I decided it was time to do it on my own. My music career seemed to have a clear path of me being an independent artist who produces, writes, performs and trying to get exposure. I got a guitar for my birthday in 2015 and taught myself how to play. Almost a year later, my dad bought me Logic Pro so I could record music. Although I had no clue what I was doing I went for it and taught myself how to use the program. Some nights I stayed up until 5 am just watching tutorials on how to use Logic Pro and how to mix and master. Then I wrote some more songs and decided it was time to record and share my work. I was so afraid to release my first single “Fire Away.” I told my mom it’s not good enough for my fans, it doesn’t sound like other talented artists, it’s not how I want to represent myself. But I let go of the self-doubt and focused on my art. The songs I write come from a place deep within my soul that sometimes I don’t even understand. The reason I’m writing about this is because I sometimes create music and then don’t listen to it or perform it because I am insecure about it. A friend recently shared a song of mine “Hide and Seek” and I reluctantly clicked on it just to cringe at hearing myself. To my surprise it wasn’t as bad as I told myself it was. The song is actually pretty good and for being just the second song that I had ever produced myself it wasn’t as nearly bad as I thought. Self-doubt is the easy way out for me,it’s how I can walk away from songs and not perform them because of my insecurities. But it’s a good and bad thing. I say it can be good because it’s refreshing to hear something after not listening to it for a long time. The song made sense to me and also gave me a confidence boost. I feel like I’m on the right track with the music I’ve created and continue to create. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and I’m also proud of where I began.