We had the good fortune of connecting with Your Majesty Oriana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
We’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Perseverance is the key. It is such a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason. If you keep going and believe in what you are putting out there, people with follow. You will be knocked down 100 times and you need to get up 101 times.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Your Majesty Oriana is an androgynous performing artist that brings a theatrical flair to pop music. It stems from the emotions and stories I live everyday. It wasn’t ever easy to become Your Majesty Oriana. Throughout the years, I have lived in a shadow of self-doubt, so I wrote songs like “Gloriana” to help me find my strength again. Every song I write, is something that I want to tell myself, so that I can keep living. I’ve learned many lessons on the way, one is integrity. Doing the right thing even if no one is watching. If you believe in your talent, and your art, and your message, they will reach the right ears. When I perform and write my music, I want it to be a celebration of people coming together with kindness and strength. It is always a magical experience to perform for people. We all come together, all of our walks of life coming together for one night. We all create memories together, and forget about all the problems that wait for us outside. It is euphoric.
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.
First off, we would go for a hike. California, especially in the LA area have BEAUTIFUL locations in every direction you go. You can go a little further and go to Joshua Tree, or stay rather local and hike in topanga canyon. No matter where, you will always find gorgeous views and feel at one with nature. Secondly, I would definitely go the observatory, it has a great view of downtown LA, and it has such beautiful architecture. For food, I would definitely go to Signorelli’s Pizzaria on Pico/Robertson. Hands down some of the best pizza I have ever had. Gah! There is so much to do, and I’m so indecisive. We would go to Malibu, because the beaches there are gorgeous and aren’t as crowded as the ones in Santa Monica. We could take a boat ride to one of the islands and whale watch off of Marina Del Rey. There is just SO MUCH to do in Los Angeles it can get really hard to narrow it down.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shoutout to a lot of people who have helped me become Your Majesty Oriana. Such as my family, my DJ and advisor Deeran Anderson Hooper, Rowan Joseph and Emily Waldron, my second family in the Twin Cities, JG Music, and the team at LA Acting Studios. They have helped me in more ways than one and I will be remiss to let their role in my life go unnoticed.
Captain Nots Photography, Candice Maniga, Deeran Anderson-Hooper