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Art & Life with Carly Lind

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carly Lind.

Carly, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
At a young age my mom would bring me to her dance classes. It sparked my interest so much, she enrolled me in ballet and tap at age 3. From that moment on, I spent the majority of my childhood in the dance studio. Growing up in Connecticut, my childhood was heavily influenced by my proximity to New York’s Broadway flare, and its modern dance community. Dance eventually introduced me to singing and acting and they became an escape for me when things weren’t so perfect at home.

I ended up getting into Berklee College of Music for Voice and spent two years studying songwriting, performance and business. While in school, YouTube was a very new thing at the time, and a group of friends and I grew an impressive online presence by posting covers and original music videos. It was so experimental at the time, but I knew I had something I could move forward with, so I chose to move out to Los Angeles to really pursue a career in music.

Shortly after moving to L.A., I abruptly lost my father, then, two years later, I lost my mother. It was an extremely difficult time for me. I felt alone and most days I wasn’t sure how I’d go on, but one constant that I did always have was my art. I decided to pour myself into writing songs, training in dance classes again, basically anything that would help me become the best version of myself. I knew that my mom and dad would want me to do that, and if I quit, moving out here and missing my last years with them would have been for nothing. The loss of both my parents was the catalyst that inspired me to aggressively pursue my dreams soon after.

The last few years I used songwriting as a way to help express how I felt and how I was dealing with losing my parents. I took a minute from writing the cliché love song and decided to try a new approach. What would I want to listen to right now? From that question, an entire slew of songs were born. Don’t get me wrong, they still are love songs, but I left them ambiguous for the listener to interpret them for themselves. Recently I just shot my first visual for a song that I wrote a while back and will be releasing it in September. I’m really excited to share such a vulnerable time of my life with people because I know we all feel alone, but we are all connected and we all have similar feelings. I’m hoping that my music can be an escape for people, and a reminder that someone else is hurting just like them.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I remember when I was in high school telling myself I wanted to be the reason people could escape. I have always wanted to write music that can help people either escape from their reality and current situation or help them feel connected and not alone. Music can transport you to another place, and that is my favorite thing about it. Since my parents passed away, I felt like no one my age was really writing about what it felt like to lose someone. I got tired of writing about crushes and boys so I started writing what I wanted to listen to. Ten plus songs came out of that mindset and all are about a different stage of grief, raw and honest.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I think that at times it can be lonely. Not everyone understands our crazy, sometimes unstructured schedules, but then again we don’t need them to. Art is what I need to breathe. I do believe you also have to put yourself out there to meet people and network. I know personally, I can get up on stage and wear my heart on my sleeve, but then I sometimes have trouble talking to people and get shy, it’s a strange thing because I’m a performer but it happens. I try new things all the time like going to new yoga studios, boxing, going to different bars and restaurants. I take a ton of dance classes to make myself get out of my comfort zone and force myself to talk to people I don’t know. Being aware of who you are and what you need is so important, especially living in this city. Sometimes I like feeling lonely, being alone, and on those days I listen to my body and stay home to recharge.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My main platform as of now has been Instagram, my handle being @CarlyLindMusic. I have built a really awesome community and it’s so cool I can be so close to fans in that way. My first single for the project I have been working on will be available on all music platforms, including my Soundcloud (CarlyLindMusic) and a visual will be posted up on YouTube. People can always support me by buying my music, streaming and adding to their personal playlists, and just coming to a show if they are local Angelinos like myself.

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Erik Arellano, Jordan Ring

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