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Conversations with Shari Bittlinger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shari Bittlinger.

Hi Shari, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born and raised in Germany. As a kid, I always put on outfits and performed songs for my mom or played talent show with my sister and cousin. I always loved to sing but was rather shy about it when I was younger. It was not until I was about 17/18 when I started to take singing lessons and did some small gigs. I even tried to get into a popular music school to study singing and songwriting but wasn’t accepted at the time. The years after, I was just singing by myself doing song covers. When I met my husband in 2018 he couldn’t believe that I wasn’t working on my talent and encouraged me to write songs again and also got me into riding motorcycles. Learning how to ride a bike and now I’ve been riding for two years has brought me so much confidence as a person that I didn’t have before!

Now I have two passions making music and riding my Ducati. At the end of 2020, I moved to the US with my husband, who is an Army veteran. I bought a midi keyboard and started working on original songs again, which had also led me to connect to other artists. I got to link up with the amazing Pianist Igor Bardykin, who also moved to the US from another country. He also recommended me to voyage. To be honest, I never feel like people would be interested in me and my music, I’m still just a girl that likes to sing and write songs, like many others. I’m sure there is a lot of artists who already released their music and could use the spotlight, but I sure appreciate to be given the chance of being heard. It’s not easy to get started in the music business with so many amazing singers and musicians, but no matter what happens I do it because I love to make music! To make a living of my music one day would be a dream of course.

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?
There are always ups and downs for me when it comes to making music. Sometimes I feel intimidated and discouraged by listening to other artists and constantly comparing myself to them. But then I remember that by not being or sounding like anyone else I develop my own style and that’s a good thing! And to be honest, who really does like hearing themselves sing/talk? Also, distractions like friends, going out or simply being too tired to sit down and make music after work stop me from working on new music sometimes, but I’m working on making more time for the things that are important!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
A couple of months ago, I started working for the Ducati Dealership in Beverly Hills. Motorcycles are my passion and I learn so much more about them every day. I work with a great team and super knowledgeable people, which is great especially because I also get to learn all the technical aspects of motorcycles with all their parts. I feel very grateful to be given the chance of working and learning there, especially because most people still don’t expect a female to tell them what part they need for their motorcycle, lol so that’s pretty cool to me! Also Beverly Hills Ducati is a woman-owned business!

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
If you read all this about a nobody like me, thank you! I appreciate all of you who show love to artists, small businesses and whatever else people grind for 🖤 let’s connect!

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