We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Preis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, how do you think about risk?
I think it’s safe to say that without taking risks, I would still be writing songs for myself in my bedroom. Taking risks has been a crucial part of growing in my music career. Stepping into pursuing music full time is scary– it’s not your typical 9 to 5 job and you have to love it. The pay off when pursuing music full time is a very non traditional reward system and the only aspect that is clear, IS the uncertainty. However, with all this uncertainty, I would have never found the writing team that I am currently on. All the highs and lows were worth it to get where I am now. I am on a team based in North Hollywood, LA. We write music and lyrics for numerous advertisements, TV shows, films and other artists. It is a dream job and total blast. If I had never quite my day job and took every lousy, bar gig, I would have never been led to the connections and people that are now in my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The major lessons I have learned while pursuing music is to practice non-attachment and to never take anything personally. Once a song is complete, it’s almost like I birthed something new into existence. Because of the specific work I do, most the time, that song is submitted to be in an Ad or a new Netflix series, etc. Does the song always place? No way! At the beginning of this work, it was really hard to take the negative news. Thoughts like, ‘Am I not good enough?’ or, ‘Just give up now’, were constantly circulating in my mind. It’s a huge challenge putting the heart and soul of your work on the line to be judged, but the growth of this work is exponential.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since my time is pretty much split between San Diego and Los Angeles, I have to discuss both places! In San Diego, I spend most of my time in North County and would recommend checking out my favorite local beaches, Beacons or Stone Steps. In LA, my FAVORITE food spot of all time is called, “Little Pine”. I’m a plant based eater and this restaurant blows my mind every time.
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?
YES! Dedicating this shoutout to Adrian Lopez. He is a producer on my team and I would never be on an epic writing team if he didn’t come across my acoustic live performance almost a year ago. He is a huge mentor and my #1 cheerleader to keep going on my musical journey. Thank you, Adrian!
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