We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Loor and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacqueline, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I was running my family’s export business for years, and not only was I successful, but I was really good at it. It was a risk walking away from it to pursue my passion of making music, but I followed my gut and decided to take the risk carefully. I continued working at my family’s business while actively trying to make music my career. It was a crazy amount of work, but I was so pumped following my dream that I never stopped.

I also wasn’t sure if I could sing my own music so I originally went into it thinking I would be a songwriter, but one day I ran into a vocal coach. I thought, “Why not?” and after just 1 lesson I noticed I had a ton of potential, so that 1 bold move led me to a whole journey into finding my voice. It was a huge game changer realizing I can sing my own music, and seeing how I’m capable of so much more than I originally thought.

I used to go into a studio to sing but then I thought I would take the risk and invest in equipment so I can record from home. It was scary but it was incredibly empowering. I then took another risk down the road and decided to learn how to produce! This industry is male dominated and I was definitely intimidated going into the production world, but I took the risk and it paid off! My song “I Broke My Heart” was the first song I self-produced and it was not only praised by so many music bloggers and outlets, but a very reputable sync agency who does not accept just any submission, accepted that track after rejecting about 10 others produced by other people.

Also, being a mother has been a huge part of my decision to take these risks. I have seen my 2 daughters’ eyes light up when they see me play and putting so much work into each one of my songs. When they saw my song “Burn it Down” on the TV series Batwoman they were so proud of me, especially that they are such big superheroes’ fans! I want my girls to know they can do anything they put their heart into and I feel they genuinely feel that way because I am doing it not just telling them. They were even in the music video for the female empowerment title track of my debut album, “Show Them”. Here’s the link to the video https://youtu.be/UNC9f5GMlkw

Taking all of these risks has opened my mind up to so many possibilities. I’ve realized I was in my own way, that I was setting up my own limits and these risks that I’ve taken have taught me that I’m capable of so much more if I just let go of the fear. I hope my story can help other people out there take risks, follow their gut, follow their passions because we all have a calling and when we stop to listen, the possibilities are endless.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I remember not feeling good enough to pursue music and it was a feeling I had a hard time shaking. I would write music and sing by myself, and sometimes I would gather up the courage to sing in front of friends and family but I remember the nerves, and how I felt defeated before I even began. Although I would have so much fear, the desire to share what I was feeling would overcome that fear. I just kept at it, and when I decided at the age of 36 while living in Tenerife, Spain the noise just stopped. I finally heard the calling to follow my passion and talent of songwriting and as soon as I realized that, there was no stopping me. Everything I did from that point on was putting the fear aside and going for it. The more I put towards following the dream, be it taking vocal lessons, playing on different stages throughout Miami, pitching for sync opportunities, more doors would just open. It was as if the universe was saying, “YES!” I knew I was doing what I was meant to be doing.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bar Nancy is one of my favorite spots with live music and good people! I’ve played on their stage a few times and I have loved it!

Being Cuban I have loved the Latin vibes all throughout Miami. Little Havana is great and one of the places I loved to go to was Hoy Como Ayer. I also love hearing one of my favorite bands The Spam All Stars! I would search the week you are in Miami and see if and where they are playing and just GO! They are incredible! I actually met my husband while listening to them in Transit Lounge (Now known as Blackbird Ordinary) in Brickell.

I would also recommend the PAMM (Perez Art Museum) and Upper Buena Vista!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Kris Bradley with Produce Like a Boss is my mentor who has been a huge part of my journey. She has taught me how to produce music in this male dominated field and has guided me to make a career with my music.

Cathy Heller’s course 6 figure songwriting taught me how to put my music into TV/film and ads. Many indie musicians should dive into this as it can be very lucrative and help them reach a greater audience.

Shelly McErlaine / AKA Shelly Poole was my mentor in The Songwriting Academy who really helped me grow tremendously as a songwriter and a producer.

Website: https://www.jacquelineloor.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacquelineloormusic/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacqueline-loor-12ab49196/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jloormusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jloormusic/

Youtube: https://youtu.be/UNC9f5GMlkw

Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6JFE2Z9iI5yFLoUsIgDLMg?si=b75cuyToRHGMX6rA7xsO5A https://music.apple.com/us/artist/jacqueline-loor/1447774903

Image Credits
Hector Socorro (credit for first 3 photos) Rey Zamora (last 4 photos)

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