Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber August.
Hi Amber, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I began singing at an early age; I learned to hum before I could talk. It was my unique way of communicating my thoughts and feelings as a kid. And that soon turned into songs and stories I forced my mom to listen to, and before I knew it I found myself studying Theatre at BSA. After graduation, I went to UMBC to earn a Creative Writing degree. Well, life took its toll, as she tends to do, and I graduated from CCBC instead.
I’m grateful that my imagination followed me to different campus open mics, out of state performances with a band named Coexist, and to the studio in February of last year when I recorded my first “official” single entitled “Remember Me.” It was produced by my good friend and a talented musician himself, John Tyler. I recently released another single inspired by Tyler the Creator’s newest project, Call Me If You Get Lost, and titled it “To Wil.”
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, the road has not been smooth at all. I wish I could insert a nervous laugh track right here. I struggle with depression, anxiety, and grief, so it’s been a real challenge to get up out of bed and create. I used to feel moved by everything and everyone, but I think as time went on, and as I’ve gotten a bit older and experienced how chaotic, confusing, and overwhelming life can be, I let a bit of my shine fade. But I’m coming back into myself, for my own sake.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a poet, singer-songwriter, host, and short fiction dabbler. I specialize in telling stories that are reflective of shared cultural, communal, and emotional experiences. I’m known to bust out in a song, especially upon request, but most recently known for hosting the LoveGroove Music Festival that was held at CenterStage last year.
I believe the thing that sets me apart from others is my vulnerability. I aim for everything that I am and do to be as raw, and authentic as possible. And not in the “tortured soul” type of way, but in the “I’m just as lost as you are, but we got this” type of way. And I hope that’s inspiring if nothing else.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I’ve learned that the saying, “You can do anything, but not everything,” is true. And to not limit myself based off of false beliefs about what I may or may not be capable of. Oh! And that very beautiful things can take place during some of our most uncertain times.
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