We had the good fortune of connecting with Mia Sera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I entered the world belting with a healthy set of lungs, and I’ve been singing ever since. I used to get in trouble in kindergarten for singing during quiet time. My seventh grade choir teacher Mr. Viles convinced me to sing “When I Look at You” by Miley Cyrus in the school’s Christmas show. It was my first ever public performance. That morning I woke up hoarse with a sore throat. I was so nervous. Later that evening, my performance started out fine then my voice started cracking. The more I tried to continue, the more it cracked. Mr. Viles cut my performance short so I wouldn’t hurt my voice. The applause gave me an adrenaline rush like nothing I’d ever felt before. I knew at that moment I wanted to be a singer for the rest of my life. Nothing else made me feel as passionate and as understood as music, whether I was singing or listening to my favorite songs. Some people told me that pursuing music as a career was unrealistic, but it was a natural choice for me. God has blessed me with the gift of music and a very clear purpose of connecting to people with the same passion and love that I felt when I listened to my favorite songs.
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. What sets you apart from others?
I feel like I’ve been studying music my whole life because of how much I’ve loved it as far back as I can remember. Along the way, I have developed an oddly diverse list of music influences that most people think is kind of out-there, and people tell me that I have a unique sounding voice. I love Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney, Stevie, and all the greats, but I’m not trying to be the next anybody. I have a lot of respect for all those who paved the way for me. They’ve definitely influenced my love for music. I also value my individuality as an artist and as a person. I make music that I think is cool.
What are you most proud of or excited about?
People in the industry have finally started taking me seriously. I’ve hustled hard on my journey and now people I respect also respect me for what I bring to the table. I’m excited about my current projects of having a new super talented writing partner, and we’re writing amazing songs for myself and other artists. I’m also excited about vocal producing to help singers get the best delivery of their studio recordings.
How did you get to where you are today professionally?
I’ve gotten where I am professionally by the grace of God, a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears plus trial and error with an exceptional team. Successes and failures from exciting highs to stifling lows have helped us determine what works and what doesn’t. We’ve learned to move forward only with situations that make sense for us. And as I get older, life experiences influence the evolution of my music’s sound and content. My songs are a lot different sonically and lyrically than when I was 16. I’ve chosen to dedicate my life’s purpose to making people feel and heal through music. Determination, consistency, and focus are imperative. There is no Plan B.
Was it easy?
Music is the place where I feel the most ease in my life, but this journey has not been easy. Even when I’m challenged musically to learn something new or do something I’ve never done, music is still my safe zone. Trying to attain my goals and having setbacks because of the pandemic has been difficult to say the least. But nothing else compares to making music. God created me for this purpose.
How did you overcome the challenges?
I’ve overcome challenges with persistence and by not allowing myself to get too discouraged when things didn’t go the way I thought they should. I know my purpose and my worth. If some people don’t understand or connect with my music, I don’t allow it to make me feel like it’s not good. For every person who doesn’t like it, there is another person who does. Believing that I can reach my goal regardless of unpopular opinions helps me stay focused on the bigger picture. Also, minding my business helps me avoid unnecessary challenges and pitfalls. I don’t stress about comparing myself to other artists or other people. I use my energy to focus on what I’m trying to accomplish in my own lane. I’m not racing against anybody or even with my own internal clock. I don’t need to be successful by a specific age or a certain time or beat anybody to a finish line. My turn will happen in God’s timing.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
Patience is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along this journey. There have been so many starts and stops and times when my momentum was stifled by people I depended on not coming through to help pull the project together. I learned that not everybody is as passionate about my projects as I am. Aside from that, I love collaborating with people. I try to learn from every situation and environment that I’m in. I can learn as much from a bad session as I can from a great one. I’m always open to learning and growing, and I never feel like I’ve done everything or I know everything.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My career is taking a long time to blossom, but I am dedicated to making music that is honest and real and that I hope will connect with people. I eat, sleep, and breathe music. This is the purpose and path that God has put on my life and I hope that people can feel His guidance and healing presence through my songs.
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 just moved to Los Angeles recently and haven’t learned the area very well. Besides, I don’t go out much and most places are shut down due to the pandemic.
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 dedicate my shoutout to my mother. She’s been my ride or die on this music journey from day one. She was the first person who encouraged me to take music seriously. I always loved singing, but the only real singers I knew about were untouchable celebrities. I didn’t know that being a singer was even a possibility for me, so I was scared to claim it as a career. My mom gave me the okay by saying “If you really want to be a singer, that’s what we’re going to work towards.” She got me singing lessons when I was 13. From then till now, she’s always given me the space to do whatever I want with my career, and she supports me every step of the way. She manages me in every session and every meeting, taking care of all the stuff that’s not fun that I don’t want to deal with. I can concentrate on writing songs and singing which is all I really want to do anyway. So shoutout to my mom!
Other: My TikTok is @miasera_