There’s no doubt about it, taking creative risks can be downright scary—especially when your livelihood depends on it. In this week’s episode Miami-based singer and songwriter Keba Williams shares how she built a profitable career in the performing arts and the shifts she made along the way to align with her purpose.
In this episode we discuss:
What goes on behind the scenes of building a full-time creative career
Not being afraid to say no to others and yes to yourself
Gigging for exposure vs. owning your value
How undercharging hurts your clients and overall performance
Charging enough to thrive, not just to survive.
Creating space in your business for high-level creative work
Choosing side hustles that grow you
A Trinidadian-born artist with rhythm in her blood, Keba burst onto the scene after completing a degree in Chemistry, when she decided to pursue her passion for music and songwriting instead. In 2013, she debuted Wildfire, her first studio album, which she composed in collaboration with producer Erik Nunez and released under their independent label, Labrat Music.
Keba Williams' musical talent is reminiscent of classic artists like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. Her original songs are a sensual fusion of Pop, R&B and Soul, accented with exotic rhythms and cinematic climaxes. Noted for delivering powerful vocals and an electrifying stage presence, she is making her mark in today's music industry with live shows that never fail to move an audience to their feet.
As an independent artist determined to blaze her own trail, that tour became a turning point for Keba’s career. She saw within herself the power to make her own dreams come true and let them take her to places she had never been. In 2017, Keba decided to release the original EP, FILMSTRIP to share the stories of coming into her own as an artist. Simultaneously, the songs on this EP mark the eve of her transformation from a girl into a woman. FILMSTRIP was released worldwide in 2018 and features some of the hidden treasures of her journey. Bonus tracks such as Crush and Runaway draw us deeper into Keba’s personal life. Like musical polaroids, these two songs capture her journey with new love and ultimately heartbreak.
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