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Daily Inspiration: Meet Brooklyn Kelly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooklyn Kelly.

Hi Brooklyn, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It all began when I was seven years old. My mom used to play Beyonce’s tour video on the DVD player when she would clean around the house and I would sit in front of the TV for hours soaking it all up. Ever since then, I began singing lessons. Over time, I participated in all the musicals that were being held in my middle school and high school years. In addition to always doing musicals, I also began taking Hip Hop classes as often as I could at my local dance studio. I trained in popping and locking, krumping, housing, whacking, animation, and even b-boying (even though I prefer to have my two feet on the ground instead of in the air). I loved every minute because I was soaking in techniques, culture, and history of Hip Hop. Up until college, I was rehearsing for about 40 hours a week. I was also performing constantly which definitely aided building my stage presence.

Despite putting most of my time into these extracurricular activities, I also wrote a lot of original music. I think at the time that I was constantly performing, I was writing a song every week just to exercise that muscle. When I came to Loyola Marymount University, I was really excited because I was able to implement all my skills. I auditioned for a dance crew at LMU and I was the lead in a play. I also was able to perform my original music often at Open Mic Nights. This triad performing life definitely inspires the music that I write because there is so much enrichment I’ve gained from my experiences. Today I look back and acknowledge my journey, but I’m really excited to focus on my original music and my growth as an artist.

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?
It 100% was/is the bumpiest road to take. Now that I’m a bit older, I’ve gained a sense of clarity and understanding about how this road works. I realized two main things: 1) everything will happen when it is time and 2) once everything aligns, it happens quickly so buckle up! One challenge I faced was breaking out of my shell and not being the expectation that others wanted me to be. I’ve worked alongside people who had this idea of what I was supposed to be like and what they think my artistry should be and that really messed with my head for a while. The hardest part was not realizing that it was happening to me when it did. I overcame this realization by taking my power back and defining myself the way I wanted to. I did that by first cutting off sources of toxicity and reconnecting with my younger self. I found inspiration in the most random things (like anime) and I watched old videos of my favorite artists. To break the prison of other’s opinions, I remembered why and how I was first inspired. Once I got in touch with that part of myself, I learned everything I could about music production through Youtube tutorials, artist interviews, and through online courses like Masterclass. To keep myself grounded in who I am, I have amazing friends and family that help me with that and I have learned to affirm these things for myself.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a musician that incorporates sonics from music genres like tropical house, r&b, pop, hip-hop, and rap. I loved listening to all these genres when I was younger and they have been the blueprint for my music today. I do enjoy experimenting with my sound and trying new revenues to express the emotion or the vision I have for the song. I have a small music discography that is available on all streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud. As I continue my pursuit, I hope to grow my discography into something that reflects who I am as a person and an artist. I aim to make music that inspires and heals myself and others. My goal is to have my music become an extension of who I am which means that the sound can change and evolve over time, but the initial essence of who I am will always bleed through.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I define success as feeling grateful. I used to define success as happiness, but I’ve found that happiness is more fleeting than I’d like it to be. Grateful is the word I used to define success because it has the implication that I have found a lesson in the experience. For example, if I were to audition for something and not receive it, I wouldn’t tell myself that I wasn’t successful. That audition was successful in its own right because the experience helped me gain insight to myself. It helped me learn something about my artistry that I can apply next time. So if there’s a lesson present, then I will always be grateful, and if I am grateful I am successful. I used to have others place my success upon the outcomes of auditions or events and I internalized that practice. Also, I used associated the outcome of a situation with my worth and I think that’s an easy and dangerous trap to fall into because there will be a million no’s before there’s even a yes. This mentality has helped me take the power into my own hands and turn what could’ve been negative into something positive. So the more comfortable I am with that rejection, the easier it becomes to recognize the experience as a lesson to aid in my success.

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