We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabrina Winter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sabrina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is everything! Without taking risks, you always know what to expect in life. I think you have to take risks if you want to grow and find things you never thought you were capable of doing. If it weren’t for EVERY risk I’ve ever taken, I’d probably be left with more questions than answers, and probably a lot of regret for not taking the plunge when I had the chance to.
As they say, “the greater the risk, the greater the reward”, and I think that is true! If I didn’t make the life changing decision to move to L.A., I probably would have been an accountant my whole life working for a big company. Now, (I’m still an accountant, ha!) I work for myself AND I get to serve all of the clients that I want to — musicians, artists, creatives… and I get the freedom and flexibility to still be a working musician. I just worked the last month of tax season while on TOUR! Who does that?
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 am a bass player, guitar player, and backup singer. I’m currently the bassist in the glam rock band, Love Stallion, out of Denver, CO. We are finishing our second album, “Hot to Trot”, featuring 10 fresh tracks with that familiar 80s rock sound. We just finished filming a new music video for our song, “Rock My Baby”, so look out for that!
Also, I most recently started playing bass for Stephen Wesley, and just finished my first tour with him and his band in April/May 2021. It was such a blast, one of the best times I’ve ever had in my life! I feel very grateful to have gotten that opportunity, especially with the pandemic still affecting the music industry and live music. We are on our second tour of 2021 right now.
I also branch out in genre the most by playing classical guitar — I’m part of a classical guitar duo with Aaron Medina called Guitarmony Duo. We create our own arrangements of popular pop songs and put our own twist on them. We even made our own playable replicas of Miguel’s guitar from the Disney movie, “Coco” last year!
For things I’m most excited about — I’m VERY excited to announce that I just became part of the G&L Guitars family! Getting a bass/guitar endorsement was a goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year, and I am still in disbelief it happened already. I’m pretty proud of that.
It hasn’t been easy to get where I am today professionally. I’ve been able to overcome challenges that I’ve come across with dedication and relentlessness. Sometimes that relentlessness goes a little too far and I overwork myself, something I am constantly working on NOT doing as much. As far as lessons go, I’ve learned to not take rejection personally, and to take criticism as an opportunity to truly improve. It is easy to get hung up on what we aren’t good at, or what we wish we had, especially when we have to face those things. But, I think it is important to recognize what our strengths are too, and be proud of ourselves for how far we’ve come.
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.
My best friend actually DID just visit! I live in Studio City so we spent a lot of time in my neighborhood exploring restaurants along Ventura Blvd — our two favorite spots to eat during her trip were Sushi House and Salt & Straw (cause you have to have lots of ice cream in the summer!). There are a ton of places to shop around there in Studio City, and we also stopped at Dolls Kill to shop too!
With venues opening back up, we went to a couple spots to see music, Universal Bar & Grill, Hotel Cafe, and spent some time at the Rainbow. And of course, you can’t visit L.A. without going to the beach! We were lucky enough to have time to go to both Santa Monica beach and a beach in Malibu.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people deserve a shoutout!
However, nothing has given me the support, encouragement, and community like Gritty in Pink has. Gritty in Pink has been my foundation for music, friendship, mentorship, and FUN for most of my time in L.A. so far. Without my Gritty family, I don’t think I would have the confidence in myself and my abilities like I do now. Big shoutout to Shira, my very dear friend, and founder of Gritty. Shira is paving the way for women to have so much more access to success in the music industry than they do now, including my own. I am eternally grateful.
I also want to shoutout Aaron Hart, Love Stallion’s fearless leader, for all of his support and belief in me, and making late night work sessions fun, Nicole Carson for our laughs together, always lending me her ear and cheering me on when I need it most, and Stephen Wesley, Mike Kindel, and Brandon Allen for believing in me, trusting me, and allowing me to join the band for my very first tour — all three of you have become very good friends in such a short amount of time.
Tay and Seth in Love Stallion, you guys are always there for me and always make our band so much fun to be a part of, not to mention you guys are kick-ass musicians!
Jayelle for being one of my longest and best friends in LA, getting matching tattoos for our birthday last year, and giving me the honor of playing bass on your latest single, “Double Standard” (Seriously, go check it out!)
My dad, for always showing his love and support and coming to all of the shows he can.
And to everyone I didn’t mention, you are all important parts on this crazy journey of life. Thankful for every one of you.
Instagram: @idreamofsabrina, @lovestallion, @guitarmonyduo, @rocknrollaccounting
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