What Message Do You Think Every Woman Should Hear?

With Namarah

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi! Namarah here, I’m living in Philadelphia and loving it. I sing songs and write them and hope to move people with my music.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
Before I thought about a career in music I was really into the idea of pursuing a law degree. Didn’t really last. I felt I could do better work creating art that would inspire and challenge attitudes. And also because I just didn’t want to be in a courtroom in business attire… ever.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You’re never going to feel motivated to do the things you know you need to do. Just have to stop being lazy and do it. 

What is your greatest fear?
I generally ask myself if I have wasted my time in certain aspects of my life. If I stayed too long at a job or a relationship… wondering if I had waited to long because of my own anxieties and therefore lost some time that I could have had to pursue something or grow in my life. But as I’m thinking, my greater fear… I would say my greatest… is the question of who will be with me and who will leave me in my journey. I really had issues with rejection as I was growing up and I would get super depressed when relationships went in directions I didn’t expect. I guess now I’m pretty wary of people at times, because they can be so solid one day and stormy the next. I’m kind of like that myself though, temperamental, so I’m learning to not hold on so tightly and accept that there will be times of great connection and times of isolation – I’m getting comfortable with the concept.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I remember one day in piano class while I was I n college when my professor asked me what I was going to do after I graduated. When I told her that I would be in commercial music and I’d be a recording artist and touring, she blinked at me. It was clear how skeptical she was about my answer and I didn’t really care. I think that kinda sums up every person who has told or seemed as though they were “waiting for this phase to end”. So far I’ve accomplished what I’ve said what I plan to do and I intend to continue that no matter what people think. 

What message do you think every woman should hear?
You don’t need to ask for permission to do anything you’re passionate about. You just have to be daring enough to decide that it’s worth making a priority. I know it sounds a little lofty but it is something I had to internalize, I always felt that I was waiting for approval to pursue an idea inside me. And as I waited for that approval, I became doubtful of my ability. You gotta just ignore the desire for approval or even better yet, get in front of a mirror and approve yourself. 

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I live in a home with really spiritual and creative women. It’s probably the best environment I could ask for in my season of life right now. But I cherish most my privacy. My room is quiet and peaceful, my plants are green, and my books and journals are used often. 

What do you love most about yourself?
I love how dramatic I can be. 
I also hate how dramatic I can be. 

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
I can learn something from every person that comes into my life. There’s never a meaningless connection and that validates the positive and negative moments in life. The people I’ve had the opportunity to be with have taught me how to be a good friend, a listener, how to have a healthy argument and how to not be a crappy person haha. I’m genuinely grateful for every situation because I have something to share now with others. And I’m also able to have empathy. 

How do you manage your work-life balance?
I don’t. LOL. I generally pursue work until I almost burn out and then run towards life with equal force. What I do practice everyday though is routine. I wake up at 5am everyday for devotion time and prayer. And then I do whatever it is I end up doing until 2ish, and take a nap. Then I get up and whatever it is I’m doing until I decide to sleep. 
It’s a loose structure but it serves me well. 

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What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
As free flowing and philosophical I can sound and appear to be I really have little patience for disorganization and lack of timeliness. Like I can show up 15 minutes before anything and still feel like I’m behind. Or if my room has like a T-shirt on the ground then I’m so much sadder than I should be hahaha. 

What is something on your bucket list?
I need to sky dive. It’s not a desire. It’s a need. 

Where do you find inspiration?
I get a lot of my ideas from my dream world. I’m a lucid dreamer and it’s been quite awesome to let my imagination play out.

What are your biggest passions?
I’ve always been interested in types of work that build community in a way either through entertainment, education or empowerment. So I love to create spaces, content and situations where community can take place within those themes. Music is the life blood, or should I say medium, that allows entertainment, education and empowerment happen. I guess you could say music is my what if the question is “what is your passion” and the rest is my reason why.

More About Namarah

Namarah is a Philadelphia-born artist exploring the connections of social exchange through performance and art. She is a singer-songwriter and gamer enthusiast who enjoys spontaneity and adventure. Namarah shares her interpretation of universal ideas in her music and examines its intersections with society

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