Mandy Bo interview about music,business,vision and passion to succeed
Mandy Bo gave us an exclusive interview on 20th October 2015 about what really music means to her.
Q: Mandy Bo welcome to this skype interview
Mandy Bo: Thanks for having me
Q: We have noticed that you are a singer and an actress.And a model as well.How do you combine all these for pursuing your dreams regarding both life but also business?
Mandy Bo: Well I started as a model and actress but eventually had to stop pursuing those gigs to focus on music, since it keeps me so busy and requires all of my attention. I still do model and acting gigs when requested for projects I’m really interested in or that are music related.
Q: What would be your advice for someone at the music industry which is a very demanding but also also tough sector to excel and make a career?
Mandy Bo: This is something you have to do purely for the love of music. Don’t do it for money or fame or any other reason really because those things rarely come and if they do happen to and you aren’t doing it for the love, it just won’t mean anything.
Q: You mentioned that music requires your full attention.So is this and passion the ways to succeed?Or what else do you think?
Mandy Bo: It absolutely does. My days are entirely filled with training, rehearsals, music meetings, writing, dealing with the business side of things, making sure I et back to all my fans and doing research so I know what’s going on I’m the industry and what to expect at each phase of my career. All of this is necessary for me to succeed and the key thing that keeps me going is my passion for it all.
Q: So mostly passion then business.In the not so far past you have used crowdfunding as means to produce your music and cover costs and expenses.How did that really happen?
Mandy Bo: Music is very expensive and I could not have done it without the up port of my friends, family and fans. I turned to Kickstarter because at the time it was my only real option. I loved the fact that it really allowed everyone to be involved in the project though. I’m very excited to be running a new campaign through Pledge Music in Feb 2016 because it was just such a wonderful overall experience.
Q: So both a clever and effective way to fund your goals.How do you use marketing with promotion of your songs and your brand name?Are you a tech savvy?
Mandy Bo: I am fairly tech savy
Mandy Bo: I do all my own Web and design work
Mandy Bo: I use Tune core for digital distribution and social media mainly to get the word out. I have tried paid ads in the past but find that I prefer directly interacting with my fans. That way I can get their feedback on the music.
Q: In the modern era of social media what is your online presence,which ones do you use and do you think that they have helped you gaining more fans?
Mandy Bo: I originally had great success with LinkedIn oddly enough, but then it was Facebook, now Twitter and Instagram. I think it just depends where you focus your energy. To have an account for all is too much and not necessary I’ve found. Better to focus on just a couple. Especially if you have the same people on all of your social accounts…which I don’t. That’s why I still use them all.
Q: You are based in Canada but have social media really helped to have an international audience and more publicity?
Mandy Bo: I am in Toronto. For sure it has! I have a very diverse fan base from all around the world, which would never have been possible without social media.
Q: So social media and marketing do work.But you said you had the support of friends,relatives to make your dream come true.Is business and marketing to make your dream a success a team work or a solo one?
Mandy Bo: While it’s true I do a ton of work on my own, it’s the support of everyone around me that keeps me going and pushing to grow. The fact that they believe in me and are always willing to offer a helping hand when necessary is what has truly helped me reach success. I have a lot of people reaching out to me now and offering me great solutions to grow and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them.
Q: This is great news.What are your main emotions related to music do you have a main theme about the style of your music,what is it mainly focused on?
Mandy Bo: Music for me reflects life so of course them mood and theme of each song are just as unique and different as each day and mood we experience st any given moment. Sometimes my songs are fun or funny, sometimes they are angry or strong because that’s how I’m feeling about what it is I’m talking about right then. We all go through so much and I love that I can connect with people around the world about an array of experiences that exist within the spectrum of humanity.
Q: At what stage of your music career are you know if you can define it and what tips would you give to getting the most and best out of it?
Mandy Bo: Truth be told, I have no idea what stage I am really at. Sometimes you can be right on the tipping point of everything you’ve ever wanted and worked for and not even know it. But, you never know these things looking forward, only back. So I hope that is where I am but only time will tell. I am definitely enjoying every minute and have already achieved more than I ever dreamed possible (I don’t think this answers your question at all haha). As for tips…make your own path. Just because something has been done in a certain way and by everyone for so long doesn’t mean it’s the right way for you. I’ve done things however I wanted because it’s my career and gosh darn it, I can do that! So I do. I think it’s been a major factor in my happiness and success so far and I’ll continue to challenge the traditional music industry models and search for my own answers.
Q: Music,business and marketing always evolve.What are your main characteristics that set your strong points and what would be your weak ones that push you to evolve through time and have success?
