelings, so music and all of the art surrounding it has always been my outlet of expression. As I grew up, I began to realize that I wanted to build a career in music and there was absolutely no other way that I wanted to spend my days.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a pop artist and songwriter and have been doing music my whole life. I started building a career when I was about 15 years old and started gigging all over my home town of Las Vegas! It was me, my guitar, my Costco amp, and a fake ID and the more I got booked for work, the more confident I grew that I could actually have a career in music and I haven’t stopped since!
The music industry holds so many lessons, but I think the most important ones are you have to be business savvy and you have to sacrifice and have a great deal of work ethic to be successful in anything you do. There are no such thing as “breaks” that people are always talking about; however, with work ethic, focus, and sacrifice you can practice your craft and prepare, so that when opportunities do come you are ready to take them. Also, you have to truly believe in yourself and your craft.
2021 is a year that I am very excited about! I have been working on a lot of music and DJ collaborations that I will be releasing this year and I am excited to start releasing music again and am enjoying the whole creative process of creating the visuals as well. With my music, I always want to take the listener into an “experience” sonically and visually.
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 am from Las Vegas, but am based in LA now and to be honest I don’t know many places in LA yet, so I’m going to answer this question referring to my hometown of Las Vegas because that’s where I was born and raised!
There is so much more to do in Las Vegas than people realize. For starters, we would do all of the tourist Vegas stuff; including, walking the Strip, watching the Bellagio water fountain, walking through the Bellagio botanical gardens, and doing dinner one night on the Strip and maybe hitting a club for a little bit. During the trip, we’d also have to go hiking in Red Rock in the morning, which I absolutely love and then hit a brunch spot for mimosas and delicious food. Eventually, would also want to hit Downtown Las Vegas to walk Fremont street and check out a few of the bars. And for a chill day, I would want to bring them to one of the more “local” style casinos to the pool to lounge all day and then hit a happy hour in the early evening and maybe a thrift shop or one of the record stores!
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?
I give so much credit to my middle school/ high school music teacher, Mrs. Youmans! She has always shown nothing but support and belief in my goals and also taught me so much about focus, discipline, drive, and striving for greatness from being in choir through out the years and competing in vocal competitions. I believe that as a teacher, she really helped shape a big part of who I am today.
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