“The hardest challenges in my position are to stay on top of everything and stay focused on everything. Being my own manager, marketing consultant, social media manager, band manager, etc I have to be the one who is making sure all of the details are in place.”
Check out the interview with Gina Zo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
G.Z: For most of the time when I was a kid my aspirations as a musician did not stretch very far in my imagination. That might be half because with time our memory fades so maybe I was more in captured in becoming a musician than I really realized. When I was in high school, my senior year, I had the opportunity to audition for the Voice. With that things really changed: I held off college and was flown out to LA to begin a whole new chapter in my life. From then on I sang my butt off and created a band. Those moments helped shape my career.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice for younger kids that want to be a musician is to go 100% in on that dream. The way people actually get big and get noticed in the industry is by working hard, playing lots of shows, meetings lots of people, and staying focused. I will never forget one thing my producer, Seth Barmash, told me and that was to have fun with it. This industry is all pressure and all spotlight. With that, you need to make sure you find time for yourself and stay sane.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenges in my position are to stay on top of everything and stay focused on everything. Being my own manager, marketing consultant, social media manager, band manager, etc I have to be the one who is making sure all of the details are in place. With that, I am very careful about who I let into my circle in the industry to help me get to where I want to be because since I have been doing it for myself for so long now I know how I want the job done. Luckily the universe has constantly graced me with the most amazing humans including my band, family, and friends.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote and advertise my music is to play shows. That is the key to being in the business and staying important in the business. Social media is very split second focused. You are in and out very quickly just by a scroll. When you get yourself out in the real world you force people to stay focused on you and with that they pay attention.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The artists are absolutely insane. Being a Philadelphia artist makes my job even harder and makes it also more of a blessing. I get to be surrounded by creative people constantly. What is incredible is that everyone just wants to help each other and support each other because with that you are also supporting and helping yourself. The open mic scene is absolutely amazing and so fun to be a part of in the city. What I love is people come out for drinks, get entertained by grade-A musicians and fans are gained in the process.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I am just not sure. I say that because a year ago I would not have realized I would be where I am now. With that my life is always changing. I hope to be continuing music, staying in school, living in New York City, and adventuring every day. I think what makes me happiest is just being with my friends and writing music. With those two things, anything is possible and creativity blooms.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations for my music are nature and love. I like to play with the similarities between those two things because I often think that goes untouched and unthought of. In today’s world, I look up to female musicians who have fought to have their positions in the industry. In the everyday life of a female musician, we are met with businessmen that try to dominate our creativity and passion and that is something that cannot be taken away from us and should never be even though of.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love the music coming out today. I think to be a real and honest musician you need to be appreciative of all sorts of music.
There are of course songs I am not huge fans of but I can understand the process and creativity behind them and so I respect the dedication it takes to make the song.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Instagram and Twitter handles: @gina_zo