“Like I say in a line of a new song that hasn’t come out yet, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re all sisters and brothers”, ALWAYS stay true to yourself. Don’t change your personality for others. If it’s not you, just don’t do it. And stay away from people who try to bring you down and that only bring negativity to your life. If someone is bullying you or making fun of you, just know that it’s not because your doing something wrong. It’s because something wrong is going on in their life. And if you need any help, please ALWAYS talk to someone. There is always someone there for you.”
I had the pleasure to interview Khadija Emma. Born in Geneva Switzerland and raised in Los Angeles California, Khadija Emma grew up to find her love for music. Since she was a little girl Khadija Emma was fascinated and inspired by artists such as Whitney Houston. As she came to be older her love for Whitney Houston hasn’t changed but she has come to love Zendaya and Billie Eilish. They are all her major inspirations. Khadija Emma first started getting into music when her godfather, the producer, Dallas Austin brought her to his studio in Atlanta at the age of three. He gave Khadija Emma her first piano. This was the beginning of a new journey. Khadija Emma wrote her first song EMPIRE at the age of 9 and fully produced it at 12. The song expresses her sad and confused feelings after being bullied by other kids. She says “The lyrics just came in my head when I was sitting alone at my piano. I wondered how I could make a way to express my feelings while still being able to help and heal other people with my music”. “Empire” is a message for all young kids and teens, trying to find their true selves and not doing something just because someone wants you to. To find their own “Empire”.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Thank you for having me! I have always had a big love for music. I just followed my dreams and that’s where that brought me (With the help of my parents ofcourse). If you want to achieve something, you always need to have support, no matter who it is. If you just stay positive and believe in yourself, anything is possible. Don’t tell yourself that you can’t do something or that your not good at something. Don’t even let anybody say negative things about you. I say in the bridge of my Original song, Empire, “Life means we can do anything”.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
An interesting story that happened during this career was while I was recording. I was so used to recording in my little closet in my house that when the time came and I recorded in ATL with producer, Dallas Austin, I was so shocked on how large the recording room was. It was literally 5 times the size of my closet.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
When I was recording my very first song, Empire, we were almost done for the day until my producer told me that we have to record the bridge next. The only thing was that I didn’t have a bridge. So right then and there, I wrote one which managed to be the most powerful line in my song. The lesson I learned was to ALWAYS be prepared and to know what you have to do. Even if you forget something there is always a way to fix it.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Right Now I am working on 3 new songs with producer, Dallas Austin. I am so excited to be working on these because they all have to do with my theme of Anti-Bullying. It is very important to me because I was bullied all throughout my life and I want to make a change by spreading awareness.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Some of the most interesting people I have interacted with are Dakota Lotus (Coop and Cami On Disney Channel), Krystian Lyttle (Grey’s Anatomy), Sharlize and Shariah True (Dancers), and Brooklyn Queen (Rapper and Finalist on Brat’s “The Talent Show”). I have met all influencers throughout events and shows. They are so encouraging and sweet and they are so fun to hang around with.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Like I say in a line of a new song that hasn’t come out yet, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re all sisters and brothers”, ALWAYS stay true to yourself. Don’t change your personality for others. If it’s not you, just don’t do it. And stay away from people who try to bring you down and that only bring negativity to your life. If someone is bullying you or making fun of you, just know that it’s not because your doing something wrong. It’s because something wrong is going on in their life. And if you need any help, please ALWAYS talk to someone. There is always someone there for you.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
I would make a movement to fight bullying. Like I said before, I have been affected by it. It’s not a good thing to do and if you see it, you should always try and help.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. The industry is NOT easy. It involves a lot of hard work, but at the end it pays off.
2. Have a team. Make sure you have people you trust on your side.
3. Stay Positive. No matter what, you can’t bring yourself down because of the actions of others.
4. Take your time. Hard work always takes time. Weather it’s writing a song or learning a script, it takes time to get it to how you want. It’s not magic.
5. Don’t take everything so seriously. It’s good to have fun sometimes. You can have your serious moments, but you can also have your fun moments. And those are usually the moments you will remember.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Your life is a result of the choices you make… If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.
This quote made me aware about how much thought you put into your actions.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
My family. We work as a team. That is what I love about a family team. We are always there to talk and we always have each others back.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
I would LOVE to eat a private breakfast with Zendaya and Billie Eilish. They are my idols. They inspire me and motivate me to be as good as them some day.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
YouTube: Khadija Emma
Tik Tok: @khadijaemma
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!
Thank you so much for sharing my story.
Originally published at medium.com