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Life & Work with Mia Schuster

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia Schuster.

Hi Mia, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I knew from a pretty young age that music was what I was made to do. Even though it scared me, I followed that passion as much as my environment allowed me to (which thankfully was a lot). I was always involved in as many musical activities as possible – choir, orchestra, theatre, bands, lessons, etc. I loved every moment of it and could never get enough! From then to now, not much has changed! In the time in-between, I went to school and learned more about myself and my craft until eventually making the move out here to Los Angeles, CA. For the last two years, I have been diving into the music world head first! I released my debut album, started gigging at local venues, and have been collaborating with so many other amazing creatives. In the shortest of words, it has been a crazy ride. I am constantly discovering more every day about why I love music and how I can share that with others. I cannot express how lucky I am to get to continue that journey of discovery in this city – It has truly been a gift.

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?
Most certainly not haha! Honestly, these last few years have been some of the hardest of my life, but I wouldn’t take back a moment of it. Every trial has resulted in really beautiful and necessary growth. It’s almost crazy to look back and see the person I used to be compared to now – like seriously – wow! While there is a rather long list of struggles (there’s a reason not everyone makes it in this industry), I think what stands out the most are the struggles of self. More often than not the biggest thing getting in the way at the end of the day is yourself. Especially for us as artists, I know there are a lot of internal doubts and pressures that in the long run do little good. I’ve been in this extended process of sorts, working on rebuilding my confidence and stripping out those unnecessary doubts and fears. I actually had a friend tell me the other day that they think I am a very brave person and I have really inspired them in that. I was incredibly shocked to hear that they viewed me this way because it was (and truly still is) the farthest from how I see myself. Nine times out of ten, I am crazy overthinking and doubting every move I make. But I’ve finally reached this point where it doesn’t matter if I’m scared out of my mind and don’t feel brave. Sometimes you just have to make the choice to be who you know you were made to be.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a musician. I write, perform, and produce music amongst other things! Currently, I am teaching music lessons and I absolutely adore it, but pre-pandemic I was a full-time independent artist! I was gigging and playing at local, noteworthy venues like The Hotel Cafe as well as co-writing and collaborating with other artists. My favorite thing in the world is getting to create, whatever that may look like, in just about any form. Considering this and my love for music, songwriting naturally found its way in my path. I would say if I could do anything for the rest of my life, that is what I would choose. There is nothing more magical than creating something out of nothing, especially when you are getting to do it with others. In 2020, I released my debut album, Happy (Again), which was featured in many online publications and has gathered my largest streaming audience of yet. It was quite a process putting the album together as an indie artist, but without a doubt, it is one of the things I am most proud of in my career thus far. It proved to me that I can really do this artist thing if I want to. I think what sets me apart in this industry most is my desire to bring light into all I do. I create with the intention of bringing life-giving messages and content. Not just in my music, but in how I conduct my business and treat the people I interact with. Undoubtedly, I am still growing and learning what this looks like, but at the end of the day, my heart is truly set with the intention to love well in all I do.

What matters most to you? Why?
My faith. It is what has held me together in every hard moment. It is what has brought me every blessing and opportunity I have received. I would not be where or who I am today without it. God is good.

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