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Conversations with the Inspiring Stephanie Carcache

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Carcache.

Stephanie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Oh, my story! As many of us can recall while recounting the steps that make up our life, its a mixture of twists and turns, ups, downs, and mine is no different than the rest but let’s start from the beginning :). Singing came naturally to me as a child but I never quite understood what I was doing until my Kindergarten teacher asked me to perform at our graduation a song ironically called “This is the Day”. Since that day, music and singing became me. I identified so much of who I was as a singer stemming from that day. I joined local choirs and competed in regional competitions which led me to compete in a televised show “America’s Most Talented Kids” at the age of thirteen.

Shortly after, I was introduced to a group of producers through SONY Music Latin and began recording and writing music that allowed me to perform and tour around the US independently. Growing up while trying to “make it” in the music industry was tough to navigate through and it all came to a stop when I began having vocal issues. I remember this one night when I was performing in NYC, I grabbed the microphone and held it close to me but nothing would come out. I didn’t quite know what was going on but once I went to the doctor he confirmed to me that I had developed vocal nodules due to bad technique and overuse. This was, of course, very challenging and emotional for me as a singer and as a person but I ‘ll refrain from turning this into a sob story ;). It took me about a year and a half to get my voice back in a better place with consistent speech therapy as well as more vocal training. Once I was ready, I bought a one-way ticket to LA to continue my pursuit of a musical career.

Life in Hollywood was interesting and an experience I grew a lot from. You learn to dive into the deep blue ocean of aspiring artists and sharks. All you can do is to try your best to swim while others are busy trying to sink each other. Its a strange place mixed with realized dreams and dying ones too. Almost, as if you can feel the sense of hopefulness and hopelessness in the air. As an empathetic artist, it was difficult for me to see so many talented people succumb to the Hollywood business. In my heart, art and business never came together. This had left me feeling disillusioned and I soon packed my bags to NYC, DC even Cuba for a split second and eventually back to Miami right where I started. No game plan, no goal list, nothing. But I’ll always remember this quote my dad used to tell us growing up, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” and for the first time, I didn’t have a plan! It might sound cliche but I decided to “let go and let God”.

Shortly after that through a discovery on Twitter, one of my dream producers to work with asked me to sing with him at a concert in Abu Dhabi at Emirates Palace together with a full orchestra. And just like that music had found me again in the most authentic “stars aligned” type of way and it was simply magical. Once I allowed life to happen to me instead of trying to make it happen for me, amazing things happened. Since then, I have opened myself to live rather than limiting myself to only the things I can imagine. I’ve learned if you can learn to truly let go, life can take you to places that are beyond your imagination. In opening myself up to life, I have discovered that I am a multi-passionate soul and have found a passion for arts & culture, writing, music education, languages, travel, and creative entrepreneurship.

I am currently furthering my artistic studies in Music with Berklee College of Music as well as Co-founding a start-up company along with my sister called Millennial Women. A digital multimedia company that curates inspirational and resourceful content for the women of the millennial generation. The heartbeat of the company is our traveling podcast Millennial Women Talk where we interview leading thought leaders from around the globe in a meet up setting inviting women from all different backgrounds for a night of conversations and exchanging perspectives. Our mission is to start dialogues surrounding topics of higher value with the hopes of reaching understanding within ourselves and amongst each other, because we believe that fundamentally we are all so much more alike than we are different!

In my story, life once seemed like a narrow winding road but now seems like a wide open space with room for more dreams, more personal growth, more hard work and even enough room for a little magic as well. To be continued…

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My advice for other women would be to allow life to happen to you. Continue learning and educating yourself always. Invest in your personal development and growth. Don’t fixate your life to be only one winding road and remove self-limitations by viewing life as a wide open space leaving room for all of the amazing things that are meant to happen, happen. Have faith and trust in your journey!

What should we know about Stephanie Carcache Music, Millennial Women? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a singer and as an artist, I love the space where contemporary and classical music meet. I am invigorated by the authentic sounds of musicians and love to create organic songs with intentional narratives.

I love to collaborate with other musicians as well as delve into other art forms such as theatre.

As Co-Founder of Millennial Women, we strive to curate inspiring and resourceful content for the women of the millennial generation. Through our traveling LIVE podcasts and meet up events, Millennial Women Talk, our mission is to bring women together from all different backgrounds to engage in open conversations, share perspectives, and create understanding within themselves as well as amongst each other.

I am passionate about this belief that we all have so much more in common than we have different and this is the driving force behind all of my endeavors.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Social media has been a wonderful way for networking, reaching out to people who I admire, and connecting in general. I also love to be involved and in the know of local events that are happening but for me, the power of social media lies in its global reach.

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