Tispr Stories: Julie Mintz is Expressing Herself Through Song
Every Friday we check in with a freelancer or small business person who is following their dreams and doing what they love. This week, we’re chatting with Julie Mintz, an LA-based singer/songwriter whose debut full-length album “Abandon All Hope of Fruition” comes out October 5.
Here’s what Julie had to say about what motivates her, how she got into music, and the thrill of performing at the Hollywood Bowl.
Tell us a little about who you are as a person.
I’m a very sensitive, creative person balanced with a hyper-organized, focused side. Above all, I think what makes me most me is my openness and vulnerability.
What made you decide to pursue a career in music?
My music career happened organically. I was already living in LA and writing songs in my bedroom when I began getting more and more opportunities to play little shows and have my songs appear on television. It seemed like music was the direction in which positive things were happening, so I started focusing more on treating it as a real career.
How long have you been singing and songwriting?
I’ve been singing in choir and playing piano since I was a little girl. I didn’t realize I had the ability to write songs until I was in my early twenties and needed a form of deeper self-expression.
What inspires you to do what you do?
My only motivation for making music is to express my inner-world in the hopes that it connects with someone who has shared a similar experience or can find some solace from the things I’ve been through.
Where does the inspiration for your music come from?
My main musical inspiration is the struggle of relationships and pining and longing for love.
How do you feel when you’re writing music or performing, doing what you love?
I struggle from a lot of negative self-talk, but I find that when I’m working, that is the only time I feel free from negative thoughts and caught up in the pure positive feeling of creating.
What’s it like being in your line of work?
There is a lot of uncertainty in my line of work punctuated with very fun moments of getting to perform at exciting events and sharing what I love with new people.
How has singing and songwriting changed your life?
Singing/songwriting has definitely expanded my world and forced me to open myself up and face a lot of my fears of being exposed and judged. It’s made me realize I’m stronger than I thought.
“My only motivation for making music is to express my inner-world in the hopes that it connects with someone who has shared a similar experience or can find some solace from the things I’ve been through.”
What have you learned from songwriting?
I’ve learned not to put too much attention on failures and keep moving forward with my next idea.
If you could give your younger self a piece of advice, what would it be?
I don’t feel like I have enough perspective yet to fully reassure my younger self that it’ll all work out, but I would tell her that she is going to get some really cool opportunities.
What has been your favorite project to work on so far?
My highlight so far has been performing with Moby onstage at the Hollywood Bowl. I had envisioned myself performing there for many years, but it’s not something that I actually thought would ever come to fruition!