I'm going to share with you
an incredible story. It came about when I met a young female singer songwriter
at The Songwriters Guild Of America week in LA. she was volunteering at
a workshop I was doing. Coincidentally I was in need of a part time intern
and I liked her polite and relaxed style with the Writers and so I asked
her if she'd be interested in coming in for an interview. Everything in
life happen's for a reason,and believe me WE have no idea WHY and how
sometimes. Normally I absolutely prefer not to have an artist/writer interning
here. as it's usually worked out best with a business major or law student
assisting me . This is the story of Singer/songwriter Marina V .She came
in for an basic interview and when I started to ask her about her background.
the most amazing story started to unfurl.
You see Marina is a five year immigrant from Moscow. Russia (formerly
known as the Soviet Union). In Russia, she'd started singing at a very
early age and could pick out melodies by ear, a most unusual thing in
her family. When Marina turned 6, her mother enrolled her in a school
of music that she attended for 8 years. every day after regular school
classes. But studying classical piano and music theory didn't excite Marina.
as much as writing her own songs. When Marina turned 11, she decided to
play a couple of her own songs for her piano teacher who scolded her in
russian that the song's were simply "nonsense".
Too young to understand WHY,
Marina didn't realize that the Russian culture was not the perfect environment
for an aspiring young artist with big dreams. She took her teacher's negative
comment's to heart and put a hold on her songwriting dreams for a few
years. Soon she graduated from her school of music with honors. And when
she turned 15, she won a academic scholarship to attend a high school
in the USA for one year. That year changed her whole life. She realized
that the American culture was more nurturing to individual creativity
and she decided to move 'all by herself' to America -whatever it took.
And it took a lot! Marina had to return to Moscow at 16 when she found
out her mom was about to move to Australia and that her year of study
abroad wouldnt count academically in Russia. She knew somehow she had
to finance her trip back to the USA and took a job at a beverage franchise
and saved up her money whilst helping support her family, studying hard
to finish high school.
At 17, Marina finally found a way back to America when she received a
private scholarship to attend college here. Living in the country where
talent, determination and hard work can really pay off, greatly inspired
Marina to start writing her songs again. Because she'd left her whole
family behind to come alone to this country - with much heartbreak and
sacrifice along the way, she felt she'd gained an invaluable personal
experience to write from . Now Marina is freely writing her vision in
english, which for her symbolizes and represents everything her culture
has long repressed. (Having english as a second language. for a Songwriter
certainly make's things harder to express lyrically) yet she expresses
herself wonderfully in our native tongue and is becoming a strong storyteller
in the process . Shortly after her 19th birthday, at a fitness club in
Springfield, Illinois. and very much by fate, she met a fellow songwriter/drummer/bassist
and her future soulmate - Nick Baker. They hit it off and have been writing
and recording songs ever since. Marina has released two albums independently,
has toured in many states, has had her music used on MTV and has also
signed two artist endorsement deals with YAMAHA and AUDIX Microphones.
Marina is currently residing in L.A. and is working on her 3rd album at
her home studio.
I will add that ( that I am only helping advise her in her independent
route and am not publishing her works), AND - " that after all of the
years and all of the Writer's I've meet in my life "very rarely do
we witness such a great example of sheer tenacity and utter perseverance".
Against the odds. across the iron curtain. and many continent's away -
against all she was raised with and taught to believe - in spite of these
obstacles she's realized her personal dream of freedom of expression of
her art. I think it serves us all to share her story, the message that
we should never let anything, nor anyone in life stop us from attaining
our dreams. I welcome you to visit her website at www.MarinaV.com
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