Benjamin Garibay— Singer/ Songwriter

What is your creative mission?

To express the way I feel, hoping that I could move feelings in someone else.

What do you love about what you do?

Having the right melody for the aching, cheerful or hopeful words.

What have you learned from your successes/ failures?

Time is a precious thing. When you’ve succeeded, you can see that the time you spent working on your stuff was worth it, and when you fail then it’s time to work harder, so the time doesn’t leave you behind.

How do you keep pushing ahead after a difficult challenge?

By remembering for what I started to do this and why I’m doing it for now. It always help to exchange stories and opinions with other artists and look for stories of creative processes.

Have you ever encountered resistance from family, friends, or the world in general? How did you overcome those kinds of blocks?

Especially from people that I see often but aren’t of my closest ones. They’ll say things like “but it’s only a hobby right? “. Sometimes it hurts that people won’t see your work as serious as it is. But then there are your family and friends, those who really know you and encourege you to keep going.

How has your art and creativity healed you?

When I have felt down or not very understood, or even just rare, the firsts to know how I felt were my notebook and my guitar. Is the easiest way, and actually the first step to heal.

What are your NFA Bullet points? What steps would you recommend for anyone who wants to kick some ass and get their creative dreams off the ground?

Do not overthink. Practice more. Feel intense. Let it be.


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About the Author:

Jeff Leisawitz burns with a mission—to inspire writers, artists, musicians and random creative types to amp up their creativity, heal their hearts and shine in the world. Author. Award winning musician/ producer. Internationally distributed filmmaker. College prof. Photographer. Speaker. Consultant. Not F*ing Around—The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground is Jeff’s first book.

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