Rubi Skilton has been the #WomenCrush Music CL (Chapter Leader) since the very beginning of the chapter in early 2018. Since then, she has developed not only a hard-working, passionate team but a beautiful community in one of the biggest music industry cities in the country. The LA #WCM chapter has a residency at Republic of Pi every third Tuesday of the month where they showcase rising women songwriters and a speaker to educate members of the community about the industry. Get to know the force behind #WomenCrush Los Angeles in this #CLSpotlight.
How was working with #WomenCrush Music impacted your life? (What you’ve learned, who you’ve met,etc.) Oh gosh...It's been such an incredible journey so far. I've gotten to be really in touch with the scene out here and really connect with incredibly talented women, not only in LA but all around! It really has put a different perspective about the industry and how truly powerful we are as women and when put together we are unstoppable. Thanks to #WCM I've learned so much about myself as a songwriter and as a person. It just really brought everything together and confirmed what I strongly knew since I was young; collaboration and female empowerment is truly what I live for.
What is one thing you want the #WCM community in your city to know about you? I love collaborating but I also really like being there for people. So- if you ever need someone to talk to, or something is bugging you or there’s a lot going on and you just need to vent... my email is always available. Also, I’m a confidence coach! So, if you need any of that. Let me know!
What has been your favorite part of being the face of #WCM in your city? I think just being able to network and meet all these kick ass ladies while putting events together. Funny how I hate being the center of attention but I love #WCM and our LA chapter.
What do you have planned for the future of your city? We are planning a HUGE event and hopefully this will really bring more ladies and all genders throughout to support our chapter. Our main focus is to grow this year and let everyone know #WCM and what our mission is.
How did you first get involved with the music industry? I've been writing lyrics since i was 7 years old but professionally probably when I was a senior in high school, around 17/18 years old. I started managing a local metal core band and that same year I put together a music festival. I had no idea what I was doing but it happened, and it was fun!
Who is your favorite touring woman artist? Why? I'm going to go with Demi Lovato. She's just so talented and vulnerable and her music is so raw and ripped down at times. It's just incredible. Her story is just breathtaking and I just find it incredible how strong she has been just as much as i love how she has had her weak moments and she isn't scared to talk about it.
What is one song you wish you would have written (by a woman)? Peter Pan by Kelsea Ballerini or Still Into You by Paramore
What’s your advice on people who want to get into the industry? Just frikken do it yo! Hell, what’s the worst that can happen? It doesn't work out. If you're truly passionate, have the patience to hear A LOT of "NOs", and don't mind hard work. Do it. Also, don't do it for the money or fame because that will just lead to you being unhappy. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. Don't give up your morals for a recording and definitely let connections and relationships happen naturally. It takes time but it's one hell of a good time.
What is your least favorite part of working in the music industry? How people view it as an unattainable career or how people think it's always a competition. Just relax, there’s room for all of us.
If you feel comfortable --- has there ever been a time you have felt unsafe or treated wrongly in the industry because you’re a woman? Tell the story and how you’ve overcome it, how you’re dealing with it,etc. I just feel like we all have at least one story. Just remember you're not alone. Ever.
What has been your favorite #WCM experience in LA so far? Do you have any exciting plans for the chapter in 2019 you want to disclose? Hard to say but, I think towards the end of 2018 has been my favorite. We were able to get a residency at Republic of Pie in North Hollywood as well as combine forces with #CultureFix. We just had our first discussion yesterday (Jan.15) at our January showcase. Let’s just say, 2019 will be a year of growth for the LA chapter. Many more events and a lot of fun networking to come.
Not only has Rubi been slaying her role as CL, but she also started her own women’s lifestyle blog, Ladies Code which launched in December 2018. You can follow her on socials at @rubiskilton. Be sure to join the LA Facebook Community Group to be kept in the loop about all things #WCMLA.
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