We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen María and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carmen María, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I believe nothing is promised, and have been very aware that one day, don’t know when, I am going to die. I believe as human beings we make decisions based on two emotions, love and fear. Life for me is the biggest adventure, I ended up being here on planet earth living, and to me that’s a crazy gift, I get to make this my game and in the process, have cried, loved, felt really deep emotions, have tried amazing food, have been in a coffee shop mid December listening to Chet Baker ( how romantic can we get haha), and have decided to get out of the box, and point my skirt to where my intuition and my heart tells me ( In Spanish we say “A donde apunte la chancla”). Frustration for me comes when I loose sight of all this, and start adding rules to my life board game that aren’t really mine. Standards of how things “are supposed to be”, or when I compare myself. By the way comparing in my case has been the single most toxic element for creativity, so there are many lessons I will keep learning, like being present in order to identify the truth. I believe this career forces me in many ways to grow, and get uncomfortable so my curiosity has decided this is the road it wants to travel.
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 releasing new music on October 9th! A single from my EP titled “Camía” the nickname I was given since birth. A mixture of latin rhythms condensed into the latin pop ballad in Spanish.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them for breakfast at “Cafe Gratitude” or some place cute Downtown, or these amazing waffles called “Wow Wow Waffle” in North Park. Then we would walk by all the art galleries and stores in Little Italy and probably for some coffee I would take them to Seaport Village, or if were looking for really good coffee I would take them to Holsem Coffee Shop in North Park. If it was a Monday I would definitely take them to the magical Mondays at the Westgate with Julio de la Huerta where so many talented musicians reunited for a fancy bohemia.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to Chris Aragon, great local photographer.
Chris Aragon @Chrisaragon