Today we’d like to introduce you to Cameron Reinhardt.
Cameron, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Music started as a ‘casual hobby’ for me – a safe box I could put it in so that I wouldn’t risk hoping for it to be more- since I had grown up believing that music and arts were no way to go about making a living for yourself.
I enjoyed playing and singing in my free time until it became like the central nervous system of my mental and emotional life: every spark of joy, shock of pain, lull of depression, and wave of inspiration flowed through the music as I began writing my own songs. The asylum it gave me when family matters crumbled, when I was made to drop out of college and cut out of a lease, when my heart fell and broke for the first time, when I moved 400 miles away, when I moved back 5 months later feeling defeated, and in every crack between, made every turn my life has taken over the past few years just soft enough to bear.
I found that I could be vulnerable in my creative endeavors in music, which allowed for a raw and true expression of my heart’s tremors that were just a bit too shaky to reveal in the day to day. Through this vulnerability and the art that it resulted in, I was faced with an even greater risk of self-exposure: to share what I had made with others. I decided that if I was to stay true to the path that this music and expression had led me down, I must continue to challenge myself to expose that, and invite others into it with me.
With the encouragement of friends and a growing passion, I decided to fully send my project, Just Cameron, to connect with others in a space of vulnerability and be able to step towards growth together through it. I am empowered by my creative processes and want to share that experience with others in community, empowering them to find that space for themselves: a space of self-expression, healing, and growth.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The greatest obstacle that I face in this process is self-doubt. As we already operate in such a competitive world, to take a gamble on something so immeasurable as creative impact, feels like I am constantly trying to catch up with “where I should be.” We easily allow ourselves to dismiss ourselves as not good enough to pursue our true passions, because someone is doing it better, somewhere the spot is already taken. But as I have processed this struggle with my friend Jade, founder of the Good Enough Campaign, I have taken measures to continue to champion the campaigns message of overcoming these self doubts to pursue what makes you feel most alive, for the sake that your truest self can reach the people you are made to reach.
I feel a swarm of anxiety when I consider the “lack of stability” of pursuing my creative process with intent of it becoming my main expedition and career. Having been raised in a financially unstable home ridden with worry about the next paycheck and how many bills we can postpone, it has been drilled into my mind to choose a path that will guarantee me financial security. Meanwhile my drive lies in my music, so I must deny myself that comfortability to pursue what might reach people with my vision.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As an alternative/indie music artist in the Orange County area, I seek to expose my inner self in order to connect with others through vulnerability and community through creativity. Just Cameron is a platform for not only my own creative endeavors but for the empowering of others to be fully themselves and connect as a community of quality humans with human qualities.
I open every performance with these lines:
“Hello, I’m Just Cameron.
My pronouns are they/them.
I am here because I want to reach Quality Humans, like all of you (audience),
with my Human Qualities.”
This states my vision pretty clear and concise: I open with sharing myself, my identity with my audience. Then communicate that what I am doing is not radical or alien but an exposure of what makes me human (my Human Qualities), it is something anyone can share. I want them to know that I intend on sharing and opening a space for connection because they are worth it, they are Quality Humans.
I believe in what I am doing. I believe in my purpose. And I want to bring people on board with me to grow a community around it.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
It’s hard to say if I would have done anything differently because I would only then have learned from a different mistake. I believe every step of this journey has been vital to my growth as an artist, and the growth of my project. I have learned that I must respect and believe in myself before asking anyone else to do the same, and thus I must respect the process this has brought me through and believe in the movement it can bring for myself and others.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justcamsmusic/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justcamsmusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/justcamsmusic
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