We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how do you think about risk?
How do I think about risk? I’ve had a lot of moments in my life that challenged me to understand my relationship with it. The way I see it, risk is often associated with fear and hope; hope for a better feeling, fear of the consequence. Risk also often asks of me to confront and evaluate my relationship with self-worth. There’s so many things I’ve done in my life that I thought, there’s no way, I’m terrified, or who am I to think I’d be the one to pull that off? The reality is, most people doing great things in life feel this way. So I’ve learned to adjust my relationship with fear. When I feel fear, I understand that I’m doing something greater than myself; that life is asking of me to get out of my own way and grow into the request. I see risk and fear mostly as an opportunity to grow. I’m not perfect at this, I don’t think you ever get to the end of it, you just learn to roll with it differently. The other half of it is understanding that there is only one you. Sounds so lame, but there’s something inherently true about this. It’s okay to take up space, it’s okay to not be liked, it’s okay to follow your intuition instead of micro-managing all the feedback the world and the people in it are giving you. It’s okay to like yourself and allow that discovery to have an impact on everything around you.
When I first began my career as a musician/artist, I thought I was going to continue being a really successful basketball player, finish college and have a pretty predictable life. I got offered an audition for one of my favorite bands, the offer extended into months to follow and I would embark on my first Van’s Warped Tour, as well as many more years of chasing an unfamiliar dream. Getting this opportunity seemed surreal, quitting my life as I knew it felt unnerving. I knew that this could quit possibly change the trajectory of the rest of my life, and it did. But risk almost feels trivial when contending with inspiration. This was one of the most important things I learned and doing this many times over helped me understand my worth. I built confidence every time I was scared. I choose always to listen less to my logic and more to stillness of inspiration. I literally still ask myself, do I feel inspired to do this? And then I just commit to the answer. If you think about all the times you didn’t think you’d make it, you did. You think about all the times you didn’t get what you wanted, you still get what you needed. It’s understanding you’ve always been taken care of, everything is an opportunity to get closer to yourself. When you get far enough in there and you know who you are, then you’ve got to start sharing that pathway with others.
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 sing, play guitar and write songs for the band, Spare Parts for Broken Hearts. We’re an LA based rock band, whatever “rock” means. I don’t know what sets me or us apart from anything or anyone, I don’t want to convince you of that, you tell me. I create because it’s what I know how to do better than anything else I do, I do it to understand who I am. The prospect of someone relating to me or what I do is what I am driven by or excited about. I want to know if you’ve had a musician ever answer yes to the question of, was it easy? Haha. All i want the world to know is that I won’t be leaving it until I’ve gotten as far as i can go to understanding the suffering of the human condition. I will make as much music as I can about it, I will keep seeking the depths of myself until I can come to the surface with understanding and those who are seeking the same could feel understood in my expression of it; that my search for this and the music we put out would make even 1 person feel seen, heard or understood.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would drink 5 coffees a day: Mugshot, Echo Park. Stumptown, DTLA. Black Elephant, Atwater Village. La Columbe, Frogtown. Cuties, East Hollywood.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is to Jonny & Jess, my ride or cry bandmates & family. Another to my best friend in this lifetime, Brittany Montgomery @ After Hours Press & Goods. There’s 100% an entire document I could send you on this, I am eternally grateful for the amount of support and love I have around me and that list includes too many to mention.
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