We had the good fortune of connecting with Adriana Nunez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adriana, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work life balance has definitely changed over the years in a good way. Of course, it can still use some work! When I was living in New York , work life balance didn’t exist for me (lol) I was always working more than one job at a time, working 6 days a week with sometimes 10 hour work days. I was so caught up in making money that I never really made time for myself and my dreams because I would refuse to take a day off or call off of work. Of course, I would schedule a trip here and there but that’s not the same! It wasn’t until after the pandemic where I realized just how exhausted my body was and just how much time has passed and I still hadn’t accomplish very important steps that it took to get closer to my dreams. So now I’m at a point where I have to schedule things in advanced. I make sure that I have at least two days off together and also I am just trying my best to not feel guilty about needing rest. Now I see it as , how is it that I am able to invest so much time and energy into a job but not have the time and energy to workout or write a song or record a hook ? I really had to take a step back , look at myself in the mirror and have a talk with myself. It is extremely important to make time for the things YOU want and you NEED. At the end of the day, my job is concerned about their business being ran and I have to be just as concerned about what my next 5,10,20 years are going to look like.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think what sets me apart from the new music that is being put out today is the vulnerability and honesty behind it. All of my songs are real life experiences and especially when I’m singing these experiences in front of a crowd, I really like to take them on the emotional journey along with me. The thing I am the most proud about right at this moment is the fact that I have finally released a single that’s on every streaming platform and also have my own music video out! I’ve always been able to support other artists and I can finally say that I have something people can look at and listen to! it is DEFINITELY not easy (lol) being an artist on its own is challenging. being a FEMALE artist in a predominantly male dominated industry is harder. You have to trust your instincts and also be firm in what you want and the respect you deserve. And that’s difficult because when you’re trying to make music, you want to be as open as possible, vulnerable, honesty, tender but then you have to be strong and have a wall up so you don’t get taken advantage of or get talked out of your art. I have learned along the way that its easier to get yourself in and out of situations when you know exactly who you are and that a lot of times , how others act has nothing to do with you but everything to do with them. As far as what I want the world to know about me, I would love for them to know that I am here for them . I would love to be their friend that they run to or the friend that makes them feel understood through my music. And even outside of music .
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So , I have just moved to Houston in January so there is literally so many things that we can do out here! I love outdoorsy things so I would make it a point to have a bbq a, sit by the pool or even drive out to Austin so we can hang out by the lake . There are a bunch of dope bars and restaurants on Washington st so I would definitely take them there for the nightlife scene. I love Standard bar. There are a lot of New Orleans style restaurants out here too and Cajun food spots and I actually believe its crawfish season so we have to do a seafood boil. And since New Orleans is only about a 6 hour drive, me being as impulsive as I am , I would prolly drive them out there for a night or two
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so lucky to say that there are A LOT of people who have helped and supported me to be where I am today as an artist. First and foremost, my mom and dad. They’re my BIGGEST fans and have pushed me since I was a baby to be a singer and a performer. they’re always reminding me that I am the only one in control over how successful I can be. Then my really good friend Roque and my sister Mirtha. They have supported me the most as an adult. They have seen my ups and downs, highs and lows. They have witnessed sides of me that no one has seen and were there to lift me up or sometimes just to listen. They have truly been my back bone. And finally I have to give credit to all my support from social media ! At one point I was having a hard time financially funding the shows and the recording sessions and the live band and I started a gofundme page. I was suprised at all of the help I was receiving ! Not only in that moment did I know that I had support, but also whenever I drop a cover online or whenever my single dropped, people I knew and didn’t know all just gave me amazing feedback and it just really gave me all the reassurance I needed as a new artist.
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