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Meet Michelle Marie Jacquot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Marie Jacquot.

Michelle Marie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve been writing poetry ever since I can remember. I don’t even know if I knew it was poetry back then, I’ve just always had the natural instinct to write- anything and everything. Over time, I started to turn the words I was writing into lyrics, and I started writing songs. Music was my everything, I grew up thinking I wanted to work in the music business just so I could be surrounded by it. It was when I graduated high school that I decided I wanted a different path for my life than the one I had been taught in school I had to take. I wanted to be an artist, a musician, a writer- because I was one. I quickly moved to Los Angeles and attended the Musician’s Institute for vocal and songwriting courses. I have been writing ever since, music and otherwise. I recently published a book through Barnes & Noble Press called “Death of a Good Girl.” It’s a poetry book of collected lyrics from over the years that never found a home in my music, so I decided to give them a home of their own where they could finally rest. It’s all about letting go of the girl I was at the time I wrote them- some of the poems are 5 years old. It has been a long time coming to releasing music, and that’s also coming very soon.

We’d love to hear more about your work. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a writer- of music, poetry, prose, and I’m a singer. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. If I weren’t writing, I’m not sure how I would navigate or fully understand life. I have yet to find anything quite as beautiful as taking an experience or emotion of intense love, grief, anger, happiness, and finding the words to amplify it or let it be released and expressed. Singing those words makes it even more euphoric, it’s an otherworldly experience. I write the human experience, my own, and then hope the listener or reader can take it on as their own and find their story in it, too. As James Baldwin so eloquently put it, “what is important is that you must find some way of using this to connect you with everyone else alive… you must understand that your pain is trivial except in so far as you can use it to connect with other people’s pain; and in so far as you can do that with your pain, you can be released from it, and then hopefully it works the other way around too. As far as I can tell you what it is like to suffer, perhaps I can help you to suffer less.”

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge facing artists today is social media. It’s such a catch-22. On one hand, you need it to share your work, network, engage with fans, and it can be really inspiring to see other artist’s work as well (all of which I love about it). On the other hand, it can be a big time and energy vampire. The more time you spend scrolling and comparing, the less time you have to create the art you need to promote, to begin with. It’s a tricky balance. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a really important TED Talk about this called “How craving attention makes you less creative.”

Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you?
My poetry book “Death of a Good Girl” is sold at Barnes & Noble, both in stores and online. You can stay updated with future music releases, shows, author events, and more on social media @HARLEY_MUSIC (my artist name) and @deathofagoodgirl.

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