Writer Spotlight: Sofia Marie Gonzalez

Writer Spotlight: Sofia Marie Gonzalez

I’m so excited to introduce today’s interviewee: writer, actor and comedian Sofia Marie Gonzalez. Sofia is the creator of We Need To Talk, a comedy web series based on real-life breakups. You may recognize her from the viral BuzzFeed video, “If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say.” (She’s also appeared on network television in shows like NBC’s Community!) Here, Sofia shares what it’s like to work and play in the world of comedy writing.

Meet Sofia Marie Gonzalez

Tell us a bit about your background, upbringing, and how you got into comedy.

The first part of my life was spent in the beautiful city of San Francisco. My father was elected to the board of supervisors and it was a very exciting time. I remember my mother and father catching up about their days at dinner and me and my siblings trying to get in on the conversation.

In school there were a lot of field trips to museums and live theater. I loved performance art from a very early age and started auditioning for the school plays right away. I’m so grateful my mom would help me with everything from my costumes to running lines.

When we moved to Sacramento there was a lot more celebration for sports and athleticism. I got to play soccer and basketball and learn the value of being a teammate. I was lucky to have fantastic teachers. My brother was a couple of grades above me and watched out for me. My sister began college at UC Santa Cruz and I remember getting to hear about all of the exciting things she was up to over the phone. I ended up attending UC Santa Cruz for college and majoring in politics.

When my brother Jaime and I released We Need to Talk, our friends from high school and college were the first to help us spread the word.

What was the impetus for We Need to Talk?

The truth is, I was busy with my one-woman show and my boyfriend at the time took me to a Starbucks to tell me he had gotten another girl pregnant. Now most people would have gotten up and stormed out, but I thought it was such a peculiar moment and I felt compelled to investigate.

The more questions I asked the more hilarious the specifics of the situation seemed. He met her at Applebee’s, he thought she was “hot or whatever” and he didn’t find it weird to answer a phone call from her while we were talking. My comedian friends encouraged me at the time to write it down and hyperbolize different aspects of the reality. Then when I looked back at other dating flops, I thought, Wait, maybe this is a fun theme to explore, when two people fire each other from their lives.

What (or who) else has influenced your work and passions?

Maya Rudolph on Saturday Night Live inspired me to follow my dreams. Her Pamela Bell character singing the National Anthem can still bring me to laughter to the point where tears are streaming out of my eyes from glee! It was important for me to see a woman shining and sharing her intelligence and talent. When I started my training at The Groundlings School of Comedy, I took a meeting with a manager by the name of Pam Thomas. She had represented Maya early in her career. I took it as a sign from the universe and Pam became my manager. Years later I got to meet Maya and tell her how much she inspired me. She was so gracious and kind. I hope she knows how much that meant to me.

How much time do you spend writing or editing material on any given day or week?

The days range for me with professional projects, but I write every day. I start the day journaling about what I want to achieve for the day. I am always writing things down on my phone whether it’s silly observations, a cool place to do a scene, or big ideas that I would love to explore. I think it’s important to carry a journal. If you love writing, you should treat it how you would a great romance! Lots of attention and excitement.

There are the days where I will avoid a deadline, but then when I start I think why the hell was I avoiding this? This is awesome!

What is your writing process like?

I chase feelings. I love to write when I’m feeling sad. It’s so dramatic and dark and later very funny. So I’ll feel hurt by a friend or boyfriend and then write the scene. Then I’ll go back and say okay how can I make this more fun? Where could they be having this conversation that would complicate the matter in a humorous way? Are they at a costume party? What details and specifics can I layer in while these characters hash this thing out?

Your work also involves a lot of collaboration with other writers, comics and actors. How does the collaborative process usually work?

Writers rooms are, to use an old lady slang, “da bomb.” I look forward to collaboration. Your idea can grow and get so much better. When I first started out I was very controlling of my work and didn’t want notes or suggestions. Then when I finally opened the door, I was so mad at myself for not being open to being collaborative sooner! Sometimes actors can make your written lines so much better, so give them a take or a chance to say it their way. If you truly don’t like it at least you gave them the respect as a collaborator to try. Also sometimes your ideas don’t have “legs,” and that is okay. It may just be a great one-liner and can be implemented in a different way.

Usually for a TV show you will pitch episode ideas. From there the group will discuss which ideas are the most exciting. Then the episodes get assigned to various writers. Then you regroup and punch up the script to make it better.

