Today we’d like to introduce you to Lois Zozobrado.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lois. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I wanna start off by saying I am a hustler, a girl with big dreams.
My parents realize that as soon as they adopted me from China. I was very active and social. I would literally cry when I wasn’t near the entrance of a restaurant. My mom tells me I always greeted people as they walked in. Anyways, as always parents tend to try to get their kids and activities. That wasn’t an issue for me for I ice skated, did tennis, danced, kickball, and even was part of a music group called Music in Motion. No matter what I did I wanted to make sure that I was active and creative, but there was one hurdle I had to jump over-stage fright.
If you met me in person, you would realize that it’s pretty weird to hear that from someone who is so outgoing, but it’s very true. My theory is as soon as I reached elementary school, a fear of judgment came over me do too a lot of people being shocked and so often startled by my energy; they would think I was weird, strange, and out of place. For a young girl, it was rough to see and hear that people view you negatively. One group of kids would shout BUL (beat up Lois) on the playground. It hurt.
Once my mom found about my fear, she decided to help me by getting to practice performing in front of different groups. She knew that I had lost the Lois she knew, and wanted to bring out the gifts that God gave me back. Yes, the practice was hard, but I could never thank my mom and dad enough for what that practice did to me.
Flash forward to high school (because this story can get long), My fear was gone. I started new. I was glad that high school would be the outlet for me to really share who I really was and not what I was hiding. I made a promise to myself that I would make my high school years the best for years of my life and I was going to make a huge impact with her if that was in the community or the school. My drive to achieve was back in my bones.
By the end of high school, I graduated being an impact scholar, distinguished scholar, have been received public recognition for my volunteer work, known for my leadership roles in the two biggest clubs on campus ( 2018 President of Perry High School‘s National Honor Society and outreach officer of Perry DECA).
As for my music career, it grew significantly. I came out of high school already having to albums released, experience in the studio, booking shows for not only myself but for other artists, being a final list of the 2017 Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding Competition, appearing in the media and having the opportunities to perform at many local venues And Festivals.
Today, I am now a freshman at Arizona State University, still doing what I love. 2019 is my year, I plan to continue to change the world wherever I am. This new series will be a big part of it. Once a hustler, always a hustler.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Lots… although it seems like getting to where I am was simple… ohhhh, gosh no wasn’t!
1. Stage fright was tough! -There were many times of discouragement. I would go on a stage at cry and then run off. I truly think the bullying took a toll on me. I went from being so open to closed off, I had trouble making friends and understanding social cues. Elementary was my awkward stage…
2. I had three vocal surgeries! I had bleeding vocal cords and nodule removal. I had months of therapy and long periods of time with no talking and singing. Having a huge part of my life taken away from me was depressing. I left worthless, behind on my “schedule” and pulled back.
3. Cognitive Skills… Although I was a 4.5 GPA student… it was a lot of blood and tears to get them. It was frustrating and discouraging that I had to work harder for the grades while my friends flew effortlessly. I had to ask for help which was hard for me to accept.
Senior year, I spent more than six hours a week at LearningRX (learning center) to build some of the cognitive skills (that most people my age had learned when they were younger) that I lacked. For example phonetics! I have always done things by myself, and I hated asking for help.
4. Biggest enemy was frankly myself. I have a habit of over-analyzing and being my worst critic. I would let judgment and mistakes get in my head, and that affected my progress in my goals and journey. Everyone has demons in their head, and we just have to punch them in the face.
Even though it was hard, I learned so much from each obstacle. Learning something new is all I can ask in this life. I love learning what this world has to offer.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am now a freshman at Arizona State University and is excited to transfer to Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee in order to major in music business and minor in Spanish. I am still very involved in music, for I still perform around the valley, I have written music for other projects, and interned at Steve LeVine Entertainment. And now I am excited to announce that three amazing songwriters (Janae Dunn, Sammi Martinez & Ciara Cisneros), as well as myself, are starting a new series at the SoZo Coffeehouse and Chandler. We intend to create a community where songwriters from the valley could collaborate, network, learn and share their music.
I am very proud of how far I have come, especially from my age. I love telling people that I am the CEO of my own music business. Many people think that I have this goal of just being famous. However, that is not the case at all. I am very fascinated by all aspects of music from production to distribution to touring and management. I dream to be involved in multiple aspects in the music industry. No matter where I go you will always see me in the pink boots!
When you look back, what are you most proud of?
Any time I get any recognition of my work, I am overwhelmed with excitement. It makes all the hard work worth it. Every smile. Every compliment from someone. It is rewarding to see that I changed the world in some way. There are so many times when I feel behind, or I am not progressing as fast as everyone else, but the worries go away when someone tells me I am doing great or when someone gives me an award.
I have received the City of Chandler’s Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for my volunteering during my senior year, I have been student of the month at my school for going the distance in my position as Perry DECA Outreach Officer, I have been told by a Berklee College of Music Professor that my songs can be successful someday, and I am happy to be receiving the Chandler Art Award this year.
I hope to inspire people to do what they love and prove that it is possible to achieve anything you want in this life. You don’t have to do the typical “cookie cutter” path of life.
- Website: Loiszozobrado.com
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