Today we’d like to introduce you to Luciana Garcia.
Luciana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am Luciana Garcia; I am a Modern Rock singer from Chile based in Los Angeles, CA.
It all began when I accidentally fell into a choir class in high school. The registrar’s office mixed up some files, and there I was, with zero singing or music experience- I remember thinking the bass was a third guitar- enrolled in a concert choir class. To this day, I am incredibly grateful to that clumsy registrar. Their mistake was the best thing that ever happened to me.
First day of choir class, and that was it. I was found by music. From one instant to another, I needed to sing like I needed to breathe. Sounds nice right? But there was one little catch; I was tone-deaf. On top of that, I was rhythm blind. I know what you’re thinking; what the heck does rhythm blind mean? Well, when you go to a live concert, and your idol asks you to clap along to your favorite tune, you just… clap along, right? I couldn’t do that. In fact, I was constantly asking myself how the heavens was everyone able to clap at the same time!
All these problems made singing so hard and even worse, people rejected me. Family looked at me with sadness and suggested other hobbies; peers laughed, all that fun stuff. So I stopped singing, trying to anyways.
Three years later, I was 18 and about to graduate. I was depressed, had gained weight, isolated all my loved ones, and I was convinced that I wanted to be an actress. What? Why? My father is an actor and so is my sister, it made sense to everyone. Everyone but me.
One day, after an audition for acting school, I stopped at a local coffee shop and had three pastries (I was incredibly depressed, don’t judge sis). This lady- Luna, 92- asked me to read something on the menu for her. We started talking, and she spoke about her dreams, the love of her life, her children and grandkids, etc. One thing she said was branded into my brain. “If I die tomorrow, it’s okay. I don’t say that out of sadness, I’ve just enjoyed my life so much, and I have no regrets”. She transmitted such peace. Fast forward two hours, I get home and all of a sudden BAM! Moment of realization. What am I doing? I don’t want to be an actress; I have a passion for music. I am music. I am going to take a gap year when I graduate high school, learn to sing, work, apply to music school in Hollywood. If I don’t get in, I’ll go to music school in Chile and apply the following term. All that took 60 seconds of clarity. Clarity triggered by Luna, the lady of no regrets.
And I did it! I moved to Los Angeles; I am currently getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the Musician’s Institute. I am a Modern Rock singer and songwriter, and I love it! Never for one second have I doubted that I am in the right path. And there have been some really tough seconds in this path. I am now releasing my debut single and music video “21st Century Baby,” which will be followed by an album called “You Will Know My Name.” I can’t wait to continue to pursue my career, inspire people, and build a community around my music. So that’s me. What about you? Are you following your dreams?
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Like I mentioned earlier, I have no natural talent to be a singer. It has been very hard work. Rejection from peers and lack of support from my family have really gotten to me at times.
However, since I decided to be a singer at 18, I have never doubted that this is my passion, and I have always had a clear vision for my music career. I consider that certainty my talent.
Please tell us about your work.
I am a Modern Rock solo artist. I sing and write my own songs. I have a band, and we gig around town a lot. I am very passionate about gender equality and female empowerment. I transmit that through my live show and my songs. As to my sound, think Amy Winehouse vocals on top of Green Day music. Okay, that might be my alter ego speaking, but you get the idea.
I am the most proud of myself for how far I’ve come with absolutely no one pushing me or doing anything for me. This career, this life is something I’ve created.
What sets me apart from others? I’ll let you be the judge of that, check my music out, reach out to me on social media, let’s chat.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I can’t think of anything I would’ve done differently since I dared to become a singer but here are some lessons I’ve learned along the way.
1. Don’t just work hard, work smart. Have a clear goal, a strategy.
2. You can’t do whatever you want; you can do whatever you work for. Literally anything. Just work for it.
3. Always be willing to learn. There is just always something new to learn from every situation. Listen to what life wants to teach you.
4. As cliché as it sounds, love wins. Everything you do from a place of love and acceptance, flourishes. Everything you do from a place of hatred or judgment contaminates you and those around you.
5. Play, enjoy, crave good times. Satisfy your appetite for life always. This life is beautiful. Let’s enjoy it together!
- Website: www.lucianagarciamusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/misslucianagarcia
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/lucianagarciamusic
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/mslucianagarcia
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