Wait - what? How is this horrible virus that’s killing everyone and has me going crazy an opportunity? Read up and you’ll see!
I am Luciana Garcia, a singer, songwriter, and performer from Chile based in Los Angeles, CA. and I know first-hand that every obstacle is an opportunity if we choose to see it this way.
Let me tell you a little bit more about me. I was not born and raised around musicians and I haven’t been taking piano lessons since I was 4. In fact, my only music experiences were following what was popular and crying because Justin Bieber and I aren’t soulmates.
When I was 15, I discovered my passion for singing. But I was rhythm-blind and tone-deaf. Both musicians’ curses simultaneously, yay! Being blind to rhythm means I couldn’t clap along to the beat of a song because I had no perception of it, being tone-deaf means I couldn’t sing in tune because I couldn’t hear what note I was supposed to be singing. So I faced rejection. Tons and tons of rejection from family, friends, teachers, etc. and being my insecure, please-love-me-I’ll-do-anything teenage-self, listened. I suppressed my need to sing.
Many therapy sessions, an eating disorder, and depression later, I had my aha! moment. I decided that despite these obstacles, I was going to be a musician. There was no easy road ahead but I was done suffering. I needed to sing like one needs oxygen and I was suffocating without music.
Today, I am a working musician and a full-time student at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. I finally sound good, can sing in tune, and have killer rhythm! I am working every day to fulfill my purpose; to empower humanity through music.
So how does this relate to what you might be going through now? Because, like everything in life, the obstacles were the way. Starting a music career being rhythm blind and tone-deaf has been one of the biggest opportunities for growth. I’ve developed a strong work ethic, persistence, passion, a value for every note I am able to sing in tune, respect for music, all things I didn’t have. I assure you I wouldn’t have lasted a second in the professional world of music if my journey didn’t start this way.
How exactly do we turn our current circumstance into an opportunity?
Four things; create, grow online, get to know you and connect with other humans. Create a new business idea, a song, a painting, and then go share it with the world! We are all stalking you on Instagram eagerly waiting for your creations.
Grow online. Look for webinars on this topic, e-mail me and I’ll send you some, search for ways in which successful people in your field are adapting and apply them, reach out to podcasts to be interviewed, the list goes on! There are so many fans, clients, and customers spending a lot of time online, go appear on their radar!
Get to know you. Although it sounds nice and simple to go be efficient right this second, it is important to acknowledge the way we feel, whether you’re feeling motivated and strong or lonely and anxious. These days, I find myself swinging between both sides all the time. This is an opportunity to feel your feelings, learn even more about who you are, what affects you, what doesn’t and to let go of self-judgement. However you feel at this moment, it is okay. Acknowledge your pain, sit with it for a moment. No one ever healed by ignoring or suppressing an ugly feeling, it’s time to let it out! I know it is extremely scary but I also know you are strong and you can do it.
Innovate in the ways you connect with friends and family. This is the time to make that phone call to the auntie you always forget about, the time to wake up and send everyone “Hi! Hope you have a great day :)” messages, the time to be honest and raw about your feelings, to pause and listen to people be honest about their feelings. Human connection is such a powerful thing. You and I know it, we’ve felt it! I want to remind you it’s possible even if we can’t see or touch each other.
My dear, just because you’re human, you have the potential to do anything and everything you can imagine. I believe in you! Go be incredible and tell me about it. Go feel your bad feelings and tell me about it too. Let’s bring each other up, stand in the light during this health crisis, let’s be the light. Let’s see the opportunity in COVID-19.
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Written by Luciana Garcia
Luciana García is a Modern Rock singer and songwriter with one mission; to empower humanity through music. Her Latin origin and her love for pop and rock are intertwined in her music. Her debut single 21st Century Baby has a strong and clear message: no matter your gender, we all have the same rights and opportunities. Versatility, strength and a powerful message are the valuable contributions of this emerging artist to the feminist music scene.
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