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Meet Ty Glascoe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ty Glascoe.

Ty, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I was a baby, the only thing I liked to do was watch Kid songs tapes and sing along imagining myself in the programs. I spent a lot of time in my imagination. Once in awhile I would bring my family into the world I created in my head and perform for them. Once I discovered Michael Jackson, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Even though I was very shy, I would sing and dance for everyone. My best friend and I would create shows in his living room by using our own clothes as costumes and a karaoke machine.

In my preteens, I started entering talent shows and performing in church. I also started dance classes and performing in dance recitals. Winning a few talents shows gave me confidence but losing also helped me learn to not give up and how to take criticism. I enrolled in Long Island High School for the Arts majoring in Vocal Music with a theatre dance elective course. After I graduated, I started training in Commercial Dance at Broadway Dance Center. After two years I signed with my first talent agency and started my professional career in the entertainment business while still studying online at Berklee College of Music.

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?
This was definitely not a smooth road. The entertainment business is an industry that requires financial investment, years of training, constant travel and sacrifice of time. You become your own brand and have to market yourself for work.

Personally, I’ve relocated to a few different cities with different agencies to test how well I’d do in each market. I started in New York City, then Atlanta, and now Los Angeles. Luckily I’ve had some success in each location but unfortunately, that has really hindered my personal life. I haven’t spent the holidays with my family in eight years. That is very tough. Also, constantly investing in my brand has been a financial burden at times as well.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Well after years of being fortunate enough to performing in other artists’ visions, I’m finally getting to create my own music. I’m currently an independent artist so I’m doing everything pretty much on my own. I’m writing, producing, mixing, and mastering my music myself. I also finance my own distribution and marketing myself.

I’m a one-man show. I’m most proud of my patience and how I really took the time to educate myself in everything I needed to do what I love. I took no shortcuts. I took the classes in performance, production, and business to really gain the knowledge. I also don’t use samples in my productions. It’s not that I’m against them. I just want my work to be as original as possible.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I believe everything happens for a reason. Life gives you circumstances and it’s up to you to make something of it. One could argue that some of the most successful people in the world were pretty unlucky with the circumstances they were born into but they made something of it. You can do anything if you put your mind, your heart, and your actions into it fearlessly.

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