Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristien Owens.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristien. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been surrounded by music from as early as I can remember. From singing Stevie Wonder songs in the car with my dad to going and watching my mother and sister sing “silver and gold” duets all around the age of 4 or 5.
Music and sports have always been my life. My sister has the biggest influence on me musically because she’s the first to put a pen and paper in my hand and make me write a rap. She’s an artist herself (Lauren Ivory), so being in the studio was something I experienced at a young age. I didn’t take music serious until I was in my first year of college. Starting a group with a couple friends of mine and recording song after song on my MacBook laptop in my closest was the beginning stages of where I am now.
I had released two mixtapes with a childhood friend and local artist “Aye Mitch!” where we were figuring out our styles, voices, and life in general. After a few years of the group thing, we decided that we’d be better off as solo artists and I began my own route. I created a brand that was generated from the emotions I felt from my most recent relationship and named it “Stuck”. It was also the name of my first EP, a five song project that I released everywhere in May 2018. From that name, I’ve created different lanes for myself in which I continued to follow my passion and use my gifts to generate income for myself. “Stuckonedits” is the name of my photo/video business and I run music events called “Stuckonvibes” in Long Beach as well.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Anything worth having is always going to come with struggles, so the road has certainly not been smooth the entire time but I believe that’s the way you want it. It gives you more of an appreciation when you accomplish things through adversities and makes you a stronger and wiser person. As an artist I’ve dealt with the struggles of finding your confidence with music, finding a place to record, trying to figure out which move is next, getting people to take you seriously, the struggle of social media and not getting the attention you think you’re worth, trying to balance work life, personal life, and music.
As a visual artist and running a camera business, the struggles were different in the sense it was a completely different lane but because of what I went through and learned as a music artist, I was able to figure out my approach and withstand the struggles a lot easier. The bottom line to anything you start is to keep going no matter what may happen because if you can visualize your dream, you can make it a reality through consistency and discipline. At this point, nobody can get in the way of my success other than myself.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m simply creative. I make music, I take photos, I shoot videos of all types, I throw and host music events, I’m an athlete and a businessman. What separates me from anyone else is everything I do is organic and I’ve found a way to tie everything together. I have an understanding for who I am and what makes me happy so that allows me to plan and organize efficiently.
There’s passion behind everything I involve myself with which makes for a better product and allows people to attach themselves to what I’m doing easier. People can and will always respect a hustler. I also have the best team of supporters around me for all my endeavors that allow me to be the best version of myself possible. Shoutout to CapturedbyGwin!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
God first of course! My parents have been instrumental in my life as well. My dad is huge for me and has molded me into the man I am today and becoming. My mother helps and inspires me daily in ways she doesn’t even know. I hear my mom when I sing and see every bit of her personality when I am on stage. She’d tell me “we’re just entertainers” lol.
My good friend and engineer Dan has been there every step of the way since I decided to take music serious and is someone who I can always trust to guide me in the right direction musically. I have a core group of friends that is very important because I don’t believe in having people around me who will always tell me what I want to hear. My photography partner Gwin, for putting the camera in my hand and helping me jumpstart what is now my “job”. My last relationship needs credit too because that inspired my first great song. Thanks, Nene lol. I know I’m forgetting someone but they know its love.
- Website: capturedbygwin.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristienowens/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristienowens
Eddie Gwin (@Capturedbygwin)