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Daily Inspiration: Meet Breana Marin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Breana Marin.

Breana, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I moved to LA and went to the Musicians Institute where I studied vocal performance and music business. I got connected with a successful songwriter and became an intern at their management company. It was there I was introduced to the world of songwriting. I got to sit in on many iconic sessions and was able to hone my skills through this experience.

After my internship, I went on to get a publishing deal and placed records with Keyshia Cole, Fifth Harmony, Letoya Luckett, and many others. After my publishing deal ended, I started focusing on growing my career through the internet. I became one of the top sellers on the platform Beatstars by licensing my hooks to independent artists. My hooks have been used by artists like Phora and Nyck Caution.

I later pivoted to TV/ FIlm and have since written songs for Star, Empire, The Chi, Ghost, and Twenties.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road hasn’t always been smooth. LA is filled with thousands of talented people with similar goals. It can be discouraging and make you wonder if you’re skilled enough to get to your dream destination. California is also crazy expensive, and the music industry can take years to build an income substantial enough to live on. There were many times I considered giving up and changing my career path. I moved to the city with no connections or well-thought-out plans, but I’ve been able to find my place in songwriting through patience and perseverance.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am most known for my hooks on Beatstars and youtube. The hooks enabled me to expand my reach and connect with artists and writers across the world. When I first started, I thought I was writing hooks to beats, but I didn’t realize they could be used as a tool to help other writers express themes and thoughts they didn’t know how to. I love to hear all the different variations and versions of the hooks I released. I feel proud when I see other artists connect with the words and melodies I’ve provided.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
LA is the land of opportunity. You never know who you will run into or what the people around you may become. It seems like the one place where your outlandish dreams can become a reality if you play your cards right. On the opposite end, the city is crowded and expensive, and it can be challenging for someone who doesn’t have a solid income.

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