We had the good fortune of connecting with Dara Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dara, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk: how do you think about risk, what role has taking risks played in your life/career? I think that taking risks is important in being successful. You fail at 100% of things you don’t try but it is important to know what the healthy risks are,and it takes intuition to know what risks to take. Leaving college and deciding to be an artist was a really big risk for me.I come from a family of high achievers, and music was an uncharted path in my household. Deciding to take a different path was a big risk for me, but one I was willing to take because of my passion for my music and support from my family and colleagues that help hold me up. Taking that risk and many others has allowed me to know what my boundaries are, opened up to experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise, and realize my strength and persistence. How to know whether to keep going or give up: I always know to keep going as long as I have a vision. I’ve realized the time to give up is if you no longer can see what the goal is—long term. On a path, sometimes the vision is more hazy and harder to see than others — sometimes then the thing to do is find your way back to center before deciding on anything. But, when a vision is not only hazy but doesn’t hold the same feeling of passion in your chest, it’s okay to let go of it — even if only for now. Even when I didn’t feel like going to that gig or writing that song, the vision has held strong and has been able to motivate me to work hard. What makes you happy? Why? I am happiest when I’m learning something new through a book or stimulating conversation. The more that I learn the more there is to learn and something about that excites me. The more that I learn the more I can mold myself into the person that I want to become. Why did you pursue an artistic or creative career? Music and creative art have always been second nature to me. I have been a channel of beautiful art since I was a child. It has helped me through so much confusion, anxiety, heartache, and I want it to do the same for others. My mom used to say to me “to whom much is given, much is expected”, so I decided that my greatest impact on the word will be in a field that involves my talents. I got to a point in life where it became a no-brained to me. What is the most important factor behind your success? Intuition and learning how to trust that intuition is one of the most important factors in my success. More than anything trusting my own intuition is what has allowed me to keep moving forward and how to keep things away that aren’t meant for me. In my career I’ve had to use my intuition to know when to enter business relationships, who to collaborate with, etc. I’d say that “gut-knowing” feeling has worked well for me. How do you define success? Success is knowing where you want to go and paving your way to get there. It isn’t necessarily reaching the goal, but more of the things that you pick up along the path. The lessons learned, the hard moments are all a part of success. Moving and progressing forward towards a vision (no matter how many times it may change) is what success is to me. Social impact: How do you feel you help the community or world?* I experience the world through a bit of a philosophical lens, and music allows me to share those ideas with people through a medium that calls on our feelings. Music has the ability to disarm our fears, our blocks, and our worries. I just want to be a part of that kind of healing. I feel my legacy of service to the world will be creating art that inspires people to expand themselves. My art calls for introspection. I want to inspire others to look inward in order to boldly transform into their most empowered, powerful self. I want this for myself, too. Work/life balance: How do you feel your balance has changed overtime? As I progress in this career I’m learning myself more and what tools I need to balance my work with my life. Im learning how vital it is to learn my patterns, plan with them in mind, and maintain a healthy balance of the mind, body, and spirit. It’s a lot really!! I’m not quite there yet, but I’m definitely getting better at it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I experience the world through a bit of a philosophical lens, and music allows me to share those ideas with people through a medium that calls on our feelings. Music has the ability to disarm our fears, our blocks, and our worries. I just want to be a part of that kind of healing. I feel my legacy of service to the world will be creating art that inspires people to expand themselves. My art calls for introspection. I want to inspire others to look inward in order to boldly transform into their most empowered, powerful self. I want this for myself, too.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start by taking them to Jeju Korean Spa. I love being able to relax in the warm stone rooms. Also at some point in the trip I would love to hike with them at Arabia Mountain Park and Stone Mountain. As far as food I would have to introduce them to Tasilis and Slutty Vegan, two holistic restaurants. And lastly we’d have to go up to Dicks Creek Falls and the wineries up in North Georgia!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my parents for their constant support throughout my whole life and career, my siblings for holding me up, my mentors Phil Davis, Joey Sommerville, and Jan Smith, and to all of my collaborators and friends who keep me inspired.
Studio Photos – Raven Kolomietsev Live Performance Photo – Afropunk Photo in Roses- Cole Webber