We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarkis Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarkis, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I have always thought myself to have a good work ethic and believed that hard work will pay off in the end. I think I have now come to realize in a lot of ways hard work does pay off, but the payoff has to be enjoyed and appreciated for all the hard work to make sense. It is important to look around and see how far you’ve come at times and let that be inspiration to keep going and working toward the next goal or past an obstacle. If you’re not enjoying the fruits of your labor then it is not a good balance. I try to remind myself to take in how far I’ve come when getting stressed out about how far I still have to go.
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 have been making music my whole life but it has always ebbed and flowed with my personality and what I was interested in at the time. I was always involved with music in some way and in a lot of ways that has been the most common thread throughout my life. I want my music to inspire and make people feel good but the last few years I have been focused on other things and haven’t been able to give my own music the full attention that I want. I have remained at work and done projects with others as well as some things of my own. However, my next album is something I have wanted to get right and put 100% of my effort in to. Music is a very expressive thing and I think to fully express something you have to fully experience it first so taking a little more time to sit with something is always helpful to see the bigger picture and understand what it could truly be. That is the biggest thing I have taken away from the the last few years.
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?
The first stop is always the ocean because its what drew me to Los Angeles, but ultimately I think it what has kept me here. It is so cool to be so close to something that is so big and just take it in. Venice Boardwalk is always a good place to see people and take in the sights after the ocean. We would definitely eat some Dave’s Hot Chicken and go to Davey Wayne’s for a night out. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My time on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus definitely helped shape who I am today. I learned a lot of technical skills from the job but I also learned a lot about life, people, and the way the world works. It was a very insightful look into our country’s education system as well, traveling to schools and working with students of all ages. I also learned a lot about myself and what I want to do with my life. I enjoy everything about music but it is something that is best when shared. So I have pursued a career in both my own music but in sharing and creating music with others as well.
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