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Meet Isabelle Lima

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isabelle Lima.

Isabelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My life has always been a rollercoaster of adventures, but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I was born and raised in Brazil and lived there for most of my life. I got a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and briefly worked in that business until I realized my true dream was to work with music.

Coming from a non-musical family in Brazil, it always seemed impossible for me to learn and do music for a living since most Brazilian schools do not offer music education and the majority of musicians in Brazil are either self-taught or learn their craft from their parents and family members. While I was in college for Journalism I felt a longing for new experiences, so I went to live in Sweden for six months through an exchange program. The Nordic countries always fascinated me because they were so different from my reality in Brazil. Their culture, history, climate (I had never seen snow in my life prior to living in Sweden), and most importantly, their music scene and the popularity of heavy metal in those countries truly enticed me to go live there and experience it all firsthand.

When I went back to Brazil after my exchange program in Sweden, I realized that my calling was abroad and I needed to fulfill my musical goals. So after I graduated from Journalism, I applied to several music schools in the US and decided to move to LA to attend Musicians Institute. It was the best decision I made in my life. I got an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance and two Certificates in Audio Engineering (Live Sound Production and Post Production). I couldn’t be happier in the path I chose and I am more certain than ever that music is what I was always meant to do.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road at all, but I’ve enjoyed the ride a lot. Even with the ups and downs, I am glad and proud to say that I have truly been living my life to the fullest. I don’t worry about becoming famous or rich because it’s never been about that for me. To me, it’s always been about looking back whenever I’m old and acknowledging that even if I may not have “made it”, I went for it. I did it. I had the courage to leave it all behind and pursue my dreams, living in the present and seizing the day without thinking about the past or the future. Of course, the fear and anxiety still occasionally creep in the back of my mind, and the doubt of whether I’m going to be able to actually make a living out of my art or not still worries me from time to time. But I do my best to shut these thoughts away and remind myself that whatever is meant to be mine, will be. And there is nothing that determination and hard work can’t conquer.

Please tell us more about your story. What should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a vocalist and audio engineer. As a vocalist, I sing many different genres but specialize in heavy metal. Extreme vocals and screams have always been my passion, and having the proper technique to be able to sing such demanding vocals is one of the things I take the most pride in. As an audio engineer, I work with several fields of engineering: studio recording, live sound and post-production. If I had to pick my favorite, I would probably say post-production. As a movie and tv series lover, being able to work with editing and mixing for film and tv has been an amazing and fun experience.

What moments in your career are you most proud of?
The proudest moments of my career have been performing at renowned venues throughout LA such as the Whisky a Go Go, the Viper Room and the Rainbow. I’ve sung alongside Forgotten Legion, a heavy metal band from LA, and it’s always an amazing experience sharing the stage with them. I’m also really proud to be one of the few females to pursue a career in audio engineering. Both heavy metal music and audio engineering are very male-dominated fields, and I’m thrilled to be a woman working in them.

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