We had the good fortune of connecting with Stefany Bryan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stefany, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think that risks are worth taking when they for something you are passionate about. When I was in high school I was talking to another kid that was a musician and I asked him, aren’t you afraid of not going to college if you decide to do music? And he said nothing about music scares me. I wasn’t at that point in my life because of my priorities. But now I can relate, and I can confidently say that nothing about music scares me. It’s worth taking that risk because I’ll do whatever it takes to continue to make music. Even if it’s risky.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a singer/songwriter, and I believe what sets me apart from other singer/songwriters is that I am a woman of color. Particularly, an Asian American woman who writes indie music on the keyboard. I don’t see a lot of other people falling under these categories, so in a way it nice to know I’m different, but also hard to know that there isn’t much representation in my genre. I think my music is unique because it is somewhat simple sounding, since the main focus is always just the keys, and I’ve been told I have an interesting vocal tone. Also, my songs are just very raw and emotional, so people tend to feel that catharsis when I play. I’m really just proud that I went for it and decided to pursue my music career. I always kind of avoided it because I had a lot of other things going on like being a gymnast, personal trainer, and getting a Master’s degree. I definitely started late, but I don’t think that matters. What matters is that I’m doing what I love. Since it’s only been about two years of me writing an playing my own music, I think that I there’s a long way to go. The music and songwriting has come easy to me, but the whole getting myself out there and promoting myself has been tough. I think the biggest lesson so far, is that I need to invest in my future as an artist since this is really want I want to do with my life.
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.
Well, I would definitely take them to the beaches, Venice and Santa Monica. I’m on the west side, so I love the water. I’m still new to LA and exploring it. Maybe a hike in Malibu or in Griffith Park would be nice. There’s so many food places in LA, but recently, I discovered the Alibi Room which is Mexican and Korean fusion, and I really enjoyed it! This is hard for me because I feel like I’m still discovering my favorite places in this huge city. 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?
Shout out to my closes who come to my shows and stream my music. This is actually huge for me. As an artist, it is really hard to get people to actually listen to your music, so having people that will support me and my artistic endeavors is always encouraging.
Black and white photo: Heather Allen both photos with long hair: Daniel Yetman