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Daily Inspiration: Meet Yaniza Dore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yaniza Dore.

Hi Yaniza, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for sharing your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I was always interested in music, singing, performing, and everything from a young age, but YouTube is what got me interested in being an artist. I would watch other young people like me posting videos of themselves singing and thought, I can do that too! I wrote a song for a friend’s birthday, inspiring me to write more songs. The next thing I knew, I was reaching out to producers and videographers, and everything started taking shape. I began posting regularly on YouTube and grew a following, which only encouraged me to keep sharing my art.

Today, I’m so proud of all the work I’ve created, and I’m thrilled to say I’m finally a full-time musician after years of treating music like a side hustle. It’s a lot of work, and I have doubts, but ultimately I know this is the right path for me. Fast forward to today, when I’m recording music, teaching lessons, playing shows, and making content on my own schedule. My newest release, “Paris,” meets the world on Sept 9th, and I couldn’t be in a better place 🙂 Listen here!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?
Anything but smooth! Most of my music journey has involved not appreciating what I already have. The more I grew, the more I wanted to reach even bigger milestones without taking the time to be grateful for what had already happened. I spent a lot of time wondering why other musicians blew up faster than I did or why the social media algorithms were against me. Once I transitioned into the full-time musician life in 2020, it was a huge wake-up call. I realized that making money off my art was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I got to do what I love 24/7 rather than just on evenings and weekends. A curse because working to live takes the fun out of working. It became crucial that I play x amount of shows per month, rather than just a fun way to share my live music with friends and family at a local bar. Many of the struggles have been either financial or emotional, like not feeling good enough, being impatient, and feeling like I wanted to quit. But some of my best songs came from moments like this, so bring them on! (But also maybe don’t bring them on, like I want some peace too, haha!)

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
So right now. I have 4 main things going for me: first and foremost, I’m a musical artist. I’m an acoustic pop artist and singer-songwriter, so I create and share my music with the world. I’m also a performer. I mainly perform at colleges through the booking agency Degy Entertainment, but I’ve also played festivals, corporate events, weddings, and many bars! I also write custom songs for an awesome company called Songfinch. Songwriting and recording are my favorite parts of being a musician, and I’m so grateful that Songfinch allows me to do that regularly. Last but certainly not least, I started my own business teaching early childhood ukulele lessons! I call the company Free Bird by Yaniza, named after my song Fly Away (Free Bird). My previous career was early childhood teacher. I graduated from Columbia with a degree in that in 2020. I will always be a teacher in some way, shape, or form. But the need to involve music in 100% of my teaching was always in the back of my mind. As a general teacher, the classroom was my home for years. Still, I wasn’t reaching my full potential there. Now, by teaching my lessons, I get to decide the schedule, and the curriculum, create the games, and use my minimal but effective graphic design skills, all while fostering a love of music in children! I love it 🙂

What do you think about luck?
Luck has played an important role, but it remains a piece of the puzzle. I’ve been lucky to meet people who connected me with others or worked a teaching job that I didn’t expect would bring me such an opportunity. For one thing, I met most of my ukulele students at my last full-time teaching job. I had no idea they would stay in my life for so long and in such an impactful way. I got that job because of working another job before that one. And I only knew about it because I saw a friend’s post on Facebook. So little things like that are an example of where luck came in, but hard work is what aided the luck in moving my career forward.

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