We had the good fortune of connecting with Vítor Melo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vítor, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Natural talent can be helpful and help shorten certain paths. However, as cliché as this might sound, hard work is typically the determining factor in enabling someone to achieve their goals.
Please tell us more about your career. 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 originally from the capital of Brazil, where I started playing guitar at around 8 or 9 years of age. Almost 8 years ago, my wife and I moved to Los Angeles in order for me to pursuit a full time career in music for the first time in my life. There have been and I’m sure there will be many, many more challenges along the way. However, when you’re fighting for a cause you believe in, that makes you fight harder. Learning how to be a professional musician in LA was like learning how to swim in a tank of sharks. Luckily, I’m still surviving and I’ve had the opportunity to perform all over this country and many others, play next to musicians I grew up listening to, record on music for TV and essentially make a living with music. Since my childhood, I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of music and that had a major impact in my development as a musician. I love being in a city where I can play bass with a Reggae band one night and Bluegrass acoustic guitar the next day. I really enjoy that and I believe being versatile and quick to adapt are strong suits of mine.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA has great music venues and amazing concerts happening on daily basis, that is part of the experience. Also, some obligatory sight seeing in the city’s postcards. The beaches in the South Bay and the drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Barbara are some of my favorite things here. Finally, you have to go to In and Out, Pink’s, Leo’s and some of the the traditional spots you can only find in California.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife Lorena and her endless support were the key factors in my pursuit of a career in the arts. She believed in me a lot more often than I believed myself and nothing could have ever happened without her.
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