Describe the performance aspect of your work. How do you prepare for standup routines? What do you love most about them?

I usually write down things in my phone all the time that I think could be a “bit” or something to rave or rant about on stage. I am falling madly in love with stand-up comedy. I was lucky to join a class here in L.A. called Pretty Funny Women and then train privately with Jodi Miller. I am very lucky to perform consistently with awesome female comics. I am finding that revealing my fears and truth on stage is getting me bigger laughs than my observational humor.

What’s been your favorite project or gig so far, and why?

We Need to Talk was my favorite even though it was a lot of work to be wearing hats of writer, producer, actor and editing assistant! But I had so much fun working with the talent and the crew and of course my brother. I associate many happy memories with We Need to Talk. And I hope we get to do it again.

I also got to sit next to Chevy Chase one time in our make up chairs on NBC’s Community. And he was my favorite character in Three Amigos, so I get to brag about that!

With BuzzFeed I had the opportunity to make some social commentary with a video that received almost 5 million views, “If Latinos said the Stuff White People Say.” I am glad it resonated with so many people. Also I was part of the writer’s room for Fusion Comedy’s digital channel show SHADED and that was extremely rewarding to see our work come to life.

Comedy is still such a male-dominated arena. Have you faced sexism? How do you deal?

The truth is yes, it is there but I just say fuck that and keep moving. Yes, I have faced it and it was gross and awkward and awful. But then you just point it out to them in a clever way and you leave that B.S. in the dust. I’m cursing a lot in this answer aren’t I?

I have met amazing men in this business who have held my voice in high regard because I am a woman. I am proud to be a collaborator with men who are excited to work with women in comedy.

What’s your next plan? What’s your dream project?

I would love to write a feature film. I am also very excited for We Need to Talk to have a second life with other people’s stories.

What advice would you give to a young woman trying to make it as a comedian or comedy writer?

Do great work. I also advise finding community. There are so many great theaters, acting studios and excellent writing programs out here and if you hang around you will meet exciting, ambitious and lovely people. When you have great work to show people, the managers and agents will come. I am continuously working on making my reel and writing samples excellent and impressive.

Also have the most fun with your life and get inspiration from there.

 

Thank you Sofia for giving such an awesome behind-the-scenes look at the life of a comedian and writer. If you enjoyed Sofia’s interview, be sure to let her know in the comments and follow her on Twitter. Don’t forget to check out her series We Need To Talk.

Writer Spotlight: Nicole Belanger

Writer Spotlight: Nicole Belanger

As a writer, feminist and creator of this here site, I’m excited every time I come across someone whose mission is all about lifting up other women and whose writing I so admire.

I’m not sure how exactly I came across today’s interviewee, although Twitter was likely involved. Nicole Belanger is a writer and public speaker who talks about feminism, perfectionism and grief with eloquence and candor. Once I began reading about her latest project, Conversations With Her, I knew I wanted to have a conversation with Nicole. Lucky for us all, she agreed, and she has some wise words to share.

Meet Nicole Belanger

Tell us about your latest project, Conversations With Her. Where did the idea come from, and how did you choose your interview subjects?

To be honest, I can’t quite remember how the format came into being, but the idea came to me out of the blue last spring. I was having yet another moment of being brought to my knees with gratitude for all the phenomenal women that I have had the pleasure of knowing so far in my life, and I thought, “I just want to shout from the rooftops about them, I just want everyone else to know how great they are.” So, without much of a plan, I sent a tweet to a woman (Kate McCombs) that I followed on Twitter whose work I had admired from a distance and asked her if she would be open to being the first interview in a series that I’m starting. Thankfully, she was excited about it!

The only criteria I have for choosing a subject (beyond identifying as female) is that I am drawn to her and her work—for whatever reason. Sometimes these are friends or people that I’ve known for a long time. Other times I’m approaching complete strangers on social media!

Why is telling women’s stories is so important? What do you hope will result from the project?

Stories in general have this magical healing quality to them. When we see ourselves reflected in a story, it is a powerful reminder that we are not alone. I want every woman to have that experience. That moment of, “Wow, me too, I guess I’m not the only one.” To do that, we need to collect and share as many narratives about women’s lived experiences as humanly possible.

Another piece of it is that stories have the power to tune us into possibilities within ourselves that we never realized were there. They can be an invitation to imagine new ways of living and being that we didn’t think were possible. That’s really exciting to me.

