We recently connected with Mia Mormino and have shared our conversation below.
Mia, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today What’s the best or worst investment you’ve made (either in terms of time or money)? (Note, these responses are only intended as entertainment and shouldn’t be construed as investment advice)
The worst investment I’ve ever made with my music career has to be fake playlisting. When I first started making music I was pretty much alone and knew absolutely nothing in regards to music marketing, business, etc. As a naive young artist when some “professional” individual sends you a fancy-looking email saying they can get hundreds of thousands of people to listen to your brand new single, you think “Oh my god, this is my moment. I’m going to be a popstar. I never knew it was this easy”. So, at one point being that fresh face, I gave into the scams that slimy people trick young artists into purchasing. I genuinely didn’t know any better and these companies nowadays make it sound quite convincing by “promising” this and that. After my first year of making music, and tons of research, I learned how detrimental that could be to your career and place on Spotify. For those that don’t know, if Spotify detects any inauthentic listeners/streams, they have the right to shut down your entire profile, which deletes all music from the platform-every artist’s biggest fear. So with all of that being said…
To my fellow artists who are just starting out. If ANYONE ever says they can guarantee x-amount of streams or offers you some sort of “package” that costs $100 for 50,000 streams, run as fast as you can. Authentic playlists/playlisters cannot promise numbers when those numbers are constantly fluctuating due to the natural ebb and flow of the playlist’s listeners. Be patient and don’t waste your money or risk your spot as a Spotify artist for a boost of fake listeners. I promise you it’s not worth it and will only hurt you in the end!!!
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
I was introduced to the arts as a kid when my parents put me in dance classes at the age of three. I immediately “fell in love” with the concept of dance and went on doing that for about 15 years. I competed and performed all around the country in multiple teams and knew from about eight years old I wanted to become a professional dancer. As I grew up, I still loved dancing and all it entailed but felt I needed a more direct way of releasing the new emotions I was experiencing. So, I sat down, and wrote my first song, “Conflicted,” and the rest was history. I still love dancing, but the way singing and songwriting make me feel is indescribable.
What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect of being an artist is the freedom I have to express any and everything that I’m feeling/have experienced. Transforming my pain, trauma, and the rollercoaster that is discovering how to love myself into literal art is a feeling I wish everyone had the privilege of understanding. Personally, when it comes to speaking up I tend to have a hard time in fear that I will upset others, let someone down, and ultimately get hurt in the end. But with music, all of those difficulties completely melt away which allows me to create from the most genuine, authentic place in my soul. Rewarding is an understatement of how that aspect of it feels. What takes that to an entirely different level is when other people resonate with it. When I get messages expressing how someone related to my song or how they felt heard after hearing what I’ve created, I nearly fall apart. It’s an overwhelming amount of love and appreciation for what I do.
In your view, what can society to do to best support artists, creatives and a thriving creative ecosystem?
Support. Small. Artists.
Obviously, we all have our favorite megastars that we love and idolize, I know I sure do. But once in a while digging a little deeper to find a smaller artist maybe you’ve never heard of and giving their music a listen helps us out so much. Buying tickets to a local show, reposting a song to your Instagram story, or sharing a song with your friends goes further than I can even explain. And on top of it, the majority of the time since those artists are in the trenches, working our asses off, we “want it” more, so to speak, than the big dogs since we aren’t established just yet.
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