We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Gabriella Stella a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Gabriella, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today Did you always know you wanted to pursue a creative or artistic career? When did you first know?
I grew up listening to my dad bang his drums in the garage. He is in a British invasion band as the drummer; just to give a little context. During that year a tv show came out and it truly changed me for the better. That show that changed everything was Hannah Montana. I had always loved music and singing, but that show made me want to be a musician. I signed up for my first talent show at my school and the rest is history. The music bug had taken a bite out of me and there was nothing that could stop it. I was constantly signing up for talent shows, piano lessons, stage performance, musicals, etc. I wanted to become the best musician I could possibly be.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
Hello! My name is Gabriella Stella and I am a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Dallas, TX. I currently write my own music, play piano, and lightly produce my covers for instagram. I am currently learning how to play guitar on my left handed pink electric guitar. I think what sets me apart from other artists is I truly am my own cheerleader. I think in this industry it’s easy to self doubt and let opinions get the best of you. I live by 2 life mantras and one of them is Everything happens for a reason; the other is it takes one yes. I am most proud of the fact I was featured in Rolling Stone India and now have two songs that currently have over 20k streams. I want people to take my music and have it by their outlet like music is to me. Music has truly been my friend when I didn’t have any. I want people to listen to my music whenever they feel alone or just need an escape from reality.
Are there any books, videos, essays or other resources that have significantly impacted your management and entrepreneurial thinking and philosophy?
I am in love with a book called “The Alchemist” and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F@#$”. “The Alchemist” taught me how to see the signs; the universe gives you to show you are on your right path. You truly have to take a second and look around to for them. Whenever I am questioning things, I looked around and always see ladybugs/white butterflies. Lady bugs signify protection, healing, evolution, grace, and talent. White butterflies come around to provide protection and let you know that everything will be ok. Your thoughts truly hold weight just like your words do, so when you think you can you can and when you think you can’t you can’t. The other book “”The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F@#$” gives you a comfort about not giving a f#@$. I think sometimes self-help books can do more harm than good. That is not always the case, but it can make you feel worse about your negative feelings. But this book gives you a feeling that it’s ok to not be ok. I think when you allow yourself to truly feel those emotions, you can finally grow as a person.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
The most rewarding part of being an artist is having someone say they love your song or they can relate to the song. As an artist that’s all you ever want. That feeling and then having people sing back your song is truly indescribable. We all want to be seen and heard as people. But as an artist we are constantly looking for that approval but on a larger scale.
- Website: https://www.gabriellastella.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellaastella/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabriellaastella/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm8t6–knvdHAbCbhbLCNwg
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