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Conversations with the Inspiring Natalie Foucauld

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Foucauld.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am 28 years old and currently live in Miami. I grew up as first-generation Puerto Rican/Haitian American in West Palm Beach, FL. I started writing poetry at six years old, and although my parents were pretty strict, they still were very loving and would surround me by whatever art or creative hobby I would like to try at the moment. I credit them for my work ethic today. I didn’t really become versed in the arts until I attended A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts as a visual arts major. I think there is when I really started to see myself as an artist. Being in such a liberal environment, I discovered music I had never listened to before, from rock and roll to hip hop. The lyrics and flow of hip hop really resonated with me, as growing up in primarily white and Hispanic neighborhoods I had experienced racism and discrimination for being black. After high school, I pursued medicine and currently practice as a physician assistant (PA), as well as have my doctorate in the medical sciences. It wasn’t until three years ago, while I was in PA school that I became very hopeless with what my purpose in life was and almost quit school. I wasn’t even painting anymore. I discovered the guitar during this time and started writing songs with my poetry. I formed a band, Cloud Solo, and wrote an EP. This was the beginning of my musical journey. Now, I am also focusing on my solo music under the artist name Le Poodle.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely has not been easy. You have to work twice as hard to be respected as a woman, especially woman of color, in the music and art industries. You also have to be careful as people, particularly men, can take advantage of your vulnerability at the beginning of your journey. Insecurities about work quality can really sneak in, and it’s hard to be proud of your accomplishments sometimes. You really get in your head when creating alone, and resenting your work can become an issue. Something I have also struggled with is having the ideas and passion, but not being physically capable of performing these tasks. Comparing yourself to your favorite Instagram musicians who have been playing five instruments since they were in diapers can be really damaging to your self-esteem. Remember, we are on different journeys. Music takes time. If you just started, you won’t be creating masterpieces overnight and if you ain’t ready, you ain’t ready. Trust the process, don’t rush it, and remember to practice. Also, be willing to understand when it’s time to fly the nest, especially if you want to perform live. I’ve embarrassed myself 20 billion times. That is going to happen, but these moments only makes you stronger, even if you cry yourself to sleep after a bad gig or negative responses. It’s important to surround yourself with a network of creatives and friends who are striving for similar goals and can provide you positive feedback and love. Something that is extremely important for me is a sense of community. It is there for you when you’re ready to accept what it offers. There is only room for uplifting and growth here. Please understand when to take other opinions with a grain of salt, as not everyone has your best intentions in mind. Trust your gut, always. Lastly, it’s okay to be proud of your accomplishments and to love yourself.

What should we know about Le Poodle? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I honestly do A LOT so this is a hard question, but in regards to what I specialize in, I would have to say music and visual arts. With music, my voice is my main instrument. I am an experienced writer, and things flow pretty naturally to me if the energy is aligned. I can compose and produce entire tracks on Ableton and hope to perfect these skills over time. I think my ability to be able to produce and play multiple instruments is something that I am proud of, given I have only been at it for 3.5 years. I also paint, draw, style myself for shoots, and shoot film photography. I want to combine all of the aforementioned skills into a “super-skill” of sorts. I love complete pictures.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
Definitely. I mentioned before the importance of community, and women own this area. I can see how the community is changing for the better in these regards. A lot of female artists are interconnected somehow, and that is so beautiful. We are just bringing each other up every day.

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Image Credit:
The main shot of me was shot by Yajaira Sattui ig: @imyajaira, The second head shot was shot by William Beauplant @williambeauplant, Group shot is BTS from the Butterfly Get Me Honey video shoot. Shot by Kim Avendano ig: @thirdeyekat

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