Who are some of the women and writers (and women writers!) you admire most?

The list is endless, so I’ll give you some favourites women writers of the moment: Lyz Lenz, Stacia L. Brown, Safy-Hallan Farah, Durga Chew-Bose, Alana Massey, to name a few!

Nicole Belanger: Conversations With Her

You call yourself a “recovering overachiever.” How has your definition of success changed since you’ve dropped your overachiever tendencies?

It’s ever-changing, but I’ve let go of titles in a big way, and I’ve also let go of any major “career planning.” Things happen in their own time, and I’ve found that all you ever really need to do is work hard, keep your heart/ears open for the guidance, the “pulls” that will tug you along in the right direction, and then follow them.

You write a lot about grief and have been very open about mourning your mother. Once you allowed yourself to experience the grief of losing her, what steps did you take toward recovering? What was most helpful for you?

Short answer to a long question? Being kind to myself. That was a fucking battle. Allowing myself to be sad and messy and not super fun to be around and slow and needy.

It was a long, gradual process of cracking myself open. Cracking the veneer or perfectionism and logic and intelligence and maturity and control and letting a tender, vulnerable version of myself come through—the self that needed healing and attention. I was so scared to let that self through. I was afraid that she wouldn’t fit into the life I had built for myself, the life that I loved.

So day by day, month by month (and, if we’re being honest, year by year), I cracked myself open. At first, it was through my therapist’s assigned daily 15 minutes of grieving—literally forcing myself to take 15 minutes to sit with my grief, that’s how buttoned up I was. Then it was things like reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, and letting that give me feelings. Then it was writing about it. Then it was talking about it with others.

It was such a long, gradual process that I’m not sure I could look back and point to some specific step or strategy that made a big difference, but huge credit goes to my supportive, patient, and understanding circle of loved ones.

Your newsletter Girl Gang Missives is so wonderfully curated. What do you love about the medium and the community you’re growing?

This is my desire to shout from the rooftop about how awesome women are coming through again! Honestly? It’s just fun. It’s exciting for me to learn about what women across industries and walks of life are doing, and it’s really satisfying to amplify their work using my TinyLetter. I love that it’s fun, casual, and informal—like I’m sending an interesting article to my cousin.

Also, it is positively thrilling when a woman sends her work in to me to be featured. We deserve to have our work recognized and celebrated and put in the hands of the biggest possible audience!

Do you have any writing rules, routines, or mantras?

To be totally honest, I don’t. It changes week by week and month by month. It’s really about listening to my body. Last month, I rented an office in a coworking space to grind out the last of the work on my first ebook. This month? I’ve been feeling like a slower pace is in order, so I’ll be working from home to allow myself more flexibility. It’s basically body’s choice.

What advice would you give to your teenage self on writing and pursuing a career?

I recently heard one of the greatest pieces of career advice, and although I’m not sure I would have been able to internalize it as a teenager (or even a few years ago), it would have been helpful:

“If you want to achieve your dreams, you must follow them, and the best way to follow them is not to think about wanting to be very rich, but to think about doing something that you really want to do.” – Jackie Collins

What are you reading right now, or what’s on your to-read list?

On my night table right now is Syd Field’s The Foundations of Screenwriting, because that’s something I’m planning to explore this year. I also just wrapped up Rupi Kaur’s utterly breathtaking collection of poems titled milk and honey. Up next? I’d like to read God Help The Child by Toni Morrison, Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice and more of Barbara Kingsolver’s novels.

What work are you most proud of? What kinds of projects would you like to pursue in the future?

Right now, I’m really, really proud of the fact that I’m about to self-publish my first ebook. It’s a special collection of Conversations With Her pieces on the theme of resilience. The seven women featured in the book are remarkable individuals with tremendously powerful stories. I know that they will make a lot of people feel less alone, and I can’t wait to put that love out into the world. It’s going to be amazing.

Now that the book is wrapping up, I definitely have an eye to the future and am spending quite a bit of time thinking about what I’d like to do next. Like I mentioned earlier in the interview, I’m feeling a real pull toward screenwriting, so I’m definitely planning on following that pull to find out what that’s all about. I’m also really feeling guided to create some content around women’s reproductive and sexual health—what exactly that will look like, I’m not sure. But it’s something that I know can make women (myself included) feel awfully alone, and you know by now that I can’t stand for that!

