Saturday, 1 December 2007
Warrior Girl Music
[Published in Melt Magazine]
Warrior Girl Music is the place in Los Angeles to
go for music, inspiration and community. Gratefully you can join the action without leaving home. With the focus on creative and artistic development Warrior Girl Music founder Gilli Moon is making it her mission to bring empowerment to the people.
Founded in 1997, Warrior Girl Music provides seminars and personal coaching for artists as well as services in music production, multimedia and PR campaigns, an indie record label and a non-profit organization: Songsalive!
Warrior Girl Music has also co-produced Females On Fire, the Los Angeles Women's music festival this past summer in Encino. The festival featured over 100 artists and performers. Females On Fire is also a compilation series CD that boasts over 65 female artists from around the globe. The 3rd CD is scheduled for release in 2008.
At the core of these services is the concept of the empowered artist. In her workshops, which are based on her book I AM A Professional Artist – the Key to Survival and Success in the World of the Arts, Gilli begins with the basics. For example, each of the participants describes themselves in one sentence. From there, Gilli's experience in the performing arts comes into play as she guides each person to a more confident self-identity as an artist. Gilli initiates the discussion by emphasizing the importance of using affirmative language.
"Many people introduce themselves with excuses about why they aren't successful," Gilli explains.She says that often times we doubt our ability or we wait for some else to come give us the affirmation we need to follow our dream. But in reality, the way we use language is itself a block. If we want to be successful, then we need to act successful.
Gilli knows all about success and entrepreneurship. An only child raised in Australia, she played piano at the age of four and taught herself music and art by candlelight. Gilli learned to love nature because she lived with her parents on their rural property on the edge of a wilderness. At 18 she moved to Italy, then back to Sydney for degrees in Visual Arts and Business. In 1997 after a stint in New York City and then back to Rome where she worked in opera with Placido Domingo – Gilli settled in Los Angeles.
Since then she co-founded Songsalive!, which is the largest international non-profit organization supporting and promoting songwriters and received honors for her Warrior Girl record label as "Indie Label of the Year 2003" by Philadelphia's Independent Music Awards.
Although she now lives in Sherman Oaks, Gilli still retreats to the sanctuary of nature to replenish. Her home is an oasis of gardens and a pool that she shares with her fiancé, ‘rhymecologist’ J. Walker. Here Gilli grounds herself in her extraordinary life, which incidentally, is the title of one of her 4 original self-produced CD's. Gilli takes time out to relax by losing herself in espionage: movies such as the Bourne Identity, as well as in John Grisham books. She is a 'total sucker for Starbucks music' and is currently listening to the band Fiest.
Just back from a tour of the east coast, Gilli is completing her 2nd book Just Get Out There which is about the internal journey of an artist and is due out in the spring of 2008. Gilli is also taking a performance hiatus to go back to Australia.
"I am a professional artist, singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, painter, adventurer, and teacher of truth in creation of positive mindsets and healing connection," is how Gilli describes herself in one sentence.
One trip to the Warrior Girl website is all it takes to see that Gilli is passionate about sharing herself so that others can expand and grow artistically as well as professionally. This passion is the driving force behind her work whether
she is writing music, performing or on tour to support one of the many 20 chapters of Songsalive!
The key to Gilli's success is her commitment to the process of her creativity – not the outcome. On her Warrior Girl Music enews she states "As an artist, I am constantly exploring freedom in my creativity. Freedom is also about coming from a certain place of non attachment with our art." This non-attachment to outcome goes a long way to keeping a sense of humor while she is touring.
Once when Gilli was promoting her CD Temperamental Angel she got to imitate HBO's Sex in the City character Carrie, who is played by Sarah Jessica Parker. You remember that part where Carrie struts down the runway and falls during a modeling show. Gilli's version happened when she was introduced at a dance club just before the DJ played the dance remix of her song Naked. As Gilli was walking onto the dance floor, she tripped over the dance stage and fell face first. But the point is always about getting back up. And while HBO heroine Carrie, did pick herself up to finish walking down the runway; real life inspiration Gilli Moon got back up and danced.
Some of Gilli Moon's Art:
For more information about Gilli Moon's music and appearances visit www.gillimoon.com.
To sign up for her coaching services available in person or via the web visit www.warriorgirlmusic.com.
To find about Songsalive! visit www.songsalive.org.
Be sure to check out J. Walker's workshops for At Risk Youth at rhymecology.com. (He's Gilli's favorite poet!)