In the past couple of years now, I have been on a journey of finding my voice and my view points on issues that go on in this world. As an artist, using my platform to spread love, peace and unity as the basis of my work, I wanted more depth and conviction to it. I was not satisfied with the surface level that I felt I was at. This process started with me examining my thoughts, my mind, myself and the things I deemed important and worthy of my time. At first, other people’s perspective were still surfacing. The things I no longer identified with, I laid aside. As I spent more time with my self, things began to filter out. I was able to see my true self. Even memories from my childhood, whether good or bad, made me who I am today. When these memories came to surface it was as if I was meeting my younger self again, introducing her to this woman I have become, who I am proud of. I knew in order to continue on my journey in life as a WHOLE woman, I needed to face my younger self and bring her along for this journey.
In my beginning stages of my professional work as a singer/songwriter, recording artist and an actress, it would be a false statement to say that everything was always great. That I had it all together, and had it all figured out as I pursue my passions in the entertainment industry.
I thought about the hundreds of other artist that were already out there. I was nervous because I thought I started too late. I did not even want to try to begin the process because I felt as if I would just be another number. But I could not run away from my purpose and my calling. Watching artist like Tori Kelly, reading about artist like Jennifer Lopez and many more; they never gave up despite what anyone told them. They remained consistent, focused and kept on going. It lit up a fire in me right at the edge of my surrender. Right when I thought I was not cut out for it. I was determined to be my best self. So I engulfed myself in learning about the music industry and music business. I began working on my brand, website, recordings and my performance skills. I even auditioned and was accepted into a conservatory program training in Music Theatre after being out of college for four years.
I know that there are no shortcuts and this is how bad I really wanted it. I surprised myself. I looked at the things I invested my time in, what I deemed important to me and saw that I was a true artist. I lived, breathed, and dreamed it. So my question for you is: How bad do you want it? How hard you will work to become your best self? Your best life is not in competition with anyone else’s, only in the pursuit of your greatest self. There will be times when people won't see everything that you're doing. There will be times people won't see everything that God is doing but, holding on to your faith, your hope and your optimism will determine the outcome. What I have come to find out is: It is all about perspective. The things we receive out of life are based on the thoughts in our mind. I choose to live my life in a very optimistic way. I would rather see the world through positive and pure eyes instead of seeing the world through a negative lens. As I continue with my everyday life, I know I am on the brink of greatness. When life tries to hand me some, I hand some right back and keep on going!
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.