Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Lightman.
Sarah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The story is quite hefty, so I’ll make it short as short and sweet as I can. I grew up in a creative family on the East Coast. I grew up with hippie parents and everyone in my family either paints or plays some sort of music instrument. I always loved to sing and write songs, but when my dad who was a singer/songwriter passed away when I was 14, I got thrown off course.
My main example and musical hero was gone, and I didn’t know how to continue doing music without him. I spent a number of years figuring out what I wanted to do and how I wanted to go about this creative universe, which brought me out to LA after graduating from Temple University with a theater degree.
After moving to the valley I did some soul searching and really worked on bettering myself, which ultimately led me back to my path of songwriting, my people, and then the streets of Downtown Burbank where I gained the acknowledgment I needed to put myself 100% into the music industry.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As I mentioned before the road during my early youth was definitely a bumpy ride, and it was a very difficult move to Los Angeles. I had mixed reactions from family and the surrounding community about my move. Some said yea go for it, I’m so excited for you!
Others would say I was being foolish, unrealistic, Los Angeles is full of fake people, you won’t survive, etc. Definitely a mixed bag for sure, but I chose to listen to those who were supportive, and my aunt and uncle who took the time to help me prepare for the move.
A week before moving, my roommates fell through, someone tried to break into the car to steal my luggage, my boyfriend at the time asked for a “break,” I ended up having a toxic living situation for the first year, and so I was at a particularly negative and low point of my life.
However, I am so thankful for it because it gave me a strong foundation as a person and as a songwriter. After about another year of healing and letting that trauma go, while finding my ground, my life started to really come together and build a home in the music world.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a singer/songwriter artist with a specific purpose. I don’t just write music because it feels good to explore sounds and where I can stretch the boundaries of lyrics. I write from my personal experiences with the intention of connecting people on an intimate level that might have been neglected for some time.
My hopes are that sharing my stories and wisdom through songs will help replenish emotional intelligence and help others feel better and leave in a different headspace from before they heard the music.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think that definition is different from person to person. I don’t think it’s about how money you make or how many great friends and family you have.
For me, I think success is when one chooses to brave and to challenge themselves to do better, including failing, and all the while allowing themselves to accept and welcome the changes that need to happen in order to thrive.
With those principles, success is possible because you will be fearless and embrace it with open arms. Success is not the end result, but rather the steps you took and the person you chose to be that made your goal possible.
- Website: www.sarah-lightman.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @sarahlightman
- Facebook: Facebook.com/sarahlightmansings
- Twitter: Twitter.com/sarahlightman
- Other: Youtube.com/sarahlightmanandfriends
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