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Meet Vitor Melo in Torrance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vitor Melo.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Vitor. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in the capital of Brazil and I started to play the guitar around eight years of age. My father who had a very brief attempt to make a career as a musician started teaching me sporadically. From then, I started to take it very seriously and I’ve always known that it was what I wanted to do professionally. Since there are no professional musicians in my family, the idea of me pursuing music as a career was never encouraged. As frustrating as that was, for various reasons, I didn’t have enough confidence and I never really believed myself enough to go against the rest of the world and to answer my calling. I then spend many years jumping from course to course or job to job trying to find what I knew I was not looking for.

By the time I was 22, I’ve dealt with extremely serious health issues, which led to many surgeries and an overall treatment that lasted over two years. As difficult as this scenario was, I was “lucky” to walk out of it with not very significant after-effects. This whole situation, allied with the unconditional support of my wife, made me realize that life can be very short and shouldn’t be wasted being lived the way others want you to live it.

We decided to move to Los Angeles and for the past five years, I’ve been finally devoting my professional efforts to something I believe in. I haven’t walk in the park since the beginning, but some great things have and continue to happen. I’ve traveled all over the country and overseas working as a musician, met and performed with some of my idols and am lucky enough to be able to do this full time and on daily basis.

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?
As mentioned, the difficulties came from various fronts. The health issues, moving to a place we had never been to with the challenge of making it work on our own, financial difficulties etc.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a freelance musician and I work mainly as a sideman. I am a multi-instrumentalist and being versatile and able to quickly adapt to diverse situations has open many doors over the last few years. I am able to authentically perform a broad diversity of music styles and sound genuine while playing multiple instruments.

What were you like growing up?
I’ve always been an introvert and I tend to listen a lot more than I speak. I have a very creative, curious and unsettled mind and I tend to engage in multiple things at once. Music might be my main area of interest, but I have many, many others such as Language, Literature, Sciences, History, etc. I used to be very interested in politics, economy and multiple sides of government action and I would spend a lot of time reading and researching on the topic. I then got tired of being depressed and decided I wouldn’t read the news, watch TV and that’s basically what I have been doing so far.

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Walter Gutierrez, Sarah Harasty

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