We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Lorin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk taking is absolutely a necessity for any budding artist. It allows you to think outside of the box and take chances on yourself. I will always bet on me. Taking leaps of faith may not always work, but a lot of the times I have been pleasantly surprised at the miracles that have come. If I fall, I’ll fall on my feet and try something else. Nothing wrong with trying again, as long as you’re trying. Risk has played a massive role in my career as I’ve changed genres a few times against the will of labels and management. I followed my own intuition and gut even though it cost me quite a lot of special and prestigious people in my life. I’ve rebelled so many times, taking chances on new sounds and new music even though others didn’t agree and it always turned out better than I could dream. So, that all being said, risk taking is very important to me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I come from the south and truly believed I’d be a veterinarian growing up given my obsession with animals and wanting to help. All of a sudden, I got scouted on the street by a photographer for Elite models and thought why not? Could be fun. So I jumped and started modeling at 9 years old with one of the most prestigious agencies in the world. Then I started acting thinking that could be fun, too. I ended up working quite a lot, flying all around the U. S., living a dream at such a young age as well as working for different charities. My parents backed me all the way. I was very fortunate. Meanwhile, I was also singing in choirs and professionally touring in Broadway shows as well so I always kept busy while trying to maintain a ‘normal kid’ life at school and with friends….: but that all changed. I started getting severely bullied and lost friends and was even bullied by the teachers. So I started having a hard time. At 13 years old, I was asked to audition to sing the national anthem at the U. S. Open amongst 5000 other children and I ended up being 1 of the 10 selected to sing and I performed solo at the semi-finals. That was it and the music bug bit me. I fell deeply in love with singing more than anything else and it became my passion. My mom played old school records in the car everyday and I fell so in love with the idea of it all – being an icon, a rockstar, someone who could move the world with a song. So, my whole family up and moved from Atlanta to NYC so I could pursue my dreams and escape the harsh reality of how my friends treated me and the fear of constantly being bullied. I kept on with my dreams and went to a much better school where I was accepted for being an artist and being different. I ended up landing a reality show for a year called The Next Big Thing when I was just 16 and it changed my entire life. It was on Oxygen and E! Network. I started to get recognized and I started to make my own music. I started in dance music because it made the most sense given my avid dance background. I absolutely loved it.. Touring around nightclubs and bars being underage getting bottle service with my backup dancers. It was an insane time of my life and I was having a blast but certainly missing out on my youth. I then get a phone call to work on a feature with Pitbull and Omar Cruz and I thought it was a prank call… but it in fact was legit and we charted all over the world with a song called ‘Burning Up The Club’. At this point, I was about to turn 18 and I got sick of the dance scene, lip syncing and playing nightclubs all the time so I decided to rebel and pull a 180. I went heavy into rock music and worked with world renowned producers and thought that’s where I belonged. I felt at home. I released my first single called ‘I Hate You’ and without a label it charted on Billboards Active Rock Top 40! I was performing at massive festivals and toured my bum off … but in all honesty, I got real tired of screaming and almost lost my voice… permanently. I was working too hard and it was grueling, touring constantly with no breaks. I stopped everything for a few months and felt I fell at a crossroads, basically stood in limbo. I then switched management and plans and fell into the alternative route. I never felt so free as an artist and just comfortable with where I was and what I could write about. I worked with incredible people and it landed me here, over a million views on one of my newest singles ‘Kerosene’ and millions of views on YouTube of all my latest music. It’s been a dream and I’m where I belong now. I recently lost my father, my hero and biggest supporter and it was the worst day of my life and have now survived 2 incredibly abusive relationships. The latest one got physically abusive and I almost lost my life. So I now feel like I have an enormous amount of material to write and things everyone can relate to. It’s become my therapy as well, as much as it is for everyone else. Though this road has had ups and downs and unexpected turns, I wouldn’t change it if I could. I live for the grind and I love what I do, as challenging as it may be sometimes. I’ve learned so many lessons along the way and I feel like a totally new human every 5 years, ever evolving. Learning to be careful who I trust and what I invest my time in. Nothing comes easy and nothing is overnight, you’ve gotta work for it and I promise it will pay off.
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 would love to shoutout and thank my family for guiding me through this crazy life. I don’t know what I would do without my mom and of course the support of my dad, even though he’s not here anymore. I love you guys, my brother Josh, too. I’m grateful for my entire team and everyone who has believed in me and my project, I wouldn’t be where I am without all the moving parts and helping hands. My management, co-writers, producers, directors, photographers, agents, publicists, my digital marketer and my distribution label etc. I’m very blessed and certainly grateful. I have an incredible team behind me.
Photos by Jen Rosenstein, Braverijah Gregg, and Lindsey Byrnes