Living Your Passion

Monday, October 27, 2014 / Leave a Comment

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Michelle Antionette. Michelle is the mother of three girls ages 15, 11, and 9. Not only is she a mom, but she is a teacher with a passion for singing. She took the time out of her busy schedule to discuss with me how she manages to pursue her dreams, while working and being a mom.

Me: What do you teach?

Michelle: I am a reading specialist, I teach intensive phonics to middle school children.

Me: Since you sing, teaching isn't all you do, what are you currently working on aside from teaching.

Michelle: I'm working on putting an album out next year. I am about to go back in the studio in the next month.

Me: How long have you been working on the album?

Michelle: For 4 years. So to some it may seem like a long time but with anything in life monkey wrenches delayed me completing the album, but I keep pressing on.

(Michelle recently moved from Florida to NY, separated from her husband and had to start all over)

Me: Has it been difficult working full-time, raising three girls, while working on an album?

Michelle: I wouldn't say difficult, challenging maybe, but never difficult. If you continue to put God first, and work towards your goals on a daily basis it will happen! Also I just take it one day at a time.

Me: Do you ever feel you fall short?

Michelle: No, because I know it's one day.

Me: Would you say your family has been your motivation for working towards your passion?

Michelle: Yes, because I want to show my girls that you can do what you set your mind to. God, and my family have been my biggest motivations.

Me: I know your girls must be proud of you?

Michelle: Yes, they are waiting for me to travel the world, lol

Me: Has your family and friends been supportive of you?

Michelle: Yes, immensely. One way they show their support is by coming to shows.

Me: Aside from the fact that you have an awesome voice (I've heard her sing before), what made you want to work on an album? Or sing as a career?

Michelle: There were a lot of different reasons. For one, many people have asked me to do an album. But most importantly I have a message and want to get it out there. I don't sing traditional gospel. I talk about God and about real life.

Me: Since you talk about real life situations as well as God, is it safe to say people who don't believe in God will be able to listen to some songs on your album and enjoy it?

Michelle: Yes, for sure

Me: Did you write any songs on the album?

Michelle: Yes and I worked with others as well.

Me: Who have you worked with on this album?

Michelle: Roger and Sam Gradison, and producers Sean Simmonds, and Jay Kaufman.

Me: Are there any other singers featured on your album?

Michelle: Not at the moment, but there will be.

Me: You're an independent artist, is it difficult being an independent artist in the gospel industry?

Michelle: Not really, its similar to being independent in the mainstream industry.

Me: Is this your first album? Or have you put out an album before?

Michelle: I have an EP but that was with a group, this is my first solo album

Me: Have you ever considered going on Sunday's Best?

Michelle: No that is not for me, lol

Me: What advice can you offer mothers who are in your situation, working, and pursuing their dreams?

Michelle: Make a plan, don't lose sight of your goals, keep your vision in front of you. Take time for down time with your kids and yourself!! If you burn out your no good to anyone. Don't worry about small set backs. Just keep going, and remember Rome wasn't built in a day. Love yourself and the people closest to you.

If you haven't heard Michelle sing, please listen to the video below


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