We had the good fortune of connecting with S.A.E. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi S.A.E., how do you think about risk?
Every successful artist I’ve looked up to has mentioned that taking risks is an important aspect of their success. Being a performing artist, I always have to be prepared to be put on the spot. I have noticed that when I am prepared for a potential risk, I succeed. Taking risks, no matter how scary that can be, provides you with the opportunity to take the step that get you closer to your goals. Through preparation, dedication, and commitment, you build the confidence needed to take those risks.
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’m a singer who loves to perform and write songs. What sets me apart from others is my genre of music. I love classic rock, R&B, and pop. I want my music to combine all three of those genres, which I feel not many artists have done recently. As a young, female African American, I’ve never seen girls who look like me perform or create that kind of music. I want to be able to show others that they don’t have to fit into one small group and they should not be afraid to live outside of the box. I’ve been singing and performing for most of my life. I’m still a little new to songwriting, but I know I’m able to do it and want to get better at it. I’ve been lucky enough to get exposure to several new experiences that will ultimately benefit my music career. Being brave and taking risks has helped me grow my career. It wasn’t easy getting where I am now. There were many things I had to learn and experience before I gained the knowledge of works best for the success of my music career. Trusting in God has been a big help to me as well. I know He has a plan for me and that He has blessed me with a means to hopefully inspire others. My artist name S.A.E. stands for sensitive, anxious, and emotional. People typically look at these three words as negative qualities, but I see these are words that best describe who I am. I want to show people that I am vulnerable and comfortable with who I am through my music and that starts with my name. I want to show people that it is okay to be themselves and to share who they are with others.
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.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, it is the place where I feel most comfortable and at home. The music scene in L.A. is beautiful. I enjoy taking my best friend to music clubs to see other artists perform and sometimes take the risk of sharing my talent with others. It inspires me to continue working hard and I’m hoping it inspires my friend to work towards her goals as well. I would also take her to get Mexican food, which I think it’s the best kind of food in L.A. I know a lot of Angelenos would agree. I love showing my friends every place in Los Angeles that has had a positive impact on my life and introduce them to the people in my life who have inspired my happiness and success.
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 want to give a shoutout to everyone who has continued to push me towards success, especially when I have felt like giving up. My team and my family have always been my biggest supporters. I’m still starting off, but their support and love has encouraged me to work harder to accomplish my goals.