We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosemary Minkler and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rosemary, how do you think about risk?
I believe that creative people, especially musicians, are natural risk takers. Performing in front of others takes a lot of courage! It requires being vulnerable. And it also requires a lot of trust: with the audience, the other musicians on stage, and most importantly, oneself. Most every step we make with our career as artists is a risk because oftentimes there is no definite guarantee of success. We act on faith and the fact that we simply couldn’t imagine doing anything else with our lives. The biggest risk that I’ve taken in my career thus far was moving to Brooklyn, New York.

When I graduated from college with a degree in Audio & Music Production, I honestly had no idea where life would lead me or exactly what I wanted to do. But after a month long internship in the city the summer before, I had a feeling deep down inside of me that I needed to move to New York City to discover all the opportunities that were available to me as a musician and audio engineer. I had very few connections, didn’t have a job lined up, and would be moving further from my family. It was definitely an adjustment, but somehow I wasn’t scared. I knew that this was where I wanted to be and that as a creative person I couldn’t have made a better career move. Honestly, living in Brooklyn taught me more about myself as an artist and professional that I could have ever imagined. And for that I am so grateful.

Currently, risk is playing a different role in my life. Because of the pandemic, live performance has been off the table for such a long time. I’ve become comfortable exploring the audio engineer side of me (which has been fun, don’t get me wrong!) because it’s been convenient to work from home. But it feels like a part of me is missing. A part of me misses the butterflies of performing my original music for strangers. I’m so looking forward to taking the risk in the coming and focusing on my music full time again and I know it will be a worthwhile risk because it’s what I love to do.

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’d say one thing that sets me apart from others is that I have a lot of different interests and skillsets. Music technology always interested me and in high school I would often make silly little demos in Garageband. Now, I’ve built on that passion and not only make my own music in Ableton but also teach music production to others. I also have worked alot in the TV/Film world, both on set as an A2 and also in post-production as a mixer. This is something further from my music skills but also plays on my interest in technology. At the center of who I am as a professional though is my passion for music. I love composing and performing but am not set in one style. I often perform with my jazz piano trio and also with my band as a solo artist playing my neo-soul/R&B songs.

All of these different sides of me have evolved very naturally and I think that’s mostly attributed to being myself and staying open-minded. The biggest challenges are only those I impose on myself. I often am very self-critical (which is a very difficult thing to come to terms with as an artist), but letting go and trusting myself is the only way I can keep growing and creating.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Even though I’ve only been to LA a handful of times, there are a few things that I make sure I always do when I’m visiting. One of the first stops I always make is to get a massage at Wilshire Massage – it’s the best massage of your life for a really good price! From there it’s not a far walk to The Grove and The Original Farmers Market. The last time I went to this market I had some amazing Brazilian food and I can’t wait to go back! I also love going to Amoeba music, which is legendary for a reason. Their selection of records and CDs are unlike any other! It’s not far from a lot of the touristy Hollywood stuff, which is fun to do once. And going to Griffith Observatory at any time of day is a great stop to make, but I think it’s especially amazing at night. Can’t wait to be back in LA hopefully soon to explore some new places!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I gotta shoutout my parents. Not only did they inspire my love for music from the beginning (and got me to start taking piano lessons at a young age!), but they have unwaveringly supported my growth as a musician throughout the years. It’s not often that parents are supportive, never mind excited about their child’s desire to be a freelance musician and audio engineer. I really wouldn’t be where I am today without them!

I also want to shoutout all my colleagues – the amazing musicians who have become my friends, whether that’s from college, late nights in NYC, and even Instagram. In particular, Ben “Carrtoons” Carr really inspired me to start singing more and writing my own songs in what has now become my own unique style. And my boyfriend Itamar Gov-Ari who not only supports me in every way, but also inspired me to start producing my own music and makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.

Website: www.rosemaryminkler.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_rosemarymusic_/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RosemaryMinklerMusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1bdAKewo6NayECpvUtXbYA

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6EwSX64cxni9WbYOGJla1h?si=67mQeazKRaW_-VB2qXbyEA

Image Credits
Zack Rubin Photography, Amelia Ingraham

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