Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Lauren.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My mom will tell you I started singing when I was two and by the time I was 16, I was singing jazz in bars almost nightly. When I graduated USC in 2009, I had recorded several albums and performed all over the world. I had every intention of continuing to pursue a career in jazz after graduation, but with the economy in crisis, I had to find a day time job. I started nannying and fell in love with child development. After a few years of learning everything I could about child development and training in a parenting method called RIE, I shifted gears and focused entirely on my jobs as a nanny and parent coach. It wasn’t until I had my son in 2019 that I started to sing again. In January 2020, I combined my two life passions and created the Wildflower Music Class. My class is a peaceful introduction to beautiful music – a mix of familiar children’s songs, Waldorf poems, jazz songs and stories. When Los Angeles was put under the stay at home order, I started holding my music class on ZOOM every morning at 10am PST. The wonderful thing about ZOOM is families from all over the world can join and I can bring in my friends as guest artists! Children who come to class will leave having listened to world-class musicians.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In order to be an exceptional artist, you wear your heart on your sleeve. You give away a piece of yourself every time you perform. In order to become a successful musician (commodity) you have to endure a lot of rejection – lots and lots of “no” and many nights performing in loud bars where no one is listening. It was a dichotomy that was really painful for me. I am an introvert at heart, so I think it was easier for me to stop singing than to continue the ups and downs of trying to “make it” in Los Angeles, The problem with that is that singers have to sing. It feeds our soul in a way nothing else can. I lost a huge part of myself – my identity and joy- when I stopped performing. Singing for the children in my class might not be the picture of success I imagined when I was in my twenties, but it makes me happy. The older I get, the more I realize that’s all that really matters.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Wildflower Music Class – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Wildflower Music Class is a music class for children 0-6! The class is a mix of familiar children’s songs, jazz songs, Waldorf poems, special guest musicians from all over the world and stories. I created the class I wanted for my son – a positive sensory experience through natural materials, high-quality musicians/instruments and a peaceful introduction to beautiful, familiar songs. It is a class that adults will also enjoy with their children – which I felt was important.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Right now, I am focusing on the now. Coronavirus has made it pretty difficult to plan ahead! For now, I am going to continue doing my class on ZOOM every morning at 10am PST and recording songs remotely when I can! I would love to record a children’s album someday, but let’s get out of our homes first!
- My class on ZOOM is “pay what you can” with a $5 minimum
- Website: wildflowermusicclass.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildflowermusicclass/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildflowermusicclass/