We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabiine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sabiine, how do you think about risk?
I think purposeful risk taking is key. Taking risks that are aligned with our goals can unlock unforeseen opportunities and reassure our confidence to follow our passion. Even when when risk taking doesn’t work out, we can use it as a learning experience and make adjustments to our strategy. A few years ago. I took a big risk in when I decided to leave my senior year of college to pursue music full time. I had invested so much time and energy in to my school work and I was so close to graduating! But I was so unfulfilled, burnt out, and dispassionate about the work I was doing there. I decided I wanted to leave and really give this music thing a go. I knew I wouldn’t have forever to chase my dreams as a musician and that I could always go back to school later. I left school with no plans whatsoever about how I would approach my new career in music. I had tons of anxiety and felt lost for a long time. It wasn’t like I was suddenly unchained from academic demands and immediately began to sell out shows and churn out records. It was another 2 years before I released my first EP. I had to come to terms with the fact that I took a huge risk and had to get comfortable with feelings of uncertainty and discomfort. For now I’ll keep setting my musical goals and learn as much as I can to be successful in this industry. Whether my risk taking pays off or not, I don’t think I’ll ever regret taking a chance on myself and my passion.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think one of the big mantras I live by is that you have the power to create your future. It’s very easy to forget this when the world we live in is so distracting. Most of us are born with some awesome skill, talent, or passion and the demands of daily life can pull us away from pursuing it. I don’t think we allow ourselves to dream big enough. My whole life I had this huge dream of being a musician but did not have the knowledge or guidance to pursue it seriously. I mean the music industry is totally daunting and I didn’t know how to get started! I just took things step by step until I built a solid foundation of resources and people to work with. I think some of the biggest challenges I continue to overcome are the mental blocks that can make me less productive. It’s so easy to let your mind slip into negative and doubtful internal dialogue. Cultivating confidence and believing in yourself is a lot like an exercise regimen or a diet. You have to work at it every day to maintain results. It is a necessary habit to achieve my goals. Staying on track mentally helps me in my career with so many uncertainties and obstacles. I hope that following my passion inspires others to do the same. I want my listeners and fans to feel inspired to overcome their fears and self doubt to reach their full potential and discover their power.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am such a home body! I love to get outside and enjoy the weather so I would probably take them to the BeltLine to walk and eat and peoplewatch. I love the impressive street art and murals throughout the city. I like to just wander around parts of Atlanta and find little places that pique my interest and go check them out. Atlanta has so many eclectic areas. I love a good taco and margarita so maybe we would visit Little Rey or El Progresso. I’m pretty keen on Covid safety these days so anything with an uncrowded outdoor patio! Due to the pandemic, I don’t get out much besides going to the studio these days. Atlanta has so many different neighborhoods with different personalities and vibes. I’m pretty lowkey though, so I like to hang around Grant Park or East Atlanta Village. If I wanna shop for quirky stuff I’ll stroll through Little Five Points, if I’m feeling fancy I’ll hit up Phipps Plaza or Ponce City Market. There’s a neighborhood for every personality and mood so it’s hard to get bored here.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people I’d like to give my thanks to, I’m so grateful for my producer Tyler Gunz and his incredible talent and insight. He has an ear for making hits and has really helped push my music to another level. I’d like to thank my manager, who prefers to remain unnamed, for teaching me how to make a plan and stick to it and for guiding me to always do my best. I’m incredibly grateful to all of the blogs and press like Shoutout Atlanta for giving me this opportunity to share my story and ideas, I’m thankful for my friends and family for always encouraging me to create. My fans and listeners deserve a big shout out because they’re so supportive and wonderful.