We had the good fortune of connecting with Brea Sands and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brea, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think that risk is required for success. When I graduated high school, I knew I wanted to be singer/songwriter and be able to live off of being a creative. At my school it was frowned upon to not travel the traditional path of going to college. My gut instinct told me I had to create my own path and I definitely caught flack for that. But because of those first initial risks I took then, today I am not only able to still create music and have my own schedule, but I was able to discover other passions like acting and actually gain an income from that as well. I’m so glad I didn’t follow the crowd, because now I’m able to be as creative as I want, whenever I want. And that’s freedom.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Honestly I’ve lived music and acting for as long as I can remember…..one thing about me is that I can’t just stick to one thing. I sing, act, write, dance, etc. We are not one-dimensional. We as humans are very complex, so why would I do myself a disservice and only do one thing? That is what makes my art, what ever project I’m working on, so different from others. I have so many different influences that all come to work together.
For me, I’d say all of this was easy. It only gets hard when you listen to outside sources. But when you have a sense of peace about it and you follow that, no one can shake that.
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.
My favorite spot in my hometown is definitely HOME in east Nashville (Helping Our Music Evolve). There you will find some of the best underground talent and they always put on amazing shows. It’s actually a space for people in the music industry to meet up and hang out, literally my favorite place (S/o to Logan!!!) And then we’d head to the other side of town near the Belcourt and hit up Mcdougals. Me and my best friends from high school would go there all the time and a few of them have moved away since then, but that place will always have a special place in my heart.
And last but not least we’d probably hit up legendairy milkshake bar downtown because who doesn’t like oversized, overdone milkshakes??
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my mom and grandmother, they were the OG risk takers. My mom moved to America from the Bahamas at 16 to pursue an art career and today has her own doll sculpting business, and my grandmother overcame so much adversity in the Bahamas to become to first Bahamian woman to own a hotel, without even completing a high school education. It’s because of their story, I know I can take the risk and come out on top, despite the outcome.