We had the good fortune of connecting with Estephany Art and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Estephany, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Kindness is one of the most meaningful, and mindful values to me. I think it’s so important to be kind to everyone, and I think it all starts with yourself. It’s hard to love or be kind to other people when you don’t love yourself, and also when you’ve been betrayed or hurt in the past, but I am so big on encouraging others to heal their pain or trauma because I know how much healing myself has changed and elevated my life. Being mindful and present when experiencing strangers and new people can be so life changing and beautiful if you allow it to be. I am so lucky to experience all of the people that I come across, and that I get to influence, because I think most of all what I want to show people is that you can be kind and beautiful and cool and everything else you want to be if you allow yourself. I don’t know when being unkind became trendy, but I think it has a lot to do with what we show each other, and if we allowed ourselves to open our hearts, and stop being afraid and holding ourselves from showing each other that we are allowed to love, we can better ourselves and better the world. People used to tell me I was “too nice,” that I would get taken advantage of, but I’m not afraid, everything can be an opportunity to grow.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Something inside of me has always pushed me to create, express myself, and take risks. I remember as a child, art class was my favorite, along with choir. If I was creating, I was happy, and free, and proud of myself. I’ve always been talented in music and art, and have always pursued something in that direction. Around 2019 I recorded and released my first song, although I have been writing songs since I was 12. Over the years, I have found more and more ways to express myself, and share my truth while also living my dreams and following what I feel is my purpose. I think what sets me apart from others is how transparent I am with my life and how I incorporate it all into my music, my lyrics and my art. I love talking about the things that most people wouldn’t want to talk about like suffering, depression, feeling disconnected or lost, embarrassment, and pain, because we are all human and believe it or not we have all felt that way, and I know what it feels like to feel like you’re the only one feeling that way. I know my music is so relatable because my friends and fans tell me, but most of all because it’s my truth! I can relate to it! I know all of my feelings are normal! Sometimes it’s just hard to describe and recognize what we’re feeling but once we do, we are able to feel it and heal it. I really want to continue to influence, inspire, guide, and teach people with my own experiences and truth that I share in my music and in my art.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite places to hangout, eat at, and visit in Colorado Springs are Manitou, COATI, Garden of the Gods, this amazing seafood restaurant called “The Juicy Seafood,” (I love seafood,) and thrift shops! Manitou is just such a vibey, and beautiful place to hangout at with a ton of good eats and little shops with the coolest stuff inside! There is also a penny arcade which is great for photos and fun to hangout at! COATI is a new place downtown with two levels, and different bars and restaurants inside of it! Sometimes they do free yoga, have live bands play, or they host events! I also love thrift shopping, in my city and honestly anywhere there’s a thrift store, you never know what you’ll find! I always get lucky and find True Religion jeans, they’re my favorite. Oh yeah, and I’m crazy about seafood, and there’s a new spot in my city with delicious food and a great atmosphere, lucky me!
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?
Christian Sharpe is literally an angel on Earth. I met him in high-school when he became my school counselor, and then a family friend, a mentor, and now my number one supporter and my number one fan. Christian has been my biggest influence in my life when it comes to believing in myself, chasing my dreams, pushing myself, and staying positive. He has never doubted me, has always cheered me on and uplifted me, supports me when I’m beginning something new or choosing to close a door on a project I’m not feeling anymore. He is just a gift from the universe, and I know he was meant to be in my life. He deserves so much credit for the way he has raised me, supported me, and everything he has taught me.
Terry Ewald Colorado Xtra