Azra | Soulful Pop Singer-Songwriter

 

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On her industry...

I decided to become a musician because I wanted to live my dream. I've fantasized about being a singer/performer since I was four years old and I needed to live that dream. I also always wanted to help people, and I knew I could do this through my music. 

On her biggest doubts…

In terms of starting my new company I think having some doubts is normal as every business owner has to know that there is risk involved, but in general, it only made sense to me from a business perspective and also based on my previous experiences in business to start my own. I have consulted for other big companies, ran my own business in different areas, and now that I am finally pursuing my passion in music as an Artist, I definitely needed to put all of my skills and knowledge I've gained towards the music business and industry as a whole. I knew that I definitely did not have all the answers and accepted that the road was going to be filled with ups and downs. Hopefully more ups :). 

On taking the leap…

I took the traditional route, went to college, got a dope job to travel all over the country/world and consult for multiple companies, but in the end, I had no choice but to finally follow my heart and obey my soul to my passion in music. Azra's voice inside of me was too loud ;) 

On the advantages and disadvantages in her industry…

I think in the music industry, the disadvantage and advantage are the same: dealing with a lot of the unknowns. This makes it that much more interesting, challenging and fun. 

On something she wants the #LFCommunity to know…

I actually almost lost my entire right eye sight when I was 19 years old while I was pursuing 3 internships in NYC and singing and dancing in a girl group. I got diagnosed with an eye condition called glaucoma which was very rare for young people to get. It was a traumatic experience of three years which made me into the person that I am now. During my surgery and treatment, I was advised (by doctors, researchers, surgeons) to stop anything that required strenuous exercise and strain on my body. Which to me felt like a death sentence because it meant that I stop all of my passions in singing, performing and hiphop dancing...I did in fact stop these temporarily and it took me to a "contained" dark place. However this experience enlightened me to see another perspective in life and to realize what is truly important to me and what my mission should be in life. This experience made me delay pursuing my passion in singing and made me go after safety and stability. But look, I eventually went all the way around and came back to my original dream. 

The point of me sharing this story is to let everyone know that if you have a dream and passion, no matter the size, if it's there, don't ignore it. Explore it. Because even after my eye incident, and multiple other life events that taught me so much, however still threw me off, I still landed back here... to my 4-year-old childhood dream.

On something she’s learned about herself throughout this process…

Trusting my intuition. Consistency is key and sometimes you need to create your own barometer. Everyone will to want to give you all types of opinions, but at the end of the day, you need to have your own measurement of your life and career.

On how she keeps her job interesting…

Being an artist and a business owner keeps my job extremely fresh everyday... I am constantly thinking, learning and looking for areas of improvement...questioning myself is very important. 

On career advice for the #LFCommunity…

I got so much more to learn every single day... but if I were to share some of my learnings to the readers, I'd say: 
What you give your energy and time to is what will manifest, so spend your energy and time wisely.
Go against the grain if you must for your dream. Embrace the hard times, seek answers in the midst of chaos. Turn yourself away from those who tell you that you can't and surround yourself with people who believe in you no matter how BIG, SMALL, RIDICULOUS your dream may be perceived. Lastly, be the biggest gambler of your life and bet everything on yourself ;). 

You can learn more about Azra on her website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook


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