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Life & Work with Ariel Miranda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariel Miranda. 

Hi Ariel, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
My musical journey began when I was seven years old and got my first guitar. I started taking guitar lessons and from there on was never able to put it down – I just wanted to learn everything that I could. Singing had also always been a favorite thing of mine to do on the daily since I was young, so after a few years of playing the guitar, I realized that I could accompany myself playing guitar while I sang which opened up a whole new world for me. I started posting YouTube videos, doing talent shows, performing at open mic nights, and competing in various music competitions, as well as writing my very own original music. By the time I was 13 years old, I had released my first EP, “Golden Aces,” on all streaming platforms, which included three songs that I had written. The experience of recording in an actual recording studio was an unforgettable one that showed me yet another side of the music world. A few years later, I released three more songs, as singles. Now, at 18, I’m getting ready to get back in the studio once again, with a way more focused vision on the artist I am, and where I want my music to go. After graduating this last May of 2021, I decided to take a gap year in order to pursue music. This has allowed me to focus 100% of my time on my music without having any other worries, which truly has allowed me to grow even more as artist, as for I’ve been able to play numerous gigs every weekend. I’ve been able to get out there and really get experience within the music industry while sharing my voice and my love of music with everyone. I’m always traveling for my gigs, both in state and out of state, and I love every second of it! In the recent months, I’ve learned so many more sides of the music industry than I’ve ever known. Every day I’m making phone calls, sending out emails, and contacting as many places as I can in order to try and play more shows so that I can share my music with more people. Although it was challenging at first, I also learned and am still learning how to do all my own sound, which I’ve realized is an ongoing process because every gig brings about new scenarios and challenges. Also, with playing three-hour shows, I’m constantly trying to add more songs to my setlists and write more music. I’m very happy with everything I’ve been able to accomplish so far as a solo artist. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a singer who was able to share her music with the world, and I’m more focused now than ever to become the alternative pop artist that I’ve always dreamed of being! 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As much as I love the world of music, there has still been some challenges along the way. One of the biggest obstacles has been knowing how to navigate the music industry. You learn as you go every day, new things pop up all the time, and you don’t always know how to go about them. Contacting countless venues to play at doesn’t mean that you’ll get the chance to play at any of them, or even hear back from them – I’ve been told “no” more times than I can count, but it’s only ever motivated me, even more, to keep going and try even harder to make my dreams come true. Hearing “no” in the moment can be hard because sometimes it’s a show that you really really wanted to play, but at the end of the day, it’s that “no” that’ll make you work to become a better artist. Through the challenges I’ve faced, I’ve been lucky enough to still have people in my life that support what I’m doing, mostly my parents. They always help me out with whatever they can, no matter what it is. Growing up, they were the reason I was able to have so many opportunities because they were always willing to take me wherever I needed to go for an audition, show, etc., and still do to this day. On the flip side of that, there have been people that think I’m making the wrong decision by chasing my dreams and focusing all my time and effort on music. I often get asked what my real plan for life is, as if music is my “backup plan”, but I always respond saying that music is it – it’s my life, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and there will never be a day that goes by that I stop trying and stop believing in myself and my music. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an 18-year-old alternative pop artist. I’m trying to do as much as I can with music, to be seen and heard. I’m playing as many gigs as I can, I’m writing more songs than I ever have, and I’m constantly trying to find new ways to expand as a musician and really work on my craft. I’m most proud of being able to navigate the music industry as I have, being a solo artist on my own, and being able to learn as I go. I feel that all the time, work, and effort that I put into booking gigs, and putting my shows together, truly does pay off by the support I receive at the end of a gig. I’ve had so much positive feedback from people at my gigs that makes me love what I do even more, and motivates me to push myself even harder because I really do feel heard by people. Often times within the music industry, it’s very easy to give up, but what sets me apart from others is my persistence and determination to keep going no matter what may be thrown my way. Of course, losing the opportunity to play a certain show, or being told that I’m crazy for trying to make a life out of singing will sometimes get me a bit down, but after I give myself those few minutes to be down, I get back up even stronger and remind myself of how much brightness music has brought into my life. I’ve worked for this ever since I was a little girl, and getting let down makes me stronger and more motivated to never stop. 

How do you think about happiness?
Being on stage is my happy place. Music has always been there for me to lean on, no matter what is going on in my life. Writing songs especially has helped because it allows me to go through a feeling/emotion/experience in such a peaceful and therapeutically happy way. I feel most myself when I’m on stage because I get to share my love of music with everyone else, and that’s what makes me truly happy. It feels as though I’m in another world where nothing can go wrong, it’s just me and my guitar getting to share my voice and music with people. 

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