As a performing musician, you are expected to give your all under any circumstance. This obstacle falls under the topic of mental health, which is not often discussed openly in the music industry. We spoke with musician Hale as she tells us about her journey through taking care of herself first while navigating her career as a musician. Juggling both can be a challenge, however, we learn through Hale's experiences and self-care practices to incorporate committing to ourselves just as much as we commit to our passions.
Tell us about your musical journey and where it has led you to today.
I started playing the guitar when I was 6 and that really allowed for me to express myself in a way that I never really thought was possible. I didn't really think that I would be pursuing music as a career until I was fifteen or sixteen, I had a moment where I realized that music was a thing that I was not only in love with but I wanted it to be my entire life.
How would you describe your music and fashion style?
I think that I'm a super consciously laid back person. I put a lot of thought into the things that I wear, and I care about comfort/fit but don't ever seem to be wearing things that scream out any specific style, and I hope my music reflects in that way as well. I call myself an Aaliyah-Norah Jones love child because there are many moments where it would be easy to feel that they juxtapose one another, but they both morph into so many different styles and ultimately represent similar moods or ideas.
You seem to have a love for skincare. What are some of your favorite products that you use religiously?
Yes! Skincare is by far my biggest obsession, I think my holy grail right now is the beauty water by Son and Park, as well as my pigmentation routine from The Ordinary. I also think it's absolutely necessary that you own both a body scrub and rosehip oil, especially in the winter it is so important not only that you retain glow but you retain moisture in your skin!
How important is it to put yourself and your health first? What are some ways you exercise self-care?
Health absolutely must come first for me. Physical and mental health are extremely important to me and I spend a lot of time really making sure that I am capable of going on stage and giving a show 100% because sometimes you just can’t. I use a variety of grounding techniques and I am a huge advocate for CBD oil but my biggest thing is rest and sleep! I think a lot of famous people or influencers put out this notion of "I'll sleep when I'm dead," when in reality if you're not at 100% your art won't be either. Take time for yourself and value your sleep! Don’t sleep when you’re dead sleep whenever you can.
What advice would you share with someone looking to stay motivated and maintain a work/life balance?
I think my biggest piece of advice is really to listen to your heart, and don't waste time doing something that you can't be completely motivated to, that doesn't mean you can't both go to college and have a music career, but it means don't waste your money in college if you don’t ever go to classes because you’re too busy focusing on your music. I think it's also important that you take time for yourself and as much as you commit to your work and your career, commit to yourself and your own passions.
How do you organize your thoughts in order to bring all of your creative ideas to life?
I spend a lot of time journaling and writing down different snippets of my life and I find it really important to just jump into things, take risks and be able to find out that something doesn't work early on, you don't want to find out that you've been holding back something amazing. Don't be the thing that stops yourself from achieving. Also, speak to your friends! My roommate has listened to countless hours of me playing music and playing her my music because hearing what she has to say helps me get organized and realize what I care about and what I think is interesting and important.
Your collaboration with Billie is so inspiring as it reveals and accepts the carefreeness of women. What did you learn from this experience?
My experience with Billie was absolutely amazing and I'm so lucky to have been chosen to be a part of the whole project. I think the Billie campaign really reminded me that actively speaking out about things that are important to you is vital. Seeing myself in Times Square was an experience that I had never even thought was possible, but then I realized that my image in Times Square was also a moment when young girls of color also got to see someone who looks like them.
Tell us about The Concept and what it was like working in such a collaborative setting?
Concept is family to me, and Sarah and Michi have really put a lot of my career into perspective for me, I think I have always believed in myself but in a way differently than they believe in me, they see something in me and are working their as*es off to bring it to fruition which really kicked me into shape. Working with them was really the first time I had a moment like “holy sh*t I can really do this.”
What are three hidden gems in New York, NY?
The Russian and Turkish baths on E 10th Street are absolutely life-changing, and everyone should go at least once in their lives.
Nom Wah Tea Parlour isn’t really a hidden gem but should definitely be mentioned as the best dim sum place.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park is also not a hidden gem but its an amazing place for hanging with someone or being alone, or just experiencing the city like you did the first time, all over again.
Listen to Hale's latest single Six Missed Calls below!