The Writer Behind All These Posts
Hey everyone! Sereena here with the Lifestyles of the Crawl of Famers blog! This will be the fourth week our new blog has been in existence and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the feedback we have been getting from you guys! Since we’ve really been loving the community and topics covered, we thought it would be cool to actually introduce the person behind all the posting and writing, which is little old me…lol!
So, hi everyone! My name is Sereena Barga and I, like almost everyone else in Nashville, am not from Nashville. I come from a small farm town in Ohio known as Greenville. With a population of about 15,000, it is pretty easy to run into people you know at our local coffee shop. I loved my hometown, but after college I wanted to spread my wings and try my hand at living in a big city.
I obtained my degree in Public Relations and Finance back in 2014. Throughout college, I was making music and performing shows. As a singer and songwriter, I have always had a love and passion for music. I thought, what better city to move to than Music City, USA?! In August of 2014, that’s exactly what I did. Without knowing a single soul and maybe $2,000 in my bank account, I packed my bags, broke up with my college boyfriend, shined up my guitar and drove down to Nashville, Tennessee to start my new life as an aspiring artist.
Nashville is an interesting city to say the least. I could go on and on about my life here but I would have to write chapters upon chapters to explain everything. August of this summer will be my fifth year living in this beautiful city and I feel I’m FINALLY starting to get the hang of it. It’s not what everyone thinks it is. That whole idea of aspiring musicians moving to Nashville and playing anywhere and everywhere in hopes of getting “discovered” is typically the vibe I get from outsiders. I was guilty of this assumption too at first.
Yes, there’s the famous Broadway where you can find talent on top of talent at any bar you go to. You can request any song your heart desires and the band will most likely know how to play it (for a good tip of course). There’s also East Nashville where you can discover eclectic music venues like Basement East and the 5 Spot that have been known for hosting up-and-coming artists (that play their own original music). There’s the Mercy Lounge, Cannery Row, The High Watt, The Back Corner and so on and so forth. The list goes on and on for artists to get their music out to the public.
So why am I just now starting to get the hang of Nashville after over four years of living here? Well, this city has so much to offer and so many amazing people to meet, but like anything else, if you’re not driven, you’re not going to “make it”. If you aren’t focused on the goal in mind and don’t have a strategy in place to get to that point, Nashville is going to eat you alive (like most other cities too I suppose). For me working to have a full-time career in music, I have experienced a lot of talkers and no doers, if you know what I mean. A lot of people like to fluff themselves up saying they know this person and that person that could help you get the music out to more peeps. I believed some of these people and was highly disappointed when nothing happened. I got discouraged after the first couple of months living here (that’s not long at all so me being discouraged was ridiculous, but I was young) so I decided to put music on the shelf as a weekend project and obtain an actual job with salary and benefits.
I did that for three years working as a publicist for other artists across the country. Fun job but not rewarding in the least. I hated it and wanted to get out so badly but didn’t know what else to do. I was still making music on the side and performing here and there but was too afraid to try it again full-time. I was always the happiest performing on stage and I knew it was what I was suppose to be doing with my life…I was just scared.
So after over three years of the corporate world, I had finally had enough. This past April, I quit my day job, picked up a weekend bartending job (I work at Bootleggers Inn on Broadway - come see me), got my yoga certification to teach, started doing freelance graphic design, blogging (how I got this amazing job to write for the Crawl-of-Fame) and then began making music again as a full-time thing, only this time I was serious.
It’s been a whirlwind guys. It’s crazy what things can happen when you actually believe in yourself. When you’re positive and loving and sincere and confident in yourself and to others, doors begin to open for you! I’ve met so many amazing people throughout the process of making music, teaching yoga and working with clients on freelance stuff. And the only reason I have been able to meet these people and do all this is because my mind was open to it. If you were to ask me if I would be open to doing all this a year ago, I would have said no way. I didn’t want to meet new people-I was happy with my friend group and didn’t see the importance of meeting new people and trying new things.
When Alex (the founder of Crawl-of-Fame) asked me to write a post about myself, I was a little nervous to do it. I didn’t know what angle to approach it in. Do I talk about my career, my goals, Nashville, this blog? After an hour of chicken scratches and outlining, I decided to approach this as an inspiration post for anyone reading. My life has been changed ever since I made the choice to do what I wanted to do with my life. Ever since I took the initiative to take a risk and chase my goal (I say goal over dream because I actually have steps to achieve it versus just dreaming of it), I’ve been happier and more at peace with where I’m at in life! Sure, I don’t have the same amount of money I had with my corporate job and at times it is more of a struggle, BUT I don’t regret any of my choices. My quality of life is beautiful and I’m happier living out my purpose.
Dare to live instead of living to die. Step outside of your comfort zone and friend group to meet someone new!! That’s what life is all about. We are all connected on this planet and can’t go anywhere else. It is amazing what a stranger can teach you and vice-versa. I would love to meet you sometime at Bootlegger’s Inn or one of my shows ;). Alex and I are sincerely grateful for you taking the time to follow us on this blog, our socials and/or even just booking a trip to see Nashville! Connect with us when you’re here! We’d love to show you around.