“I would say be patient but most importantly be focused and no matter who says your dream is unattainable, keep at it. Remove the negative energy and surround yourself with like-minded individuals, and trust me, things will begin to fall into place.”
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Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Nafrini: I began a love for music at five years old and went on to classically train as a vocal major at Milwaukee High School of the Arts and this was outside of singing in the church choirs on Sundays and midweek. I originally wanted to be a singer like those I grew up admiring and then I began rapping during my high school years only as a joke with friends.
After graduating high school I tried going at it professionally but came across a few bumps and after a while it became discouraging. I focused more on modeling and acting, but meeting my manager Lexi Trenee who asked me to sing on a song for her reignited that fire. At the beginning of 2015 I decided to try one more time at my dream.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
I would say be patient but most importantly be focused and no matter who says your dream is unattainable, keep at it. Remove the negative energy and surround yourself with like-minded individuals, and trust me, things will begin to fall into place.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Balance, as I work a day job. I have to motivate myself when I find myself tired from the day to remember that this is what I want to be my day job someday and to not let my day job be so consuming to where I have no free time.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Truthfully speaking, knowing the business is key as it’s about having a look and talent. Having a marketable look is key. Also finding out who your audience is going to be and marketing yourself to them. Lastly, being consistent and not being afraid of using your social media to post your links. As my branding team says, the more people “see” the more it will begin to register.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I am a born and bred Milwaukeean and there are talented people here and there is a scene here, though small compared to other cities in America. Networking more so outside of the city realms is key for those that have made it. I am new so I wouldn’t say I have fans yet, but I do have some people liking my sound and saying that it has an old school vibe to it which I find pretty dope to hear.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself performing more and networking in many markets. I see myself being presented with an opportunity to take my gifts to a level beyond.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I have a broad range of musical influences like Selena Quintanilla, Brandy, Aaliyah, and Pac as well as Nas and Lauryn Hill. In music’s current state I look up to Beyonce for her performing energy and influence. I love Kendrick Lamar as to me he represents dope storytelling in hip hop.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I do like some of the music now, but not a lot of it as I feel it’s not about dope stories and messages. It’s about hits which I get because it’s a business. Everyone sounds the same with only a few doing their own thing. The industry is a reflection of what the consumers buy, until that begins to change we will continue with how it has become.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
People can check out my Facebook fan page at and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @NatashaNafrini.