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Life and Work with Lexie Martin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lexie Martin.

Lexie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m a singer/songwriter from Long Island, New York. I got my start singing along to Barney and Disney movies in front of the TV! I’ve performed in musicals as well as cabaret and jazz clubs. After graduating with a BA in musical theatre from American University, I moved out to Los Angeles in February 2018. I just celebrated two years in LA! Since moving to LA, I recorded my debut EP with producer Nash Overstreet, released my first music video and have been gigging around LA.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely not been smooth sailing. Rarely anything worth fighting for is easy. But that isn’t to say that I haven’t some truly incredible moments on my journey. The transition to LA alone was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done financially, emotionally and mentally. LA is so expansive so it can get quite lonely. But I am grateful to have found my tribe out here and have a lovely support system. Another struggle is having to deal with rejection. Common in the business, but someone’s “no” is plenty of other people’s “yes”. And it’s most important that the first “yes” comes from yourself. You absolutely must believe in yourself. I got rejected based on my weight and although body image is a sensitive topic, I wouldn’t change my weight for anyone but myself. I am proud of who I am and love myself, extra fabulous pounds and all. My advice for women, particularly young women who are just starting their journey is to first and foremost show up. Show up to your friends’ gigs and support them. Network. Network like crazy. Every moment you leave the house is an opportunity! And most importantly, be kind to yourself. Nurture your craft and give yourself permission to try and try again. You are worth it. You are important and you can accomplish great things!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I absolutely love being a singer/songwriter. I also act, but singing and music is my true passion. What I am most proud of is my perseverance and message. My music focuses on themes of self-love and self-empowerment. What sets me apart as an artist is my sound and message. I am able to take elements from r&b, jazz, and doo-wop and make it current in a pop song with dynamic vocals while championing individuality and positive self-worth.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
My absolute favorite books are the Betsy Tacy series and the Peter and the star catcher series. Those were huge staples of my childhood. I don’t have a favorite podcast at this time because I just started listening to my first one and it’s RuPaul’s “What’s the Tee”. Apps that I love and use to forward my craft and career are YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and the piano app. The first three are excellent sources for inspiration, networking and getting my work out there while the piano app helps me find pitches and keys when looking over sheet music and/or working with another instrumentalist.

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Image Credit:
Music video set photos provided by Blind Raven Productions and promotional unicorn photos provided by Julia Peltier Photography

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