Unsigned and Underrated: ShesRYAN
ShesRYAN is a multi-talented singer/songwriter breaking into the artistry of music. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York as a stoop kid, Ryan was always an artistic and expressive individual, hungry to find her niche. Ryan has dabbled in many art forms including photography, modeling and music. Worried that she wouldn’t be taken seriously as an artist, ShesRYAN courageously entered a life of entertainment, landing a production deal with Hell Halo Music Group. Her journey has defined her character, showing that she is both driven and diligent. The tatted up misses embraces her individuality in all that she does.
SIR’s unique style and dope ink has led her to features on Urban Ink, INKED Magazine, The Source Magazine, MTV and more, but her grind never stops. The songstress performs at venues all over New York City to develop rapport in the music industry and continue building her following. ShesRYAN is a hard-worker and go-getter manifesting her dreams in real life. Vixen spoke with the artist about her challenges as an artist and her future goals.
Photo Credit(s): Margot Harris
Vixen: What's the hardest part of being an upcoming artist?
ShesRYAN: I would say the hardest part of being an up and coming artist is that crucial "first impression". That one thing that either makes an audience love you, or a hater 'hate' you. The one thing that will make a blog and or magazine do a feature on you, or push you to the pile of a thousand other submissions. The hardest part of being an upcoming artist is simply having people BELIEVE in you.
Biggest misconception that people have of the music industry/artists?
I think there are a few misconceptions that people have about artists, or people in the music industry period. But it's very hard to pinpoint one. I can only go off of my personal experience, which is how often people think a music artist can gain success, or "fame" to some in an extremely short amount of time. All music artists have different goals in particular. Some want short lived fame, others want longevity, and to actually be able to change the world. So all I have been experiencing as of lately is....."why aren't you rich and famous yet". It's pretty hilarious.
What goals have you set for the next five years?
Of course, have that one break through hit album that reaches the top of the charts. Go on world tours. Star in a major movie with a role that is the complete opposite of who I am regularly. Be the founder of an organization specifically for women who have suffered from low self esteem, abuse, and who feel like they have no one there for them. (Only because in my younger years I've experienced and felt this way). And lastly, publish my book. I'll write on my life, what I've experienced and learned, my journey with being a young philanthropist, and basically just believing in yourself.
When did you realize you wanted to become a music artist?
I knew I wanted to be a music artist when I was about 10. It was my mothers birthday and I wrote a full song for her called "The Birthday Song" (LOL) which had verses, a hook, and everything. I recorded it on an old recorder I found in the house, and it's been history ever since. I later joined the school chorus and band, where I always performed solos, and played the clarinet because it was my favorite instrument.
What doubts did you have?
Once things started picking up about 2 years ago, I seriously doubted that people would take me seriously. I was a photographer, turned model, turned singer. It was hard for people to grasp and understand. Some people even said, "you just popped out of nowhere". Which is true. But what else are you supposed to do when you're this serious about something....besides DO IT. I pushed all my fears and doubts to the side, and started making music. From there came shows, interviews, real supporters, and finally, real happiness.
Who are your biggest supporters?
My biggest supporters are my family. Including my little sisters who will call me up singing my songs. And fans that have followed my work from years ago. They really believe in me and want to see me win. I get messages and emails from strong supporters every now and then, and it really motivates me to keep going. It's amazing.
Do you recall a time you wanted to quit?
I was in a really bad relationship not too long ago. I quit my 9-5 to pursue my artistry full time, and I also wasn't inspired or felt like I had anyone who believed in me. THAT point in my life, I definitely wanted to quit. When it rains, it pours, but I'm happy I got through it. It was all a test! And I'm more successful now than I've ever been.
Something you learned from failing that made you stronger?
I used to think too much. I used to expect and anticipate too much. I also used to work towards everything, seeking specific results. This is the best way to fail at anything. I used to go to castings, auditions, and huge meeting, expecting certain results. Ex: I auditioned for a movie role a few years back, got to the final audition after hundreds of people didn't make it, and thought that the result of it all would be my "big break". Even with all the casting directors telling me I've made it...I was still rejected. At the very last minute, someone else got the role. This was my eye opener. So now my motto is "work, move forward without seeking results, for whatever is supposed to happen, will happen. Just plant your seeds and watch your whole world grow". It's pretty amazing.
Describe your style?
I would describe my style as fearless. Not in a bold, gaudy kind of way, but more of me just wearing exactly what I want. I cannot put myself in a category such as punk, or thrifty....but more like one day you will catch me draped out in all black with 9 in platforms, and the next day id be completely opposite. I'm just random and fearless.
What message do you want to give to the world with your music/style?
I want the world to know that it is OK TO JUST BE YOU. Through my music, my style, my hair, makeup..just everything, I make it very clear that if you live your life based on the opinion of everyone around you, you'll be unhappy, and unsuccessful. Once you learn to be happy with yourself, you attract the most genuine people, and find yourself in some of the best opportunities of your life.
Describe your journey in one word.