We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Christine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking the risk of jumping into music full time and going literally “all in” has been life changing. I have had several instances in which have directed me to take that risk – it was almost like the universe said if I wasn’t bold enough to do it myself, it would force me in some way. A few years back, back when I was juggling my corporate career and music, I was on a business trip in Indianapolis. I was walking to work and while mid way through a cross walk, was hit by a Ford truck and was in terrible shape. I had that moment where my life literally flashed before my eyes. I had this moment while laying on the pavement, almost subconsciously, where I told myself it was time to go for it – you never know when could be your last day – why not!!!! I also had to make a decision during the pandemic where I had to decide to keep on keepin’ on with my corporate job in an environment that I didn’t agree with in regards to how decisions were being made so quickly around layoffs, and job changes, etc. I couldn’t sleep at night knowing that it would have to be me to lay off a significant amount of people that I didn’t believe deserved it. So, I took the lay-off instead hoping that the company hanging onto my salary, might help a few people keep their jobs. It was a crazy time to dive into music full time – but honestly I needed that push, and it’s been life changing! I think when you trust in God, the universe, it’s nudges, and you just go for it, lean on people, work your butt off, and truly go all in – the industry wraps it’s arms around you. So I guess I would say – GO FOR IT – what do you have to lose? You can ALWAYS go back to what you know and what is comfortable – but the road less traveled, is less traveled for a reason. Risks are hard. And not many take them. Will you?
I’m rooting for you!!!!
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 am a singer-songwriter based out of Colorado. I write, record, produce, sing, and play the piano – mainly pop music! I got my start on accident, at a bar in Breckenridge CO – which is a story meant to tell over happy hour . There’s challenges every single day – it’s never “easy” but it sure is worth it and fun!!!! So many lessons learned along the way – persistence is everything, Stay dedicated and NEVER QUIT!!!!
You can find and follow my brand, story and life on the road @sarahchristinmplsmusic or at www.sarahchristinempls.com!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I currently reside in Aspen, CO – a town FULL of things to do :). I would say – go grab a rooftop drink and take in the views at the W hotel right at the base of the ski hill! Then head to Clarks and ask for the “locals” special. It’s a great burger, and a beer and a shot – it’s a thing, believe me. Another great restaurant I’d recommend is Ellina. Jill (the owner) is a great friend and it’s one of the best spots in Aspen. For late night, hit 7908 or Belly Up for great concerts! Definitely head to Maroon Bells for the views and great hikes and in town, hit up Smuggler Mountain (it’s a great hike) to capture aspen from up high – it’s one of the best views of the town you can find!! And of course, hit the slopes (and call me to meet you for happy hour) :).
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?
I want to give a ton of thanks to every venue that has hosted my performances! You are AMAZING! To Gene Foley who has been in my corner this year like crazy – thank you!! You are my mentor and I absolutely love working with you. Most importantly to EVERY SINGLE FAN – YOU ARE THE LIFE OF THE MUSIC! THANK YOU!!!! – SC
Linkedin: Sarah Christine Cotner