We had the good fortune of connecting with Omoghéné and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omoghéné, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Someone once said “If you want people to take a risk on you, you have to be willing to take a risk on yourself.” Growing up, I thought there were some paths that were risky and some paths were not. Over time, I found there is risk in everything; there are just levels of risk, therefore, I just needed to choose the path where my gifting met my passion no matter the risk. There is a lot of risk involved in being an artist. One must throw all their resources into their artistry and build a brand in hopes that one day all the hard work will pay off. I would bet on myself a thousand times more than anything else because I know that I will give 100% of my efforts 100% of the time. If you hit a tree enough times, it is bound to fall at some point.
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 am singer, songwriter, and poet with an eclectic sound that is a mesh of genres from Neo soul, to Hip-Hop, to Gospel, alternative Rock, and acoustic soul. I am a melting pot of some of my biggest influences such as India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin, and many more. I am most proud of my ability to take music ideas and visual ideas from my mind and bring them to life with amazing people by my side. I work really hard to do little things in an extraordinary way. Being creative with the resources that are available to me is vital to achieving success professionally. I have been able to leverage my education in Business Entrepreneurship with my experience working in corporate America to organize and build my brand as an artist. Getting where I am today definitely was not an easy task and I know I have a long journey ahead. I want the world to see me and know that anyone can be extraordinary. You just have to make a decision to reach that goal. “You can pull the sky down just so you can walk on the clouds” as I have said in my latest single “Above the Water”. Being extraordinary does not have a standard; you create the standard. It’s easy to believe in yourself when everyone thinks that you’re great, but it’s hard to believe in yourself when people don’t see that greatness in you. That is the real test for you. They won’t see that you are a “rose in a room full of daisies” as I mentioned in my record last year, “Underestimated”. I used to think that I had to surround myself with people that believe in me more than I believe in myself; that I found to be false. I believe in myself more than anyone else in the room because only I know what I am capable of. Sometimes, God covers your glory to let you bloom at His appointed time because He wants you to bloom in a place where no one can cast a shadow in your sunshine. Remember that as you pursue your dreams and aspirations in life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love living in the O.C.! It’s a calm suburban area that is also only 30 minutes away from the beautiful and exciting Los Angeles. There is so much to see. I would first take my friend to my favorite Thai Restaurant in Garden Grove: Thai Famous Cuisine. Their food is superb, and they have a homey ambiance as the restaurant is a family owned business. My favorite place to go in Fullerton is Hillcrest park. There is a large fountain where many people gather to take photos and enjoy the sound of the rushing water. A fun hang out spot is the Irvine Spectrum. To catch amazing local talent, I would go to Mobettah Mondays or the Coollab Project in Santa Ana. Lastly, my favorite O.C. beach is Crystal Cove. Crystal Cove is a great place to escape from the city noise.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to all the women in Cal State University Fullerton’s Titan Women Collective. The Founder, Charlesetta Medina, and my personal Mentor, Maureen Tschopp, have invested so much time and effort into my brand. Even while pursuing my Bachelors, Charlesetta’s office was always open for me to discuss business plans, music, work, and personal hardships. Maureen Tschopp has been my go-to for all business decisions and holds me accountable every step of the way. She always points me in the right direction for long-term business development and brand building rather than just being an artist here for the moment. My long-time mentor and attorney, Rebekah Thomas, looks at all my legal paperwork as she has had a lot of experience in the music industry. She has seen me grow into the woman I am and always brings me back into focus. My vocal coach, Antonieta Salandy Dominguez, makes sure that in the bustle of all the business planning that I keep the most important thing in check: my voice. I have been working with her for about 5 years now and she helped me find my voice and my sound. Khaliah Dean of Dream Marketing has really taken on my musical brand. I appreciate all her sound advice and hard work. She as well has had much experience in the music industry. She translates her experience to help me turn my ideas into marketable assets. Lastly, my mother, Glory Akhere-Okokhere, has shown me that I can achieve anything I aspire to become in life. I saw her work smarter and not harder from working as a nurse, modeling, acting, and building her own businesses. She never lowered her standard for anyone. She showed me that a woman can leverage all that she has to create the life she desires for herself. Most importantly, she has shown me the importance of power and strength in faith. People say, it’s a man’s world, but I have a lot of amazing women in my corner who have shown me that the world is for anyone who is willing to grab it. I would recommend that everyone surround themselves with those they admire and who will force them to raise the bar. Mentorship is extremely important as you get to talk to people who believe in you and who have been where you would like to be. This will put you 10 steps ahead of the game.
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