 

Thanks so much to Nicole for such thoughtful and insightful words. (Seriously, how awesome is she?!) If you enjoyed Nicole’s interview, be sure to let her know in the comments and follow her on Twitter. While you’re at it, sign up for the Girl Gang Missives newsletter.

Writer Spotlight: A’Shanti Sanders

Writer Spotlight: A'Shanti Sanders

Since relaunching Witty Title Here, I’ve been blown away not just by the talent of so many young writers (because duh they’re brilliant), but by how they’re building their platforms and marketing themselves and even self-publishing. That’s exactly what 17-year-old A’Shanti Sanders, the first interviewee of the Writer Spotlight series, is doing.

Already, A’Shanti has self-published five books and shows no sign of stopping. She’s hard-working, smart and so sweet, and every writer could learn something from her disciplined and optimistic mindset.

Meet A’Shanti Sanders

Tell us about yourself!

Hello, my name is A’Shanti Sanders, I’m 17 years old, and I write urban street lit books. I have been writing for seven years! I sometimes get the real world and literary world mixed up. I literally write every chance I get, and I mean everywhere. School, the dinner table, in the car—I hear it’s my addiction. I now have five books published on Amazon and Kindle: The Love Homicide series, Trap Queens, and Not Looking for Love.

When and how did you become interested in self-publishing? What made you decide to pursue that route?

I first self-published my books on a great website called Wattpad. I wanted to get my stories out and see how people felt about them. It was really a great place to start.

Describe your writing process. Do you have any routines or habits?

My writing process is simple: Find a seat and get to channeling your feelings, haha. I don’t really have a routine, I can practically write anywhere. With eight siblings you become good at tuning out the world.

What’s the hardest part about writing? The best part?

The hardest part about writing has to be the “writer’s block.” Sometimes you have so many ideas, but you can’t express them how you want. It makes you want to pull your hair out. The best part is getting to be whatever you want when you write. You get to write in the mindset of so many different types of people. It’s amazing.

Tell us about the main characters in your books. Where do you come up with the inspiration for them, and what do you admire about them?

My main characters are always strong and brave individuals who have such a strong voice and great message to teach with their lives. Just like myself. I believe my characters come from the people around me—I come from a very unique background, and it has caused me to meet and imagine very unique people. I admire the strength behind each one of my characters. None of them come from easy lifestyles. They all encounter some very difficult life-or-death situations, but they all handle them in different ways and take them head-on.

Trap Queens by A'Shanti Sanders

What have you learned from self-publishing that might be helpful for others?

I’ve learned that not everyone is going to like your stories, and that it’s a process. You have to take it slow and do a lot of research on the market and what you’re trying to do.

Do you plan to pursue writing as a career? What would you like to be doing in 10 years?

I do plan on a writing career. After two years of self-publishing, I was approached by a great company who signed me, and it has been amazing. In 10 years I see myself as a best-selling author stocked on the shelves of major book stores and doing a lot of great things with my gift of writing. Just like some of my favorite authors.

Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?

Some of my favorite authors are Talehia McCants, the author of the Paradise and Nightmare series and Joy King, author of the Bitch series. I absolutely adore and look up to those women. Their books are amazing.

Are you working on any projects right now? Can you tell us about them?

Right now I’m working on my Trap Queens series and a few other surprise books for my fans. All I can say is you’re going to go on a roller coaster ride with these dramatic and insane characters. They’ll teach you what life in the ghetto as an American kingpin or queenpin is like.

Any advice for young writers about self-publishing (or writing in general)?

To everyone wanting to self-publish or publish a book period, you can do it! Take your time and research the business. There is a lot to learn. Not everyone is going to like what you write, and you won’t become a best-selling author overnight. Just keep on writing and pushing forward. If you work, I promise you it will be rewarded!

 

Thanks so much for sharing, A’Shanti! Follow A’Shanti on Twitter and check out her books on Amazon.

The “Lucky” Ones – An interview with circus performer & entrepreneur Sarah Morgan

I’ve been following today’s interviewee’s blog for a couple of years now and have always loved her style & insight. Now, I’m happy to introduce to you Sarah Morgan!

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Two years ago, Sarah Morgan quit her job and ran off with the circus. Literally. And as a web designer, business consultant, entrepreneur, blogger, aerial instructor and, yes, circus performer, she’s spent the past couple of years encouraging and teaching others how to follow their own passions as boldly as she has—while wearing many hats.

