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Conversations with Bria Anne Melendez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bria Anne Melendez.

Hi Bria Anne, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I feel like I tried almost every creative thing as a kid. From dance to art to cooking, to music, to learning almost every sport. I was homeschooled up until high school so I had a lot of time to focus on creativity and artistic things. I started playing classical music and dancing at three years old. That was when everything started I would say. As I got older, it became the main purpose of my life. Competing with piano and violin, music testing, dancing 3-5 hours a day after school several days a week. It wasn’t easy. I struggled a lot emotionally. As an empath and highly sensitive person, I really feel things deeply and passionately. Throughout the years, I never truly felt like I could share my voice. For fear of being real and stripped down. Judged. Told I was wrong. So many of us feel this way. I feel that is why I was so drawn to music. Music became my true healer, my teacher in life so I always turned to it as a release. I always felt I could connect to the artist and was so inspired to be that! A singer, recording music, singing songs and performing. The music was always in me, it was just finding it for myself as I grew older that would really impact how I do it today. The journey has been one of self-discovery, learning to explore, own, and love my voice, believe in myself, and have the confidence to actually put myself out there.

With those intentions, I’ve somehow managed to put myself into situations that push me to new heights, like when I discovered I could actually write music. I had gotten a job live streaming in a studio in LA where we were told we could only perform originals the first day I started and at that point, I had never written a song in my life! So I basically had to learn right then and there. I pulled up all I had in me and met some amazing people along the way that showed me the ropes. I am so thankful for all the mentors and teachers I had found growing up. They have truly helped me become who I am today. I am now using my vulnerability and experiences to share myself with the world as it relates to others. Being a mirror reflecting to others what we need at the time we need it. I just put out a song called Fight This Fight. It is a song about crying out for help in times of struggle and battling mental health issues. I also wrote a short film with my friend and film-maker, Daniel Talonia that will be coming out in March based on the song’s concept. Without my experiences, I would not have been able to create this, so I am forever grateful for that and I hope that it will help others and inspire them to be creative in ways of dealing with pain as well. I like to say I live a soul led life and follow my deepest callings and what I’m passionate about. I hope others will be able to see that.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road that’s for sure. Heck I don’t even know where I’m going half the time and it can get pretty darn bumpy but I have really learned to take things like baby steps. One step after another. Moving to New York 5 years ago without a backup plan or any plan for that matter truly changed my life and shaped a lot of who I am today. I really met myself. My true self. My soul. Who I was for me. And no one else. I stripped down so many layers of who I thought I was. I worked with my shadow. I tripped, I fell, I cried. I hurt myself many times. It was so hard. It brought my painful middle school and high school days to surface. Those were probably the worst days honestly, I had really struggled with depression, anxiety, and self-mutilation. The deep fears, survival mode, not wanting to be on this earth. So when I moved to New York a lot of those feelings came back, and there were times I was like am I going to be homeless? What am I doing here? Is it really for a dream? Who do I think I am? Typical thoughts. I did some odd jobs to make a living, got myself into a destructive relationship but then took myself out of it, kept taking it a day at a time holding my vision. I live bi-coastally now and am currently in LA, where I grew up, but that move to New York has truly got me to understand what living a soul led life in flow is all about. You commit to taking those risks and transforming yourself. Learning more about who you are and what it means to be human. It’s actually a really beautiful thing to embrace your struggles and your darkness. True freedom right there. And also inspiration for a creative life.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
So many people know me for so many different things. Growing up, it was music and dance, then I studied Cosmetology right after high school and had a whole career in the beauty industry doing hair and makeup so that had its own clientele. But most of them didn’t have a clue about anything else I did. I don’t like to limit myself to just one thing. That’s only ever caused severe depression and anxiety for me. Music has never left me so I’ve been super focused on that and expanding my music career in different ways. Writing with others, teaching piano and singing, creating my own music, performing. I feel that music is my essence and now I can combine that with the rest of everything I do as I continue to keep exploring and answering my callings. As I’ve gained more confidence over the years, I’ve been putting myself out there and sharing all sides of me. I’ve been studying spirituality for years and as I got older, I really accepted my gift of intuition and now, I do live oracle readings on several apps so some people know me for that. Beginning in March, I will be offering Akashic Records Soul Realignment Sessions so I’ve been pretty focused on starting that business meanwhile still working on my music and pursuing other entertainment opportunities in tv and film. I love acting and hosting! This is how I’m creating myself as a brand, Everything BRIA. All things me! Music, entertainment, teaching, writing, spirituality, beauty, health & wellness, there’s so much to come! I truly hope in whichever way someone finds me, whether it be by me doing their hair or makeup, a Soul Realignment session, oracle reading, or just finding my music or other content out there, that I can be an inspiration and encourage others to share all sides of themselves as well! I truly believe you can create an abundant life by authentically sharing all of your gifts!

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Oh wow, the list could go on and on here! LOL. I gather wisdom from SO many sources, I look up to a lot of people, transformational spiritual teachers, women leaders, artists, musicians, entertainers so I tend to read their books or watch their content a lot. I’ve gained a lot of insight by transformational coach Kyle Cease. I love his books and YouTube channel. Meditative Mind music has been a lifesaver to help me remain in the moment and calm throughout my days. Even to fall asleep to and start my mornings. It’s so peaceful! I love watching others’ tarot and oracle readings on YouTube also for guidance. I do them myself and for others regularly, but I love getting readings from others as well. I find it always on point for me! There’s just something about tapping into the quantum energy field. The right here right now. Wisdom is always accessible to us when we open up to it. I read a lot. I’m reading I Am A Goddess right now by Sophie Bashford. It’s a great book that’s helping me embody femininity and what it means to be a true goddess and live your divinity. When it comes to my music and entertainment career, Google and YouTube have become my best friend. I’ve joined many websites that offer great programs and networking opportunities and follow countless blogs. Some of my favorites are the app We Should Write Sometime (met some great co-writers), SongTown has amazing resources and a great membership program, Ari’s Take is a great blog, and I love Recording Revolution’s channel on YouTube!

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