Today we’d like to introduce you to Marissa Lucia.
Hi Marissa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am a 22-year-old singer, songwriter, performer, and creator in the Los Angeles area. Currently, I work as A&R, an assistant, and as a songwriter at OC Hit Factory, a recording studio in Orange County, under the management of Thomas Barsoe. I have worked there for a year now and have the opportunity to work and write for different types of artists while pursuing my career. Since finishing school, I have also had the opportunity to meet incredible producers and creative directors like Laurianne Gibson who helped me enhance my performance and unpack further parts of my artistry. I grew up in a small town outside of LA, so my dreams have always felt so obtainable, yet it’s a challenge to reach them. My love for music began at the age of five when I began playing the violin. However, there was something about singing that always made me feel so true to who I am, even at a young age. When I first realized that I was an artist or that I could even sing, it was honestly quite scary. I didn’t know where to place my thoughts, ideas, or melodies, and I had no one to ask.
So when I was eight years old, applied for a talent show and I told my parents to come, but I didn’t tell them that I was in it. I got on stage with no fear and sang “amazing grace” acapella, and I think that’s when my parents realized that this was something I really loved and was good at. I finally began writing, begged my parents for a vocal coach, and performed at every event I could find – anywhere from talent shows to singing the National Anthem. I finished school at Chapman University where I played college basketball and received a BA in Strategic Corporate Communications while doing music part-time. Now I do it full time and get to write, create, and produce every day. It’s been a long and difficult journey, but I am very grateful for where I am at.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
In many ways, the road has been anything but smooth. I think everyone knows how harsh this industry is, and meant everyone is meant for it unless they have a persistent work ethic and unwavering mental toughness. Every day you wake up and ask yourself, “What am I doing? Why do I think I am good enough?” And the only person who can answer that question is you. Usually, in those moments, I take a step back, breathe, and try to be patient with myself. I owe a lot of this mental toughness to my basketball career: I knew there was no other way to perfect my jump shot other than repetition, so I shot a minimum of 100 shots a day. The same goes for an artist; if you want it bad enough, those 10,000 hours are necessary to have any hope of becoming an “overnight success.” Art is beautiful because WE choose to make it. We decide to make something so small and turn it into something so much bigger than ourselves based on intense emotions and experiences – the fact that we as creators can do that – is pretty incredible in itself. I have also struggled with striking a balance between finding the right people to ask questions versus finding the answers myself. Most singers/ songwriters rely on their parents to guide them in this process and connect with the right producers or agencies. While my parents now support my career, it took a lot of venturing out in LA, getting let down, trusting the wrong people before finally meeting the right people who I now consider my team. It truly does take a village, and I’m grateful for every person in my corner.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a singer/songwriter in the Orange County / Los Angeles area. As a singer/songwriter, I pride myself on emotionally charged lyrics, smooth beats, and as a creator, I would describe my work as authentic, empathetic, and pure. My goal is to move people and inspire them to create. I am proud that I’ve finally chosen to accept the person I’ve wanted to be for a while. I always felt this burning light inside me for a lot of my life, but I was scared to get in touch with it. So I explored and committed to other passions like school and basketball – until one day, I was in class, and I was writing songs instead of taking notes during the lecture. It made me realize that I needed to keep music at the forefront of my heart and mind and stop trying to find excuses not to pursue it. I am finally saying how I feel, and it’s taken 22 years of patience, learning, and confidence to do that. I noticed artists who tell their story and share their pain give listeners to hope in knowing they’re not alone – and provide them with a different perspective on how to navigate their feelings – that’s what I wanted to do in everything I create. That’s what I am most proud of doing.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Inspiring. Inspiring makes me so happy because I remember how it felt to be inspired. And honestly, I want to do that for others, whether it’s performing or writing for someone to help tell their story – I think if I continue to do that, I will be the happiest person.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.marissaluciamusic.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themarissalucia/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themarissalucia
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7iin0uCWkEGNZzzpmwAmQw?pbjreload=102
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-64862407
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