Sarah’s blog, xoSarah, is a showcase of both her aerial artistry and web design prowess, and through it, Sarah has established herself as an authority on solid web design and blogging how-to. She just recently published her second ebook, How to Double Your Blog Traffic in 90 Days (or Less!) and launched the Badass Babes Blog Club + E-Course for bloggers who want to amp up their own online spaces. When she’s not dominating the interwebs, she’s swinging from aerial silks as part of The Weird Sisters trio.

Welcome, Sarah!

Your talents are so varied! But let’s start with joining the circus. How did you get into aerial arts, and when did you decide to make it a profession along with your fellow Weird Sisters?

I randomly signed up for an aerial class just over four years ago as something fun to do and trained for about two years before we began to perform. Over the next year we ended up booking a lot of shows and at the same time my design business had grown enough that I was able to make those my full-time occupations. Soon after I added teaching aerial to the list as well.

How do you discipline your body to stay fit for such a physically demanding job? Do you have a regular routine you abide by?

I teach six to eight classes a week, so just going to work keeps me in shape for aerial. Since I’m in the air so often it’s more about injury prevention than building strength or flexibility. My routine is what we cover in class: cardio, abs, climbing, skill-building, stretching.

Describe the most interesting/random/weird event you’ve ever performed in.

We perform at a giant Halloween show every year called Theatre Bizarre. It’s not weird at all to me, but the random person off the street might be totally shocked by what they find inside. Contortion, burlesque, suspension, fire spinning/eating, strange sideshow acts—there’s really no way to describe it, it’s something you have to experience. This past year we performed as super sexy bearded ladies and fit right in. Here’s a video.

Sarah Morgan

On top of all that you also have your own successful web design business. How do you juggle these two very different jobs?

Calendars! I make sure to schedule everything and have five calendars to keep track of each aspect of my life. (That sounds nuts now that I’ve written it down, haha.) I don’t adhere to a super strict schedule for design work, which keeps me from feeling overwhelmed, but I know what needs to get done and when.

What are some of the biggest challenges that come with your professions? Do you ever experience self-doubt?

Personally, because I have two full-time jobs, it’s making sure I schedule my life in a way that I have time to take care of myself. Today I had rehearsal for three hours, then I came home and worked, and then I go back to the studio to teach and rehearse for two hours tonight. I have enough work to put me in the air or in front of my computer 16 hours a day every single day, so I’ve gotten really good at saying no and taking on only what I can handle.

I generally don’t feel self-doubt, which makes me sound like an over-confident jerk I’m sure. I suppose that if I’m going to do something I’m just going to do it, and worrying if I’m not good enough or going to fail isn’t helpful. I’m aware of both possibilities, but I deal with it after the fact instead of letting it slow me down or stop me from what I want to accomplish.

What was it like making the leap to total self-employment? Are you happier on this new path?

I had gotten to the point of being so unhappy at my corporate job I was essentially a real-life version of the movie Office Space. When I decided I was going to leave about 9 months before my escape, I became super motivated and excited to work on my side hustle. I prepared enough in advance that when my last day at work arrived I didn’t have any worries. It felt extremely freeing and I’m so so much happier working for myself.

Sarah Morgan

If you could live by one mantra, what would it be?

“Whether you think you can or think you cant, you’re right” – Henry Ford (there’s that no self-doubt thing again!)

What are some of your favorite books? Favorite blogs?

I really loved Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. It’s about marketing your business by sharing why you do what you do instead of what you do. AKA “I’m passionate about helping creative businesses build online homes that allow them to share what they love” vs. “I’m a web designer who makes beautiful and functional websites.” It really changed the way I market my business and my blog.

For bloggers I’m always inspired by Alexandra FranzenMarie ForleoThe Middle Finger Project and Betty Means Businesslots of badass ladies talking about building powerful online empires.

 

Thanks, Sarah, for sharing your story! Have any question for Sarah, or just love what she has to say? Let her know in the comments!

The “Lucky” Ones – An interview with teen music star & anti-bullying advocate Josey Milner

Today, I’m interviewing an 18-year-old rising country music star about her influences, her anti-bullying advocacy and being a young adult woman in a tough biz. Meet Josey Milner!

