We had the good fortune of connecting with Undine Shorey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Undine, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance is my goal for 2020. Before COVID-19, I was blessed with so many gigs that I felt a little overwhelmed. I was gigging every weekend and a few days during the week. Playing for 3 hours each night is exhausting especially if you have another job during the day. I was out more than I was home and it started weighing on me. I was beginning to miss family gatherings and outings with friends. I love what I do, but I didn’t want it to consume all of my time. In order to keep a balanced and healthy life, I try not to perform more than three nights in a row and pursue more gigs during the week so I can have at least one weekend off. Self care and time with my loved ones is my number one priority.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to say that I am a musician, but I’m also a music fan. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. I revel in hearing new songs or discovering new artists. I get inspired by other artists’ work. I love to create music. My style is jazz/soul/acoustic and I perform as a vocalist and instrumentalist. I started playing violin when I was 10 years old and picked up guitar in 2009. Being a professional musician is definitely not easy. You have to hustle and not take no for an answer. Sometimes, you have to contact people multiple times before you get a response. You really can’t take things personal in this business. It’s tough and it’s not for the faint of heart. Sometimes, you get paid months after your gig, outdoor gigs get cancelled often, bookers can be horrible communicators, etc. Thankfully the pros outweigh the cons. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories about the cover songs I perform. People are generous tippers and they love to support the local music scene. As a musician, I get to be apart of monumental events: weddings, engagement parties, birthdays, anniversaries. I see it all. It’s an honor to play my music for people and the ultimate compliment is when someone approaches me after a show or between sets to tell me how they were brought to tears during one of my songs. Nothing can top that.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
In Miami, I would definitely recommend Wynwood Walls. I love art and anytime I travel to a new place, I have to check out the arts/graffiti scene. Definitely check out the culture. There is so much diversity in Miami and many great food options like Versailles. Of course, South Beach is a must. Swing by the the Miami Ink tattoo shop. I was a big fan of the show and freaked out when I saw one Darren – one of the tattoo artists from the show – doing a tattoo. I can’t wait to check out Miami’s nightlife. I have been many times, but haven’t really been out at night so I would take a friend and we could experience it together.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I’d like to say, there are so many people that have helped me get to where I am. Whether it was attending a show, giving an encouraging word or an opportunity to play, I am so grateful to everyone who has been on this journey with me. I do want to shout out Realize Bradenton. They’re a non-profit organization in Bradenton, Florida that has really believed in me and hired me for so many events. They value my input as a Millennial and resident when it comes to their future plans regarding the city. Johnette Isham and her team are more than my collaborators; they are my friends and I appreciate all that they do.
Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25tsHI2Klliad8x5h2ODvr https://music.apple.com/us/album/1485162951 https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/undine-shorey/1484890138
Rina Kay Photography did the white background photos. Justin Corbitt did the live performance (wearing sunglasses) violin shot. Pat Laughrey did the studio (two guitars in the background) photo.