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Rising Stars: Meet Audrey Collins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Audrey Collins.

Hi Audrey, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I always knew I wanted to sing. Music is what made my life so full of color and purpose. I started out in choirs, performing in local musicals, talent shows and pretty much any performing opportunity I could get my hands on at seven years old. My mom has always supported me. I could walk you through each step I took from there to where I am now, but it would be too long and boring to read. So to summarize, I took almost every avenue I could to sing and be on stage. From being signed to a Seattle Talent Agency (mainly for acting) to taking vocal lessons, to competing in talent shows and even singing National Anthems for the Mariners and other local teams, I was immersed in music. I picked up playing guitar and intentionally writing music my senior year of high school. After writing my first EP, I got into studio,  recorded it and released it. A couple of years later moved to Nashville in 2020 and lived there for almost two years working on my songwriting and now I live in LA continuing to “chase the dream”. 🙂

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I wouldn’t say the road has been smooth. I feel my journey has been “easier” than some and “harder” than others. My biggest struggles along the way have actually been hurdles I’ve had with myself. Have I been rejected and have had to change my approach in the industry? Yes, many times. I used to let those disappointments cripple me though for days or even weeks at times. But once I could accept many let downs as part of the job, I could move forward with only a fraction of the disappointment I used to have. I have also struggled with being a perfectionist which has stopped me at times from trying new things. Which, in my opinion, has been one of the worst qualities I and any artist could have. It’s only been the past few years that I have been able to handle my emotions well enough around perfectionism and rejection.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I do love love love to sing and I feel good when I do it. It’s the skill I’ve worked the longest on. But because I love it so much, it’s weird for me to say I have had to “work” on it. I wouldn’t consider the years of training as work. Work sounds lame and it’s really been fun. I would say I am proud of myself for pursuing songwriting. At first, it was really hard and learning the basics of guitar was really hard and sadly boring for the way my brain functions. So I had to discipline myself to get good at those things. I never thought I would enjoy songwriting, but once I started to write better quality songs, I enjoyed it. I think I will always be songwriting now. So I am happy I pushed through the initial challenges. In regards to what sets me apart from others, I kindly suggest taking a look at my music and media and deciding that for yourself. I hope you find it approachable because I would consider myself the “girl next door”. Kind of bubbly, kind of introverted/serious, but always down for a good conversation and being honest. I can’t hide my emotions very well. Is that a good or bad thing? I don’t know haha but it is what it is and what it is, is not hidden.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I think a mixture of perseverance, staying positive , and staying grounded are some key qualities to what I believe will make or break me. That being said there are so many more. I will say taking care of my health is also key because without your taking care of your body, it can make accomplishing one’s goals even tougher what than they already are.

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