I am a music evangelist. I believe in the absolute power of music to soothe, inspire and create space for people to remember. Music moves people. Throughout college, I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with firms handling all aspects of music production, promotion and media management. The work that goes on in these fields, and many more, is what sets the stage for getting incredible music out to you!
I am also the founder of a non-profit called the Color of Music Collective. If you have not heard of COMC before, we are a non-profit which focuses on empowering and uplifting the voices of music execs who are POC and LGBTQ+ in our industry. Our goal is to change the lack of representation for these groups in music by uniting our communities. We want to hear from the crew, production team, photographers, A&R, artist managers, promoters — you name it. You can follow our journey on our website at www.colorofmusiccollective.com
The arts, including music, help me live up to the responsibility to enjoy my life. As a child, I starred in the pageants and plays and eventually got familiar with the Kennedy Center and Broadway. Although I was too late for Rick Springfield live, and missed Elton John’s final farewell with my parents, I’ve been able to catch live performances of Jack White, Artic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, and many more.
Since you can’t survive on music alone, I sometimes cook. Grammy keeps me on my toes with the recipes from the old country while I investigate all types of ways to eat cleaner to keep myself healthy. From incorporating more sugar and dairy-free options into my week to on-line foraging for easy prep meat-free options—I keep up to speed with trends in healthy eating. Here is one of my recent favorites—I’m highlighting it for its make-ahead potential and, of course, for its deliciousness!
I’m not an athlete. And, about 5 years ago, I had one of my feet re-built. However, today-- I am very much into fitness. I run and weight-train three times a week so that I can maintain energy for work, studies, and concert-attendance. Regular workouts are critical to my ability to focus intensely on everything I’ve got to get done. Fitness tips? The incline should be more than zero (smile). Use orthotic supports inside athletic shoes--store-bought or prescription—if you are running multiple miles per week.
Traveling to experience music both in the US and abroad has been a great highlight of my life---from standing front row at a NPR’s Spotlight concert at SXSW, to Hembree in Brooklyn, to Loyle Carner in London. As I’m enjoying the music scene wherever I am, I always take a few moments to enjoy the fact that budgeting, booking and executing each trip PROVES that I am adulting! Even shorter trips (road or air) provide opportunities for mini-management practice in personal financial, personal management and organizational skills. Where are YOU going next?