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Meet Lydia René

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lydia René.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in an extremely musical family. Everyone sings everyone plays piano, so I didn’t know anything else. It was a requirement to learn how to play piano in my house so my Dad started teaching me at 5 years old. I continued lessons with his piano teacher around age 12 until I went to college.

I started writing songs in high school because it was another form of self-expression outside of poetry (which I wrote a lot of). I put all of my issues, struggles, fears, loves into my songs.

After I college I finally started to focus on music in a serious way, I wanted to put my songs out there but was unsure if I had the voice to do that. It wasn’t until my Aunt, who is a worship leader and gospel artist, encouraged me to sing my own songs. That’s when I decided to start doing music. I recorded my 1st Live album, “My Love is My Life” in just 1 short week. After that I went on to perform at every live venue in the Philadelphia area, also New York City, DC, and New Jersey.

After hitting the live circuit and working with and opening up for some of my favorite artists I decided to move to Los Angeles where I finished my 1st studio album “Vintage Heart”. I’ve been able to sing in Commercials, Television shows, Music Videos Movies and Trailers. I’ve also put choirs together for some of these opportunities as well.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. Being an independent Singer/Songwriter is extremely difficult. The biggest struggles are generating consistent income from your craft. When you aren’t signed to a label or publishing deal you are a 1 man show. So acquiring opportunities that will pay your rent can be very hard.

Being a 1 man show can be very rewarding in that when you get paid all the money goes to you, but you have to do all the work! Lol Promoting yourself on social media, making the time to write, record, produce new music, do shows, book your shows, I even do my own graphic design for album art and show posters.

In the entertainment industry, the emphasis is always placed on how you look, whether it be your skin color, size or even the type of hair you have. Being a woman in entertainment can sometimes be exhausting and it can really damage your self-esteem. I’ve always struggled with staying confident in how I look and how I present myself.

You see certain people progressing in their career (doing the same thing you do) and they look nothing like you. It’s a very real obstacle that many of us deal with. But you have to know that you are beautiful special and unique the way God created you.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m an independent Singer/Songwriter, and essentially I am my own brand. Since moving to Los Angeles I’ve been able to book work as a Session singer, Vocal Contractor, Commercial actor and a Curvy model.

I’m most proud of being able to establish my brand and branch out into other areas of entertainment in such a short time.

What sets me apart is that I have multiple talents and I am able to adapt to every situation.

As a singer/songwriter/live performer I make timeless music that people of many ages enjoy. I know how to put on a live show, play instruments, and study my craft and always commit myself to being better.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t do anything differently if I could start over. Every mistake I’ve made has taught me something. It forces you to improve, learn more, get better in that area which makes you more of an expert in your field.

When those challenges arise again, you already know what to do and how to get through it and maybe help someone else with the same problems/issues.

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Image Credit:
Chobani Yogurt – Fruit Symphony Commercial, Jennifer Johnson Photography

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