Mandy Bo: I’m a very curious individual. I love to know how things work and want to try to mold them into my own. So 8m always happy to play with new social media and design my own templates for things I need..it’s a ton of fun. Like today for example, I’m playing around with a bunch of new design tools for my website so I can create a new page for my upcoming Big Beat Challenge. I’m trying to get it to look the way I want….anyways, I digress (ha ha). But my major challenge moving forward will be dealing with the financial side of things. The more you grow and need the more complicated accounting and the handling of finances becomes and I will really need some assistance with all that. I know my weaknesses and am happy to get help where needed so I can spend more time on making MUSIC!
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Q: It is not easy to challenge traditional music industry models but radical new things are not just innovation they may create a whole new fashion.You have something specific as a vision to make the difference?
Mandy Bo: My music in itself doesn’t fit into any one particular genre and the industry is having a heck of a time placing me, but I don’t care. I make music I like and want to hear, and that I think other people want to hear. I have a very diversified fan base, the music appeals to all kinds of different people and I love it!! I don’t want to be limited by some box in the form of a genre. I think lots of artists are exploring in this way and things are really changing…but hey, that’s how rock and roll was made baby 😉
Q: In life although passion is great to motivate you failure always is there to knock you down.Are there times in the past you ever though to quit?How did you handle stress and anxiety?Do you have any personal limits you want to exceed in the future?
Mandy Bo: Oh life is always there to knock ya down, thank goodness! It’s so humbling. I wouldn’t be the person I am today or made it this far had I not started so low or been knocked down so many times because it taught me how to climb and get back up. When I feel anxious or stressed I just remind myself that I’ve probably been in a much worse position before and survived and that it’s not actually that bad, and I’m usually right. I have a ton of goals I want to achieve but sometimes I even surprise myself. As Marianne Williamson says, “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” My fears fuel me and make it my mission to take them head on everyday. So to respond to your question, I want to exceed every personal limit possible…
Q: Ambitious… and optimistic we like that.What are your dreams about the future and what would really make you happy?Quantity of records and songs or stick to quality?Fame and glory?Anything else?
Mandy Bo: I really just want to be performing as much a possible for as my people as possible. It’s about creating and sharing those once memorable moments that are absolutely priceless. I just wish I could find a way to hold into them forever.
Q: We notice you focus a lot on emotions.Kindly inform us where someone can find more information about you,your music and any near future plans.By the way would you argue that looks is very important to make a career at the music industry?Because you have been already a model.
Mandy Bo: Anything you would like to know can be found at MandyBo.com
Q: What else would you like to share with us in this exclusive interview so that someone can get to know you better as an artist and a personality?
Mandy Bo: Just reach out and say hello! Happy to answer questions and get to know anyone who wants to get to know me.
Q: Any tips from your own experience so that someone can turn his passion to a business no matter at what competitive industry?
Mandy Bo: You have to be dedicated. That means time, energy, resources, etc. You have to figure out what the cost is for what you want (such as money, sleep, time with friends and family) and ask yourself if you are honestly willing to pay it. If yes, then give it 110% because this is it. This is your life and this is your chance. Give it all you got. And if you fall down, that’s ok. You have to enjoy the journey because it is the success. Don’t focus on the end goal, it’ll only make you doubt yourself and you don’t have time for that. Also, only allow positive people who support your insanity into your life. They’re invaluable. And appreciate them, because only the people who were there from the beginning will truly be there in the end.
Q: One last question.Most artists when they gain fame and success and money they change somehow their real behavior as persons.What would you say to your fans,could this change happen to you or is it not?Because you are super friendly and extroverted and can be contacted directly like we are having now this interview very easily which is really great.Besides being curious what are your main characteristics as both an artist and a person?
Mandy Bo: Well I think maybe some people are more susceptible to that then others. It depends on what you value in life. I decided a long time ago this is the person I want to be and I hope y’all will put me back in place if I stray too far. My main characteristics though? Hm…I try to be as honest as possible and just open. I believe in treating others with kindness and respect…that’s my religion.
Q: Mandy Bo thank you very much for your time and this interview.We hope the questions were not the usual ones you get and that you enjoyed it like we did.We wish all the best to you and success.Having all your goals come true.We are eager to listen and watch more great music from you.
Mandy Bo: Well thank you so much for having me! These were excellent questions that I have not really come across. I really appreciate you having me and all of your support! Keep up the great work as well and I look forward to hearing from you and chatting with you again in the near future. Xoxoxxoo
About Mandy Bo
Mandy Bo is a Canadian singer, song writer,actress and model.You can get more information about her music and forthcoming projects at her website http://mandybo.com
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