Hometown: SOUTH BEND, IN / Now New York City
Instagram: @brooklynkohl

What is the current passion you are pursuing?

I’m pursuing my career as a musician and artist! From writing my own music and collaborating with other artists to playing live shows to serving my community through music and performances, I’ll be pursuing music until it’s all she wrote. My greatest passion at this stage of my life is creating and writing music. I find joy in exploring a new melody or finding the perfect lyrical phrase. I always write from my experiences which really helps to dig deep into my past, fears, dreams, etc., in hopes of being relatable and healing to the listener.

Anything in particular that sparked your drive to pursue these passions?

It was during my senior year of high school when I visited an arts college that I realized my passion for music and singing could evolve into a career. From a young age, I had fallen in love with singing to the top of my lungs when no one was at home. I was paralyzed by anxiety and doubt well into my teen years and finally when I started joining a jazz ensemble riff-off at the arts college, I slowly started to feel like I could do this. The small piece of validation and support turned singing from a  hidden talent to something I HAD to do. It felt like I had no other option when those walls were finally broken down.

Can you describe an instance or a situation when you faced significant fear or doubt in your life in which you successfully came out on the other side?

I have fears and doubts to this day. There was an instance when I was auditioning for the Voice and I was not at all settled with my song options. I had to drive all the way to Denver from where I was living in Salt Lake City and believe in myself just enough to wind up behind the casting doors. My first song they didn’t like – apparently not enough of a climax or wow factor to make the judges potentially turn their chairs. But what the casting director was mentioning to me and helping coach me in was for my next song. Little notes like where to look at in the camera and making a moment for myself. Once the next song started playing, I could’ve either kept with the status quo or take the advice and be coachable. The next song I sang ended up saving my audition and moving me towards the next stage. I actually never ended up getting to be on the show, BUT what I learned in those moments were very valuable and it gave me validation to keep pushing towards something greater than what I then believed about myself.

What is your overall mindset/mantra in pursuing your passion despite fear or obstacles that come your way?

It really comes down to asking yourself can you live without your craft/passion? Do you ever see yourself not pursuing your artistic passion and if so, would you be happy? If the answer is no, then rejection, doubt, lack of money – none of that can matter. Those are a few of the harsh realities, but you’ll make it work if it’s something you can’t live without.

“Mistakes are proof that you’re trying.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Own it.” – DVF