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“In order to thrive, you have to know that it’s not going to happen over night” With singer and actress Jenny March

Firstly, you have to know that it’s not going to happen over night. It’s going to take time… they say 5 years, but it could take 10, 20…


Firstly, you have to know that it’s not going to happen over night. It’s going to take time… they say 5 years, but it could take 10, 20.. Surround yourself with people you look up too, and that support you. The biggest “no no” is surrounding yourself with people who put you down and aren’t as driven, because they’ll hold you back. Also, get involved in not just one aspect of the industry. I write for other artists as well. There’s a lot you can do as well as pursue your career as an artist. Keep learning. You also can’t let rejection get to you. Whenever I audition for a role in a show or movie, whatever it may be, I go in and do my best work and if I don’t get it, I move on. You just have to keep pushing and fighting to make your dream come true, and know that it will get tough. Make rejection your motivation.


I had the pleasure to interview LA based pop vocalist and Cincinnati native Jenny March, who recently performed at KISS FM’s Fireworks show. Jenny is hot off the release of her sun-soaked single “Talk To Me.” “Talk To Me” is Jenny’s second single and has garnered over 153K Spotify streams, in addition to gaining radio spins at dozens of stations including KREV/San Francisco. “Talk To Me” follows her debut single “California Daze” (130K Spotify streams). Futhermore, Jenny has also collaborated with Dutch DJ CMC$’s track “Love Parade.” Jenny caught the entertainment bug early in her childhood and attended New York’s prestigious Stagedoor Manor acting camp five years in a row. She later landed acting roles with Marisa Tomei and Minnie Driver in the horror film Laboratory Conditions as well as starring in the short The Stanford Letter and a 12-minute Secret Deodorant anti-bullying spot entitled Meanamorphosis. Ultimately, Jenny wanted to focus on her passion for music and teamed up with producer Tony Rodini [blackbear, Weezer, Terror Jr.] in 2017 for her upcoming EP.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was into performing and just overall entertaining since I was a kid. I started dancing at first and then got heavily into musical theatre. When I was 15, I moved to LA and fell in love with songwriting. It was my way of getting out all of my (sometimes) hormonal teenage angst feelings and just the new experiences I was having. That was the start of me really focusing on my own music career.

Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?

Gosh. I don’t know.. I feel like that story has still yet to come. Haha and interesting could mean a lot of different things. I guess for me, the most interesting story would also tie into my answer to your next question. I recently got to perform at the biggest show I’ve ever played over Labor Day weekend. The experience of sound checking, it not going so well, seeing the hustle and bustle the crew goes through trying to fix it and it still not getting fixed, and them being pressed for time in order to start on time when we were already over an hour behind schedule, and eventually not being able to sound check, was all very interesting to me. I knew all of this could happen eventually, and the show must go on you know! For my set I just had to push through not being able to hear myself or even the band at times, and just pretend everything was ok and put on a show. It was still A LOT of fun but definitely an interesting experience.


What are some of the most interesting ex or exciting projects you are working on now?

I just got to perform back in my hometown Cincinnati, OH for the very first time at this biiig Labor Day concert that the radio station I grew up listening too, Kiss 107.1, put on. It was such a great experience and a pleasure to be able to perform next to the other artists on the line up, like Madison Beer, Loote, and Arkells. I’ve never had as much fun on stage before. It brought everything kind of full circle for me. All my family and friends came out to support me which was so touching. I was excited for them to see me live, and see everything I’ve been working on since I moved out to LA.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of people whom I find interesting, as well as talented, and who I also look up too. My vocal coach, Roger Love, is extraordinary. He’s really helped me smooth the transition of my voice going from chest to middle and to head. I had the pleasure of working with DJ/producer, CMC$, only communicating via email and text, since he lives in Amsterdam. That was my first time working with someone not based in LA. He came to LA after we had finished the song we did together, so we met for the first time and I took him to a bar in LA called ‘No Vacancy’, and made sure he tried ‘In N Out’ after. I’ve had some other interesting interactions out in LA, at parties and such, but this may not be the time or place to share with you. (: hehe

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

Musician wise, growing up I was influenced by female powerhouses like Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys, but also great performers like Madonna and MJ. Putting on a good show is so important to me. I’ve always appreciated talented vocalists since I was classically trained, and I loveee a good run. I’m currently inspired by Elley Duhé sweet and sensual sound and bülow’s story telling that I can really relate to at the moment.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I haven’t had a tremendous amount of financial success yet, but I’m thrilled that hundreds of thousands of people have listened to the music I’ve released to date and it makes them happy. Through my music and as I’ve stated in other interviews, I like to empower women to be independent and strong and to pursue their dreams, because women are capable of anything they set their minds too. I just want to put as much positivity out in the universe and give as much as I can to help the younger generation follow their dreams.


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. 🙂

My parents have always been involved in giving back to the community and charity organizations. They started one of their own when my brother died of SIDS, that gave scholarships to students to be able to go to college. I’d love to have my own one day to help those who are less fortunate. I used to volunteer at The Boys and Girls Club back where I’m from in Cincinnati, Ohio and I really loved the community there. I’d love to start something like that, that would benefit children.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Firstly, you have to know that it’s not going to happen over night. It’s going to take time… they say 5 years, but it could take 10, 20.. Surround yourself with people you look up too, and that support you. The biggest “no no” is surrounding yourself with people who put you down and aren’t as driven, because they’ll hold you back. Also, get involved in not just one aspect of the industry. I write for other artists as well. There’s a lot you can do as well as pursue your career as an artist. Keep learning. You also can’t let rejection get to you. Whenever I audition for a role in a show or movie, whatever it may be, I go in and do my best work and if I don’t get it, I move on. You just have to keep pushing and fighting to make your dream come true, and know that it will get tough. Make rejection your motivation.

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. Do not compare yourself to everyone else. With social media these days, it’s hard to not want to compare yourself to everyone, and to not be like “oh I need to do this or look like this for it to work”. Don’t worry about people liking you or not because the more you are your authentic self, you’ll attract people who will like you.
  2. Always trust your instinct. You will have people in your career tell you what to release first, if you should do this gig or not, etc. so just always make sure it’s what you want to do.
  3. There are a lot of people who want to take advantage of you in this business and I wish someone told me how to figure out the right way to determine who the best people are to surround myself with. I’m very happy with the team I have now.
  4. Don’t just trust what people tell you. Verify. Investigate. Verify!!! I’m a trusting person and it’s hard to not want to be nice and think the best of people, but you need to investigate everyone, no matter what. Protect yourself and your brand.
  5. While the journey is challenging, try not to overthink everything (like me) and HAVE FUN!!!!!


I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. 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 just might see this, especially if we tag them 🙂

Well aren’t you sweet! I mean there are a lot of people I’d love to have a conversation with.. all for different reasons and I’m sure I’d get different answers, all which would benefit me as an artist and as a person. One person would be Alicia Keys. I’m not sure if she has social media, but I’d love to ask her about the journey she’s had in the entertainment business. She’s someone who has been around for many years, is someone I look up to as a person, and is extremely gifted. I’d love to know any advice she has for me as someone who is just breaking into the business. From interviews I’ve watched to performances, she seems to be a very strong woman who has worked so hard. I’d love to ask her just about life in general, as well how to stay true to yourself and your beliefs in all the craziness that this business can bring. I feel like I could learn a lot from a conversation with her.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

You can follow me everywhere (IG, FB, Twitter) @jennymarchmusic


and my snap is @marchjen

Originally published at medium.com

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