We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Creighton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My goal in life is to help people, to make them happier, or to at least put a momentary smile on their faces. That is the main reason I decided to go into the science/research field in college. However, toward the end of my time at Northeastern University, I was feeling very conflicted about what to do in regards to my future. I was about to graduate with an impressive degree, but my heart and soul were pulling me in a different direction. At this time, my life was extremely busy. I was juggling a full course load and a full time job at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, all while being filmed for a Pop! TV Network show that followed my collegiate a cappella group. This was the same time that I experienced something extremely traumatic. A close friend of mine, also a member of the a cappella group, took his own life. We dedicated the rest of our year to making music that would honor him. It was extremely emotional, but very cathartic. When the show aired, I had many people reach out to me on my social media platforms, letting me know that the show had saved their lives, and that the music we made, along with the dedication to Kevin’s memory, gave them a reason to keep living. I can’t fathom anything more profound in my life than to have saved someone’s life. It was not an outcome I expected from being on this TV show, but one that I gladly and warmly welcomed. I was in shock that I could achieve my life goals by doing something that sets my soul ablaze. I always knew I could directly affect and help people’s lives by pursuing my degree after college, but it wasn’t so obvious to me that I could do it through music until that very moment. It was a difficult decision to leave my family and travel 3,000 miles to Los Angeles, but I felt that I had to do it, deep within myself. It’s been the greatest decision of my life! Now, I get to tell stories through songwriting, and the best part about it is hearing how people can relate to the song, finding solace and peace through the music I make.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a songwriter and musical artist. I am extremely proud of myself for taking the leap to move across the country by myself 5 years ago and going after what I want with fervor and passion. It definitely hasn’t been smooth sailing to get where I am today, but I see every roadblock as a new opportunity to grow and evolve as a person. The word “no” is extremely common in the entertainment industry, as I’m sure every blossoming artist, actor, musician, etc will tell you, but you have to learn to let it be part of the process. If not for the “no’s”, you wouldn’t reach the perfect “yes” that is meant for you on your journey. I have learned that every time something doesn’t go as planned, it is not a door shutting, but a new path forging its way for me. I hope that through these lessons, I can give the world my most authentic self. I try my best to write from an extremely personal place, and the best part about releasing these songs into the world is that, although it may be my story, so many others can relate to it in their own way. It brings us together as humans, and that is what we need most right now!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m about to take you on a vegan food tour of this city, with a splash of sight seeing. El Cocinero – Vegan Mexican Street Food in Van Nuys, Doomies – Home Cookin’ Vegan Food in Hollywood, GoKoku Ramen – Vegetarian Ramen and Sushi Joint in Studio City, and Crossroads Kitchen – This will be our grand finale, as it is a little more pricey, but SO worth it. It’s a gourmet vegan joint in West Hollywood. GoKoku Ramen – Vegetarian Ramen and Sushi Joint in Studio City. I could go ON and ON. I would definitely bring you to the Venice Canals on Venice Beach. It is a hidden gem and every time I walk through, I feel like I am on an international voyage. The Melrose Trading Post on the weekend is an AMAZING place to experience the artistry and genius of local artists and vendors. Switzer Falls is an amazing hike in Angeles Crest Mountains. It is about an hour drive, but the waterfall at the end is totally worth it! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to Amanda Newman, Executive Director of Varsity Vocals. She is the hardest working woman I know, and she does it with such poise, beauty and grace. I am giving her my shout out because she continues to climb through hoops as a woman who runs a business. She believes in what she does, and gives constant support to everyone she works with. Without her, I wouldn’t have found my love for pop music. My life would look extremely different than it does right now if not for you, Amanda, so thank you!
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