This week’s Spotlight is about the beautiful, sweet & charismatic Drea!
She is a very talented singer/songwriter & writer. She has always loved writing from journaling to poetry and writing music. As a fellow writer it is always a pleasure to meet such a talented writer and I am so glad I will be able to feature Drea this week and share with you a little glimpse into her life.
Drea moved to LA from Minnesota all by herself to follow her dreams and she has accomplished a lot and all it took was a big leap of faith! She states moving to LA is by far her greatest accomplishment. She stated “Los Angeles is not an easy city to live in, and the music industry can be ruthless. I moved out here without any connections, no job, no place to live. Looking back, I may have been a little insane at the time, but I’m here now, and I’ve made it work for almost four years. I now have a full time job I love and my own place. I feel safe. I am putting down more roots. I look back at that crazy girl who packed her life in her Jeep and drove 2,000 miles from Minnesota to Los Angeles and just thank her for bringing me to this point.” This is such a courageous act to do and Creatively Linked loves that Drea is determined to fight for her dreams even if that means starting a new life in a totally different state! #CREATIVELYLINKED, #GOALS, #BOSSBABE
Drea’s wants to help make the world a safer place for women, and to help make their voices and needs heard as equals in our global society. She stated “I want to make enough money off of music to be a full time entertainer, and to move my family to California. I want to be a wife and a mother. I want to write a book. I want to be a professor. I want to help make people feel like they are not alone, and that they are safe to be whoever they truly are.” These are just a few of her goals in life and I know she will accomplish them!
When I asked Drea to share her fears about pursuing her music career she stated “music was never supposed to be a career for me. I was raised in a home of intellectuals, and I was encouraged to pursue academics. I was supported in my pursuit of music as a hobby, but I was expected to go to grad school after I graduated with my BA in Women’s Studies. I expected that of myself, too. But the moment I turned in my dissertation, I started writing music again. Writing music is my natural state of being when nothing else demands my attention. I am afraid almost every day that this thing won’t pay off, that I should have gone to grad school and stayed close to home to be near my family and friends. But I’ve made a commitment to myself not to make decisions out of fear, and that helps keep me on track when the going gets tough.” A direct message to you Drea is that you can do anything you put your mind to! You will accomplish your goals and I can’t wait to see you succeed!
I asked Drea if what she is doing now is what she always wanted to do growing up? She stated yes, & no ; “a true Leo, I grew up a child of the spotlight. I was in plays throughout my childhood and school years. I wanted to be the next Lucille Ball. But somewhere along the road, my logical self took over and I didn’t want to be an entertainer anymore. I went to college and got my degree, continuing to write music and perform as a solo act and as part of ensembles and dance groups, but if you had told me at 18 that I would be living in Los Angeles in a few years, all alone, with next to no plan, I wouldn’t have really believed you. At the same time, I think I would have been undeniably excited.”
Drea’s favorite quote is:
“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that I may not cause pain.”
-The Prayer of Jabez
Drea provided some insight about why this quote is her favorite and she stated “I think the capital “You” can represent whoever your God-source is. I love this prayer because it is very conscious of others, in asking not to cause pain. This is a mantra I try and live my life by. More love, more love, more love.”
Drea’s mission statement for her life is:
“Don’t ask for easy, ask for possible” mentality.
Drea replied “It’s a quote I’ve been saying to myself before I even moved to LA, and in my hardest moments, I kind of rue its existence, ha. It’s a reminder to me to keep going, no matter what, and that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. There is nothing easy about the path I’ve chosen. Except the weather. The weather here is pretty great. ” 😉
They say that everyone has a book in them. I asked Drea what her book would be about and she responded “Persistence, perseverance, and learning to love. It clearly would be set on the stage of my years in LA. I have so many hilarious and awful stories, from roommates, to dating, to work situations. But this city has made me a better person, stronger than I ever thought I could be, and for that, I am thankful.”
Since Drea is a singer I thought it would fun to ask her what songs she has completely memorized! She knows “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from Funny Girl. “Yeah” by Usher; (“Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard, “The Reason” by Hoobastank, & about 100 songs from her high school years! So a key take away is if you ever go to karaoke you need to invite Drea!! 🙂
Drea’s debut EP “No Vacancy” is available across all digital platforms, and her debut music video “Take Me Home” (which she choreographed and co-directed) is on YouTube now! She is also on the board of directors for a non-profit called The Ladybugs Movement that works to increase the access to feminine hygiene products for homeless women in LA. You can check out the movement on Instagram and Facebook @theladybugsmovement. And finally, she has a new single coming out soon!!! Be on the lookout for “Hometown”!
It was an honor to get to know Drea better & share her story! Drea is definitely CREATIVELY LINKED!