Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Estelle California who is a singer/songwriter that was born in France. She started playing the piano when she was 5 years old, then saxophone and opera training. Her current life is a far cry from her childhood growing up in France, where discrimination was everywhere. In 2013, Estelle moved to Oakland, CA, where she felt drawn to the diverse and respectful community. Estelle’s lyrics offer an overall message of hope and gratitude. For more information about Estelle California please go to www.estellecalifornia.com.
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
I dream big, there were always a voice in me announcing big things coming up, but before I would resist and be on the way with my small deprecating ego, but I worked on not giving it the wheel anymore, it got very small and now I work with this voice actively to create my vision. My goal is to make some social change, to rise people up to empower them and participate in a movement that changes the white supremacist mindset we have been raised in.
E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?
I guess that because I grew up with no TV or siblings I read a lot and that is part of why I express myself writing this way, also the music obviously, a lot of the academic teaching I had in music and school blocked me in many ways as I was never fitting the mold, and was pointed as not being the way I should be and so on, but when I got over it then I could use it a resourceful language J
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
I would just say different and we all are, we just should be taught to embrace our differences and to be proud of them, it is the only way to be happy and to stand out. So for me I would say that the journey to get where I am today, that shaped me in who am to serve my music and my purpose is kind of unique full of darkness and gave me a lot to shine and give back, this is what the resilience is all about. And I am very grateful for all of what brought me where I am today, even the worst, there is nothing else I would like to do.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
I think I am still realizing it, in a way, I always knew it was my destiny, even if I would forget sometimes, since I was a kid I had an idea, and recently all the winding and painful roads that lead to now, became so coherent.
I still doubt of course but I just don’t spend time in the doubt anymore, I know its not about me and I have been trained to do this all my life in all the ways not only musically at all but also my own strength and commitment and all, but also probably I have been trained from many past lives as well to do this … and that empowers me.
I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?
There are so many, I met so many amazing people here in the Bay. But if I have to choose one it would be Geoffrey Pete, he has a building in Oakland with two venues, every Sunday evenings there is a jazz, blues concert with food and soulful people, my favorite evening of the week. And Geoffrey is a spiritual teacher as well not even knowing it, but he feeds the homeless for each holiday and asks us to thank them for the opportunity to serve them…. I mean how can it get more beautiful and spiritual than this….
C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?
Oh My… you don’t want the list 🙂 I even had to do a brain training of two years to get out of the fight or flight reflex that was not letting my brain able to command my body anymore … its to say how the journey was long to imprint me this way this deep…. But as many abused people and kids I think I was almost always shining and forgetting also a lot. The brain copes by cutting away part of you history so you can survive, I had events in my life, I would forget for few years few times, and then they would come back to me with therapy or with my writings, when I have begun to write again as an adult around maybe 27 beginning to emerge from all the drama and trauma with therapy I realized how these texts I was receiving in few minutes at night or suddenly but with no will, were a truth I would have to hang on to. This is still how I receive my song in the same process of truth coming out of me and to me.
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
I think each journey is different but for me the only key and still now, is investing time and money in me as my personal growth, my healing, my spiritual research and practice which is all the same actually and the Key to my music and my purpose.
Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?
Maybe you already know it with what you read but I think that we never hear it enough, all what we have to go through, the darkness, makes us who we are, shapes us to do what we have to do and be in this life. We all learn through hard lessons and the harder they are the more light we have to give back and shine. There is no curse, all happens for you not to you, I had to repeat this one a lot believe me … J we all have something unique to give to shine, and the ones who puts us down are often threatened by our light, it’s a way for them to feel safer, it’s a confession of insecurity …nothing to do with us and our self worth.
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