We had the good fortune of connecting with MIcah Justice and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Micah, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Teddy Rooseveltś ¨Comparison is the thief of joy!¨ is one of my favorite quotes.

It’s very straightforward. Other people are not me. When we are creative, we bring our own flavor and our own experiences into our work. There are billions of people in the world. Not everyone is going to like what you do no matter what it is. There is no one in the world that is me. I truly believe that for whatever reason, I was shaped to create. I write, make music, perform, and paint. I love what I create. If I like it, the odds that there are a million people in a world of billions, somewhere in the world, who will appreciate what I bring to the metaphorical table. My hope is that they will find joy, comfort, a smile, and maybe even a new perspective. I just need to be brave and put it on platforms where they can have the opportunity to be shared with both the people who like it and those who don´t.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love music. I love painting. I love writing. I love performing. According to my mother, I’ve been doing these things throughout the vast majority of my life. I have always had an imagination. I have played stadiums and arenas with my band, Sweet Mischief. We have won numerous awards. I’m pretty proud of that. I’ve played with Grammy nominated musicians and people with multiple gold records hanging in their homes. I have gotten to record with Kelly Cairns and Jeff Berkley. I have played a lot of open mikes, dive bars, coffee shops, etc. in different cities around the world. Getting to play music is a dream come true.

The biggest challenge I have faced as a professional artist is being an artist who is also a parent. I have a 17-year-old daughter. She is my best and favorite creation. As a musician, you are out late, have to travel, rehearse, create, and do the business side of things…but when I became a young parent, my life wasn’t just about me anymore. I’ve been the primary breadwinner for our family her entire life. I have and still struggle with the guilt of being away. I struggle with the guilt of my inept ability to balance the emotional cost of giving your energy to an audience and whatever comes from that and then maintaining enough of that energy to come home and give it to your family as well. I think that is something a lot of parents feel even if they aren’t musicians/artists.. I have a song entitled, MadRose, that addresses that.

Rejection sucks. Missing out on family and friends’ parties because I have had gigs…sucks. Being exhausted is a bummer.
BUT I love performing. I don’t know what I’m missing, but on most days, whatever it is, I get it from being creative. I’m on a mission to make all of my time, energy, sacrifice, and the sacrifice of others, pay off. I want to make my family and friends proud. I’m going to make music, art etc., even if I’m not going to get paid. I’m going to continue doing these things even if I don’t share them…its how I let my soul play.

Lessons I’ve learned would be, even if you don’t think someone is enjoying what you are sharing, doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoying what you’re doing. People have different ways of expressing themselves.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have a mother who has come to hundreds of performances. I had a dad who rode his motorcycle throughout San Diego blaring my music. I had a stepdad who loved me like his biological children. They set me up to become anything I wanted to be. I hope I have made them all proud.

I have a few other people who have gone above and beyond. My high school Theater teacher, Mr. Ed Abry, and his family have made me feel like a rockstar. I’ve been out of high school for decades and they still support my endeavors.

Eric and Ashley Bean have been instrumental in supporting my songwriting. They have allowed me the space to get away and write and have given me endless encouragement to share my art. They have shown up to numerous gigs with friends in tow. Eric is the best soundman I have ever had the privilege of working with.

I have a shout-out to my musical mentor, Cathryn Beeks. I met Cathryn when she gave me the opportunity to share my music on her podcast Listen Local. She invited me to her famous ¨Chicks Camp¨ where I met like-minded, incredibly talented, and creative sisters. She encouraged me to join her Songwriters Retreats. She has encouraged me to get more connected and do more collaborations. She has been my musical big sister. She continues to share opportunities with not only me but all kinds of artists in all kinds of art. She has helped me trust myself. She has helped me navigate the logistics of the music business. She has invited me to be included in many of the productions she puts on. She is a talented singer, songwriter, videographer, photographer, mandolin player, and event producer. She has introduced me to all kinds of people who have helped me get my music farther out into the world.

I would also like to encourage people to read the book ¨The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. It changed my life!

Website: www.micahjustice.com

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