Rising Star Ingrid Gerdes: “The value expectation for music in our current culture is really negative, and I’d like to help shift people’s perspectives on how to support the arts, and why it’s important.”

I do plan to foster a movement of sorts through spreading value creation for the arts through events and community engagement. I think for music especially, the value expectation in our current culture is really negative, and I’d like to open up that conversation to help shift people’s perspectives on how to support the arts, and why it’s important.
On a personal side, I’d love to start a moment of authentic living. Not trying to be anyone but yourself- I get so sad seeing people fall into this trap and it only causes a feeling of distance and ultimately will never end up in happiness. Don’t conform to what you think you need to be, ask yourself what you really want, then GO, DO that. Forget everything you’ve been told, question everything, and think for yourself!

I had the pleasure of interviewing: Ingrid Gerdes. Originally from the Ozarks, Ingrid is a Boston based Soul-Blues musician and recording artist, actor, dancer, fitness instructor and voice over artist. Currently finishing her MBA in Music Business with plans to establish a Blues music festival and expand her voice over production company. She fronts several bands which tour internationally and across the United States.


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

I don’t really think of it as a choice in many ways, I simply know I’m a “creative,” and this is what I’m meant to do in this world. I’ve known this is who I am since age three, at least, and will always follow my instincts to create and give back in any way I can.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

Oh lordy, there isn’t enough time! Every day is interesting! Many people may think my life is hard to relate to because I am involved in so many things, but to me they are really all the same thing. I will say I never foresaw myself being so engaged in the gaming industry through my work with the Video Game Orchestra, a band I work with, or choosing to pursue my MBA, so in a way that was surprising to not only me but I’m sure a lot of folks!

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?

Embarrassing stories are my favorite and I technically have a lot of them, but I don’t actually get embarrassed easily. I made the typical mistake of misunderstanding wanting a career in the arts with “fame,” at an early age. I realized this error at about age 18 when I was dealing with some shady recording labels at the time. I just had a big aha that I wanted my life to be MY life, on my terms, and it changed my perspective about the industry and my involvement with it from then on.

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

I am extremely honored and proud to be on the leadership board for Women In Music’s Boston chapter (a Global Non-profit Organization). We are doing a lot of exciting work with the music and entertainment community and are trying to foster equality and engagement for our local scene as well as globally.

I am also very enthused about the idea of starting a Blues music festival. I LOVE the Blues and want to expose this gritty, no B.S genre to more people as well as drive some value back into the art form from a societal level.

Coming up in the next year I also plan to start work on my 4th original studio album, which may (ehum), pull heavily from Folk music…eek!

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

I plead the fifth on this one mostly- I have some good stories though!

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

Take time to rest and don’t give into the burning push from the world to constantly create. I think that feeling of necessity really taps people out, and can take away the true source of art, thus decreasing the end product’s authenticity and value.

I also think it’s important to diversify yourself with interests that help drive your creativity. For example, obviously I am not only surrounded by music all day every day, but also foster my creativity trough activity, dance and other arts. I highly recommend hobbies!

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 do plan to foster a movement of sorts through spreading value creation for the arts through events and community engagement. I think for music especially, the value expectation in our current culture is really negative, and I’d like to open up that conversation to help shift people’s perspectives on how to support the arts, and why it’s important.

On a personal side, I’d love to start a moment of authentic living. Not trying to be anyone but yourself- I get so sad seeing people fall into this trap and it only causes a feeling of distance and ultimately will never end up in happiness. Don’t conform to what you think you need to be, ask yourself what you really want, then GO, DO that. Forget everything you’ve been told, question everything, and think for yourself!

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

I live for metaphors and personal insights, so I’ll try and restrict myself and just say, ask yourself what really matters and then let that guide every decision in your life and career. Remember, if you can’t take it with you when you die- it probably doesn’t matter that much, you know?

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?

Well, I want to thank my parents here for their lifetime of support. I see so many examples of folks who didn’t pursue whatever it was their heart wanted because they didn’t have support along the way, in one form or another. I know how extremely fortunate I was to have this. They allowed me to be who I was and believe in myself, and NEVER discouraged me. Also, a big shout out to all the teachers out there who gave me knowledge and helped me develop my skills. That really is the ultimate gift. I will always be grateful for that!

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. :-)

Ok, well… Oprah, Elon Musk and Bonnie Raitt I’m available for lunch anytime!

How can our readers follow you on social media?

All the ways! My website is under construction but will be back shortly. I am on all the channels but most active with my Instagram page, you are welcome to come along on my journey with me!

https://www.instagram.com/ingridlgerdes/

www.IngridGerdes.com

https://www.facebook.com/IngridGerdesMusic/

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!