Josey Milner

In a matter of just a couple of years, Josey Milner has gone from small-town teen to rising country music star. At 17, her debut single “Not Pretty Enough” earned her a nomination from the Independent Country Music Award for Promising Young Artist, and she soon launched her own anti-bullying campaign with Angels and Doves.

Already, Josey has had the opportunity to make music with widely recognized producers, engineers and musicians who have worked with Hall and Oates, Elton John and Dolly Parton, among others. Josey’s latest single, “Cowgirls,” is a dance anthem she hopes will take her already promising career to the next level.

You’ve worked alongside some pretty big names in the studio at such a young age. How does that feel? And what was it like working with them?

It is amazing and intimidating all at once. It was intimidating because of the big name artists that they have worked with. Here I was, an 18-year-old girl who was fairly new to the industry, working with some very skilled people. All in all though, they treated me just like another artist. They gave me advice on anything I needed help on, and the final product(s) sounded amazing!

Who are some of your biggest influences, musically or otherwise?

Miranda Lambert, Patsy Cline, Jo Dee Messina, and George Strait are some of my top influences with music. I grew up listening to Patsy, Jo Dee and George. Miranda is a big influence because she doesn’t care what people thinks about her. She’s her real self in the spotlight and she continuously releases hit after hit. Besides musically, just anyone who has gone out and chased their dreams. It takes a lot to follow through with something like this, so anyone who has tried and is happy with where they got is an inspiration and influence.

Josey Milner

When was the first time you performed in front of an audience? And what has been your favorite performance to date?

My first time performing with my band was at a place called Whiskey Tango is Grain Valley, MO. It was very nerve-racking but I loved it. My first time performing in front of a crowd was either on my horse in the rodeo arena (if you count that as a performance) or when I sang at the National Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis, which is where my career really began. My favorite performance has been opening up for Scotty McCreery. It was amazing—completely sold out, and a memory that I will always remember.

You’re dedicated to a really noble cause. Describe your role as an anti-bullying advocate. Why is that so important to you?

I’m a spokesperson for Angels and Doves, a nationwide nonprofit charity that is focused on “bullying suicides.” With them, I am spreading the word about bullying through music. This organization is important to me because even though I have not been a victim of bullying, I have witnessed it. It breaks my heart when I see someone being picked on because of how they look, what their interests are, or anything on that level. Everyone breathes the same air and everyone should have the same opportunities. So hopefully with being involved with Angels and Doves, we will be able to make a difference.

You probably get a lot of advice as a young adult in the music business. What advice has resonated with you the most, and what advice would you give to young girls who want to do what you’re doing some day?

It’s hard to pick just a couple words of advice that I’ve been given. Throughout my career, I’ve always had someone there to lead me the right way on a decision. If I had to choose though, I would have to go with never giving up. Things can get frustrating, but you have to keep moving forward. You’re going to hit bumps along the way, but you have to get over them and not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. There’s always going to be negativity from people, but you can’t let that tear you down. It’s a lot of hard work, but it will pay off in the end. Continue pushing forward, and as long as you’re dedicated, passionate and determined, you will make it.

Josey Milner

Your single, “Not Pretty Enough,” touches on a subject a lot of girls can relate to. Do you think it’s tougher being a woman in the music business? Why or why not?

There are some times when I think that, but then other times not so much. I think sometimes people don’t think a girl can entertain as well as a guy can, but I think some of the best performers are girls. The hardest thing for me is my age and getting people to take a chance on me with being so young. The couple of chances I have been given though have always turned out really good.

What’s the best part about being a musician/performer? The most challenging part?

The best part for me is being able to perform on stage and know that I’m providing entertainment for the people in the audience. I also love being able to meet so many cool and unique people. From radio DJs to venue owners and all the people in between, it’s pretty cool getting to know someone that you’ve never met before.

What are some of your favorite albums?

Some of my favorite albums are: any George Strait album, any Miranda Lambert album, or any good album period. I’m not very picky when it comes to music and my favorite song tends to change almost every day, if not every day.

Which would you say has played a bigger role in your success so far—luck or persistence?

A little bit of both. I’ve been very fortunate to have had some of the opportunities that I’ve experienced. Sometimes it has been being at the right place at the right time, while other times have been because of dedication and hard work. They both play roles in the career. I’d probably say more persistence than luck though.

 

Thanks, Josey, for sharing your story! Have any questions or thoughts for Josey? Leave them in the comments.