We had the good fortune of connecting with Noelle Denton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noelle, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
So I’ve pursued a lot of different creative paths. I’ve been editing (videos) since age 11, moved back to LA for film school, quit that to go down the acting path for a good while, then started writing music and making my own videos. The “habit” I possess that has saved me from the insanity of the industry is taking breaks when things aren’t feeling right, instead of beating it into the ground. Also, trying all types of artistic mediums, even if its just for fun! My mom would always say “You can’t be a jack of all trades, Noelle.” and that NEVER ever resonated with me because having multiple outlets has saved my life and definitely played a huge role in my “success”.
To me, being successful = simply being happy with what you’re making as a creative.
We live in such a “you-need-a-degree-to-succeed-in-life” world, but I’ve always known that I don’t believe in that. What we want is constantly changing, all that matters is right now – are you happy right now?? I realized pretty early that it’s okay to not fully see something through to the “end” if I really don’t feel like I’m growing from it anymore/at the moment. Even if it goes against all “norms” or what school told you to do or someone else’s success story – listen to your gut. Theres so much freedom when you take that outside pressure off and just listen to yourself.
Every risk and every creative path I have taken or experimented with has lead me to be able to self-produce my current brand. And I’m just now getting started!!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Besides producing the actual music – everything else is me. All the writing, the music video concepts/production design, social media plans, ads, the editing, the promo photos, the artwork, etc. I’m a super visual person so thats such an important and fun part of all of this for me, and the part I’m most proud of. I get to combine my film school knowledge with my music and it makes me realize how much I needed one to fulfill the other. I really want people to recognize that I’m the person behind my brand – there’s no label, there’s no manager or meetings or co-writers. I take pride in being my own team and so I get really excited when I find people that are independent or “underground” artists like me who are responsible for their entire brand as well. (I know at a certain point in someones career, even independent artists, you need a team behind them so I’m mostly talking about the beginning stages of breaking out by yourself.) I’ve learned that if the vision is strong enough and if I believe in the music – I can make it come to life. I won’t put something out that wasn’t exactly what I wanted. Anyone who has worked with me knows how specific and picky I am about my projects.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay I would definitely try to find some local shows (assuming its post-pandemic), take them to Cafe Gratitude (which is the best vegan spot), and show them my favorite Hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. I also love just taking drives in the city, around Hollywood, and bringing my film camera (named Julia Gulia) with us. I love the lights and the chaos and I love the vintage/thrift shops over there. Recently I’ve been making my friends wear colorful party wigs when we go out for an occasion and it’s kind of life-changing. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to hand it to my parents. They always had an instrument around, always encouraging us to do something artistic, always quizzing us on what song or artist was playing on the radio, what the lyrics are saying, the band member’s names etc. My mom is a singer, my dad taught me a lot on guitar and would make my brother and I learn scales when we were grounded!
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