Interview: Abigail Brown

Today we’re joined by Abigail Brown. Abigail is a wonderful young singer who is just starting out. She’s incredibly enthusiastic and hopes to tell stories through song. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I don’t really think I have any art yet, to be honest. I’m just starting out as a singer and I haven’t done anything real with it. I want to write and sing songs that tell stories; whether they’re honest emotional stories (like “Sandcastles” by Beyoncé) or stories with a plot (like “Story 2” by clipping).

What inspires you?

Mostly things that are happy or beautiful. That’s what I want to put into the world, so I try to draw inspiration from those sources.

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

I’ve wanted to be a singer ever since I was in 7th grade and I had my first ever solo in our spring play.

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?

Like I said, I don’t even really have any work yet.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t give up. I know it can feel tempting to give up because it’s hard or others don’t support your goal and take it seriously (I’m there right now), but the reward of your hard work will pay off in the long run.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as asexual. Just your garden-variety ace, really.

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

I’m barely in my field tbh, but I have experienced it in my personal life. I try to just give the definition of asexuality and answer their questions, but if they’re being rude or disrespectful I ignore them. I’m not sacrificing my mental health to try and educate people who don’t want to be educated.

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

That it doesn’t exist. But we’re out here!

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

Definitely talk to people. There are so many ace blogs out there that provide information and answer questions! Everyone has been confused and struggled at some point with their orientation, so there’s no such thing as a stupid question. My favorite thing about the ace community is that we’re all here for each other!

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

I upload songs to my SoundCloud account (https://soundcloud.com/abbysings68).

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

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