We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Francis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nina, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success is happiness and fulfillment.
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 have a great love for the art of songwriting. Songs speak to people. They seamlessly create communication and empathy. A great song can come from anywhere or anyone but I certainly feel like I have the ability to put my finger on the pulse. The journey so far hasn’t been easy. That’s ok because if things were just handed to me, I never would have acquired the wisdom and life experience from the grind. When I first graduated from music school, I was like “Hello world here I am” expecting things to go smoothly and that’s just not how it works haha. It took a while to gain momentum. I built my music career from the ground up out at open mics every night to start. I still learn so much all the time. Perhaps not coincidentally, my art tends to be about the process of overcoming a struggle. You can listen to my debut full length album Between Dreams virtually anywhere. Listen: ninafrancismusic.com
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That sounds amazing! Beach during the day of course is a good option if it’s hot out. My go to is Mission Beach because I feel like they have the most parking with all the lots. Walk around and explore neighborhoods: Adams Ave in Normal Heights, Newport Ave in Ocean Beach, University Ave and 30th in North Park. Brunch and walk is a killer combination. I’ve been eating cinnamon french toast at The Mission in North Park then making my way over to Pigment the boutique since high school. Balboa Park is also always a good call. You can sip local craft brew in the San Diego Museum of Art sculpture garden courtesy of Panama 66. Live music at night! Belly Up, Lestat’s, Turf Club has jazz on Sundays with strong cocktails and grill-your-own steak dinners. Support these places however you can because they are a special part of our cultural landscape and hurting right now. There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy San Diego. The key is to go with the flow and just enjoy the company you’re with because it’s going to be lovely no matter where you land.
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?
The people who deserve a shoutout first right now, who have been on my mind a lot, are our brave frontline workers. They are fighting hard to keep everyone safe and help the world still turn. Also a shoutout to our independent music venues in this country, who will be the last to open during the pandemic. Support these places however you can because they are a special part of our cultural landscape and hurting the most right now. A start: SaveOurStages.com.
Photography by Irene Lee