Rising Music Star Mikey See: “Why we need to STOP, DROP and ROLL over bullying”

If I could inspire a movement it would probably be to educate people on the effects of bullying “STOP, DROP and ROLL” over bullying. Continue to teach people the seriousness of the act of bullying and the damage it causes. Some people young and old feel the only way out is to commit suicide and, […]

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If I could inspire a movement it would probably be to educate people on the effects of bullying “STOP, DROP and ROLL” over bullying. Continue to teach people the seriousness of the act of bullying and the damage it causes. Some people young and old feel the only way out is to commit suicide and, that not only affects the victim but their family and friends as well.

As a part of my series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Mikey See. Over a fresh, sensual groove and a chill ambient flow, the emerging, Long Island bred, L.A. based singer/songwriter sings: “The feeling so strong/It’s taking me home/It’s hard to move on/This is where I belong…” It’s a beautiful, romantic declaration of passion, but beyond that, in a larger sense, it’s Mikey’s declaration to the world that he’s overcome his painful youth, come to terms with his personal identity and embraced his destiny as a multi-faceted artist committed to helping and healing others with music and humanitarian endeavors. Mikey recently shot promotional videos for “Love My Body” and “Don’t Wait” at locations throughout his new home of Los Angeles. All of the buzz and activity surrounding Mikey’s emergence as an indie artist seemed a long way off when the bullying started back in grade school. It was hard to see an eventual blessing coming from being a short kid struggling with his sexual identity growing up on Long Island. Sensing there was something different about a boy whose closest friends were girls, the kids tormented him so severely that he often wound up eating lunch with the school principal or school nurse. By sixth grade, it had gotten so bad that he began being homeschooled — and every time he made the determination to return to regular school at the beginning of the year in September, he was met with teasing words that made him want to hightail it right back home. Music was Mikey’s salvation, the way to deal with the pain of his social phobia and struggles with his perceived shortcomings. While he was a fan of great male artists like Michael Buble and Michael Jackson, he was really all about the divas — some from his generation (Britney and Beyonce) and others from his parents’ (Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston). He would dance with his younger sister and best friend Juju and starting at the age of 12, would sing on the patio deck in the backyard and out in the shed (“great acoustics”) when he thought no one was watching. When his parents caught him singing “I Will Always Love You,” they knew their son had a great musical gift and have done everything to encourage his talents and dreams. After the painful breakup that inspired Mikey, in a hotel room on a trip to Jersey, to pour out the music and lyrics to “”Don’t Wait” in 30 minutes

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, NY, with my parents and sister. We are a very close-knit family, and family has always been very important to me. What some people may not know is that I was homeschooled for most of my life growing up.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

As I mentioned, I was homeschooled and the reason for that was because I had been bullied. As a result of the constant bullying in school, I developed, and suffered from depression. While spending my time learning at home, I found music and music became my savior.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

Well yes, I do have a story a rather bizarre story. I moved to California to pursue my career. My parents found me an apartment in a complex LA. I was only there a very short time before I realized that there was a homeless man squatting in the complex. One evening, my friends and I were watching a movie and all of a sudden there was a loud banging on my front door. I went to look and saw this guy who was enraged kicking and banging, yelling profound language, saying he wanted to kill me. He then proceeded to break my kitchen window. I told him I had called the police and that they were on their way; he replied, “I‘ll be back to slit your throat!” When the police arrived, we came to find out he was in fact homeless and was living on the rooftop across from my apartment where he was able to watch and see my every move. The police said they had tried several times to catch him, but have been unsuccessful. They said he is fast like a ninja, lol.

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?

While I was performing at one of my shows, I thought it would be a good idea to jump from one part of the stage to the other, well that didn’t go as planned! I missed and fell. So, the lesson that I learned was not to jump from stage to stage for dramatic effects. It wasn’t really funny at the time, but now I am able to look back and laugh about it.

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

Right now, I’ve released two new singles “IN MY BRAIN“ and “LIKE COLA”. I am also on my way to Brazil to open for Akon on October 26th and, following that I have a five-city tour in Florida.

We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in music, film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

Well we live in a world that is diverse. We all are unique in our own way. Just imagine if we were all the same, how boring life would be. We live and learn from listening and watching others. There would be no excitement, no challenges to even better ourselves from not just in Entertainment and the Arts, but in life.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or an example for each.

  • Not everyone is your friend and don’t trust everyone you meet in this business. . I had become close to someone while I was on the road doing shows. We had become more than just colleagues, I wear my heart on my sleeve and was taken advantage of not just for my friendship and time, but financially as well.
  • Be cautious before signing any legal documents and always read the fine print.. Early on in my career when I was first starting out, I had met a man that claimed to be a huge manager in the industry and it turned out that he was a fraud and filled with empty promises. We had lost money out of pocket, but thankfully in the long run we were not locked into a set term/contract.
  • Don’t stress things usually work out. It takes more energy to be angry and get stressed than to just relax and move forward. Whatever it is, it is, so just breathe and move on!

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

Stay healthy… it’s ok to give yourself permission to rest and take time for yourself.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire 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. 🙂

If I could inspire a movement it would probably be to educate people on the effects of bullying “STOP, DROP and ROLL” over bullying. Continue to teach people the seriousness of the act of bullying and the damage it causes. Some people young and old feel the only way out is to commit suicide and, that not only affects the victim but their family and friends as well.

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?

I am so grateful for my family, they have always been my biggest supporters emotionally and financially. I don’t know where I would be without them.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

If there is one thing in life, I’ve learned through my trials and tribulations is don’t be afraid of being you. Be the best at being who you are.

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 just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

I just adore Billie Eilish, she is so young but her experience . . . it seems like she is far more mature than her years and her talent is exceptional! She has seems like such an old soul and that vibe that she gives off to her audience and fans is something that I appreciate and aspire to do for my fans as well!

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Spotify: Mikey See

Facebook: I Am Mikey See

Instagram: @IAmMikeySee

YouTube: Mikey See

Twitter: @IAmMikeySee

This was very meaningful, thank you so much!

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