Interview: Claire Marie

Today we’re joined by Claire Marie. Claire is a marvelous singer who has her own YouTube channel. She mostly does song covers (which she uploads) but she also writes her own songs. Claire is very obviously enthusiastic about music, as you’ll see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I am a musician and actress. I upload covers on my YouTube channel, and I also write songs, although I only have two videos of those online at the moment. As for acting, I did theatre all four years of high school, and have attended multiple acting camps throughout those years as well. I actually attended a summer camp this year focused around Shakespeare and his works (which I basically fell in love with), and although I haven’t gotten the chance to do anymore acting since, I’m planning on adding Theatre as a minor next semester!

What inspires you?

I am a person with a lot of emotions, and that’s where all of my art comes from. But I am also inspired very much by other artists. I believe very strongly in the principle that if you want to become better at something, you should watch how the pros do it. When writing songs, I look up quite a bit to great lyricists such as Sia and Ed Sheeran. I love the way they describe the subjects of their songs, and how they express their emotions so beautifully and poetically. Acting-wise, I’m inspired a lot by David Tennant, who I first grew attached to in Doctor Who, before finding his other amazing work in movies, TV shows, and Shakespeare! Whenever I’m watching him, I always make sure to take lots of notes on his acting style.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I have always wanted to be a singer, ever since I was little, and my love for music has never wavered in the slightest. I never really thought about acting until I was older, in middle school, but once I got into that, I was just as passionate about theatre as I was about music. Back then, it was the stardom and spotlight that drew me in, but now, although those things are definitely perks, it’s more about doing something that I really love and know that I’m good at.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Not really – the thing that makes my work unique is just me! 🙂

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

There are people out there who aren’t going to believe in you. Everyone thought my dream to be a singer was adorable until I hit about 6th grade, and then, all of a sudden, I was being told I needed to be a doctor or a lawyer, something that would actually make money (even now, my mom keeps telling me it’s not to late to start becoming a dental hygienist). This extremely sudden change really devastated me and was a huge blow to the relationship I had with my friends and family. My advice is that it’s going to hurt, but don’t let it stop you. Although it might be wise to pursue something more “practical” for financial reasons, make sure you are still doing something you are passionate about, and don’t drop your dream until you find another dream you like better. I ended up double-majoring in International Affairs and French, but that doesn’t mean I’m forgetting about my love for music and acting. It just means I . . . . found something I love just as much music and acting.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as asexual and questioning-romantic, although I am leaning more towards pan-romantic.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

All the theatre communities I’ve been a part of have always been super open and accepting ones, so I’ve never had any problems with ace prejudice there, and a couple of times, I’ve actually even been able to find other aces! However, music is a lot of times very sex-centric and much of it includes all kinds of sexual objectification, and that’s where I usually hear the line, “How can you not want sex?” or “How can you have a relationship (or find someone attractive) if you’re asexual?”

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

I think the most common misconception about asexuality I’ve encountered is that every asexual is exactly the same with respect to their comfort with sexual activity. While some asexuals love to hook up, others are completely averse to the idea, and I think that just confuses a lot of people.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

If you’re looking for a romantic partner, make sure you find one who acknowledges your asexuality and won’t try to push you to do anything you aren’t comfortable with doing. Sexuality is confusing enough as it is without someone trying to convince you you’re something you know you’re not.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

You can check out all my music on my YouTube channel, The Clurricane. I’ll hopefully be releasing an album and another music video (along with the usual covers) by the end of the year, so stay tuned and subscribe!

Thank you, Claire, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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