We had the good fortune of connecting with Rene Villa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rene, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I guess being a musical artist is an act of risk-taking in itself – you really have to put yourself out there in a public way, be vulnerable & think positively that people might actually like you & your work. You could be a sensation or a flunk!
My attitude to risk & the taking of it is simple, even if it is definitely easier said than done – just go for it! just do it!…nobody wants to live a life of regrets and in most cases, you have nothing to lose but everything to gain.
What I think defines risk-taking, and from my own experience, is that it is always harder to take a chance & put your head above the parapet if you have had bad experiences, faced challenges or had to deal with rejection in the past – this type of risk-taking is the essence of personal development in my opinion; it comes from learning from your mistakes & believing in your abilities, it’s powerful stuff & usually requires you to go through an internal process.
At the end of the day, you can’t release your music unless you first take the risk to record it & publish it to an audience for their enjoyment & crucially, their scrutiny – without risk, there is no reward in this business.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Costa Rican singer songwriter who launched my first studio album “Rawr” in 2021 – it featured a collection of songs that introduced me as an artist to a wide audience of listeners.
I’m from the popular beach town of Playa Samara and I am no stranger to writing, recording & performing music and have been doing so since I was 16 years old.
I was fortunate to get my first glimpse of the world of a recording artist when I appeared in the video of Tica star Debi Nova’s “Amor” back in 2013 – back then I started from scratch as “Shory Flores”.
When the pandemic hit Costa Rica in 2020,I had a pseudo-name, “Jay Flores” & I teamed up with Alan Shephard to work on an exciting collaboration “A Tu Lado” for his “The Right Time” album.
Bilingual since I was a child, I pen & perform a range of music in the dance, pop & Latin genres – in both English & Spanish.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a Costa Rican – I’m somebody that grew up immersed in nature & coastal environments, so for me, this is a simple question – my favourite spot is definitely Santa Monica.
What is there not to like about Santa Monica? – it’s a fun spot by the beach, where you can breath in the salty air of the sea, all while having a blast at an attraction on the pier.
It’s a part of this great city but it has quite authentic feel due to the natural & cultural charms – the history & the ocean.
You can’t beat the food either at Santa Monica!
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?
Like most Latinos, I grew up in a big family with lots of siblings & cousins – family is everything to us, the rock on which we stand.
The matriarch of my family was my abuelita – a strong, formidable, proud, fun & good humoured woman with a heart of gold; she bounded us together.
She held us together in the bad times & lifted us to good & better times – her advice was unrivaled by anybody & her energy was infectious; she liked to love, to laugh and she had an insatiable zest for life.
Life can be very cruel, and the price we so often pay for love is loss – our Granny suddenly left us to go on life’s next great adventure in 2020.
It left a big hole in our lives, we all still have a long way to go before we can fit into her boots – but we are determined to make her proud & to make her smile down on us from above.
I am the person I am today because of her love, mentorship & support – she always valued, encouraged & nurtured the talents of her grandkids & for that, I could not be more grateful.