5 Questions with Elle Varner
Social as an empowerment tool
Musician Elle Varner is no stranger to hard work. Not only does she play the acoustic guitar, she also produces and writes music. The Bridge recently sat down with the multi-talented performer to talk about the role tech plays in creating and sharing her music.
Who are you?
I am a singer, songwriter, producer. I am a woman, a black woman, a sister, a daughter, a friend. I just love life and I love music. That is me.
What do you know to be true about success in entertainment?
Practice is more important than talent, than luck, than anything. I am a big believer in the universe and manifesting things. When you put in the hours to practice you are telling the universe how bad you want whatever it is you are practicing.
How has technology changed the way that you create and share music?
Technology has really made me able to create on the go. I have my laptop. I have Logic. I make beats on the plane. I do everything on my little computer or my phone. It really helps in that aspect to just be able to take something from an idea to an actual product and you can just put it right out there.
What do you want young people to understand about the power and impact of social media?
Overall, I hope as a culture we can be a little bit kinder to one other on social media. Not be so quick to just say whatever you are thinking because it goes there and stays there forever. It is not just a comment that someone hears and walks away. They see it, read it and it has weight. We can't act like its nothing. So, let's use our social media to uplift people, empower people.
How do you keep it professional on social media?
Maybe I am upset about something, maybe I am going through something, [so] I might stay off for a couple days. I might not say anything because it goes back to the old saying if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. I won't want to get on there and start complaining and venting and doing all this stuff, even though I really want to. You've got to take professional and your personal things and separate them.
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*Responses edited for clarity and length.