Hometown: VALLEJO, CA / Now Los Angeles, CA
Passion: MUSIC
Instagram: @iamcinnamine

What is the current passion you are pursuing?

Music is my main driving force, obviously haha. But I have a lot of side hobbies, one of them being supporting other artists! As an artist myself, I understand the struggle (and fear of failure!) that comes with pursuing music, so to me it’s important to help other people get where they want to be if I have the resources to do so. If I can recommend a friend for a gig, help with writing lyrics to someone else’s song, or even just attend my friend’s gigs and show support that way, I make sure that I make the time to do that.

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

I started pursuing music seriously when a friend of mine at my community college watched my vocal jazz performance and suggested I start putting music out. I’ve always loved music and have been writing since I was like 10 or 11 years old, but I never thought to pursue it as a career. I grew up in a Filipino household with certain cultural expectations, so it didn’t seem like a plausible career path. But thanks to my friend, I now have my B.A. in music industry studies 🙂

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?

The moment I had to tell my parents I was going to pursue music was one of the hardest things I had to do, believe it or not, because I knew that wasn’t the life they wanted for me. I lived the majority of my life for other people, and honestly for the longest time didn’t think I would ever grow the balls to turn my daydreams into reality. But deep down, I knew it was the thing I was meant to do for the rest of my life. I spend a lot of time daydreaming about the future (I have a hard time living in the present, but I’m working on it), and I could never seem to picture myself in a life that didn’t involve music in some way. So once I figured that out, I kind of just dropped the bomb on them. It was hard for the first like four years, but I think after hearing my music and seeing how serious I was about it, they eventually warmed up to it.

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

This is gonna sound super dark, but what literally keeps me going is the idea that we’re all gonna die one day haha. All of the petty and stressful shit we deal with on a daily basis is not gonna matter when we’re laying in our death bed, so that’s what motivates me to enjoy my life to the fullest and pursue anything I want!

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
— Dale Carnegie
“Letting FEAR control your life is like letting a stranger tell you how to wash your dishes in your own house… nothing but YOU should be making decisions for yourself! “
— cinnamine


Listen to Superficial here.