MEET SPAGS OF SPAGS MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Spags Music Entertainment FEATURED in Voyage LA!
Voyage LA does a wonderful job at featuring the “Hidden Gems” of Los Angeles, and guests what?…I am one of them! It is truly an honor to be recognized by my local community. Thank you, Voyage LA, for taking the time to get to know me, and for sharing my passion with the world. 🙏
Check out the excerpt below from my in-depth interview! Please use the link at the bottom of the page to view the full interview and article!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Spags.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Spags. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I began studying music at an early age. I was into everything performing-arts related, from music, to theater, to dance. As a kid, if you came to my house to play, that is what we did! We dressed up, we created skits, we had stage names, musical numbers, and dance routines! It quickly became clear that the arts were my passion. Eventually, I went on to earn a Music Education degree from Pennsylvania State University. Shortly after graduating, I moved out to Southern California, where I had never been, but had always dreamed about. It seemed like this magical place, where you go to pursue great things! I ended up in San Diego, where I began teaching public school music. After several years, living the life in sunny San Diego, I had, what some would consider, the perfect set-up; a tenured teaching position at the top school district, a serious boyfriend, and an apartment that sat right on the beach. However, despite this seemingly perfect life, one in which all of the right boxes were ticked, there was an ever growing feeling inside of me, telling me that something wasn’t right. It started out as just a tiny little feeling, but over time, that little feeling manifested into something much greater, something that I could no longer ignore (I now understand this to be my inner voice/gut/intuition, but didn’t have a name for it back then). I knew that there was something else out there for me. I didn’t know what, exactly, or how I would find it, but I knew that I had to try. Despite having zero game plan and zero savings, the decision was made; I quit my teaching job, the boyfriend and I broke up, I packed my car with a few belongings, and I headed north to Los Angeles!
The next handful of years was extremely trying. L.A. can be tough. I was running in a million different directions, just trying to make ends meet. And to be clear, I was barely making ends meet, and often times, I wasn’t making ends meet at all. I had numerous, less than ideal, living situations. At times, I barely had enough money for food. But I knew that I had to keep pushing forward. I pounded the pavement everyday, just to stay afloat. I spent my days passing out flyers for my music services, knocking on music school doors, answering craigslist ads for musicians. Every. Single. Day. I went at it as if my life depended on it. The thing about finding your passion is that you have to put yourself out there, and you have to try everything. While most of my encounters, along the way, were just stepping stones, they were important and integral stepping stones in my discovery process. Each little accomplishment, and each little victory, led me to the next step on my journey.
Little by little, step by step, I began to find my footing. Over time, “the way” just seemed to start presenting itself to me. I slowly learned that by following my intuition, I was led in the right direction. It’s just a hard thing for a young, struggling artist in Los Angeles, to do. We, almost inherently, want to do the opposite of what our intuition is telling us. It almost feels counter-intuitive at times. But, it never is. It’s always right.
After a whole lot of life experiences, and dipping my toes into just about every area of the music industry, I discovered my passion for the world of Special Events! I absolutely love it. I’m able to take my love for all things performing arts-related, and roll them up into one big dream job! I perform and produce entertainment for Special Events (corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, social parties) of all shapes and sizes, and all over the world! I have a wonderful team of the most amazing talent and the most amazing people, with whom I get to work with regularly.
Did I ever imagine that this would be my path? No. Definitely not. However, by getting out there and following my gut, by believing in my core that there was something greater for me, and by never giving up, I was able to find it. It’s a journey that continues to unfold, everyday!