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Where are they Now? Stephy Bee explains

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While many people dream of the fame and fortune of being a successful musician, the reality can differ a lot, especially being a musician in the HMI. Many moderately successful artists still have to work other jobs to keep themselves afloat. However, sometimes you have to completely remove yourself from the HMI to set yourself for a successful career in other fields.  Some musicians  had alternate careers before, during or after they ventured into the HMI. Some pursued other work for the money, some for the passion. Some, seemingly, just because they were bored. We sat down with Stephy Bee who explained to us why she chose to drop her musical ambition into something totally different.
HB- I know music can be addictive, how did you make the transition on giving on something that you were so passionate about?
 SB- The decision to stop performing was unchallenging; the transition, however, was painful. You don't just walk away from something you love and expect it to be trouble-free. 
 HB- At what point did you realize, you had to make a transition?
 SB- I give 110 percent of myself in everything I do. With that said, music took a lot out of me. I was working full time, in school full time and performing almost every weekend (without counting rehearsal and studio sessions). I strongly believe that if you're doing too many things at once, you will never master anything. So I had to step down from the least profitable venture at the time. 
 HB- Why did you pick a career in healthcare, was that what you always wanted to do beside music?
SB- I love music wholeheartedly. I love writing/creating/recording. I enjoy performing, and I love interacting with my supporters. I grew up around music, my dad played instruments and he was a traveling DJ as well. So it was only right I assumed music would be a great career path for me. 
 I also have a deep love for people. I am a servant at heart, and I'm always looking for ways to serve others and to make a difference in their lives. Healthcare gives me that platform where I meet people during the most vulnerable and scariest times of their lives, and impact them positively. Nothing gives me greater joy. 
 HB- Was it a hard transition? Did you ever hesitate and wanted to go back to music?
SB-  It was definitely hard; and I still find myself thinking about it to this day. But whether I do it again or not remains a mystery. Ha! 
 HB-Now that you have established yourself with a career in healthcare, do you still think about doing music as a pastime?
 SB- I'm an entrepreneur; so everything has to make sense on paper. I invested a lot in my music (studio time, tracks, musicians for live performances, music videos, branding, and so on), because I don't believe in mediocrity. It’s either I'm all in or all out.  Doing it as a hobby? Sure, if it won't cost me anything, why not?
 HB- Dating as an artist vs dating as a health care professional, what's the difference?
 SB- Haha, that one caught me off guard. I never dated as an artist actually. Therefore a comparison here is invalid. 
 HB- Are you single, and why?
 SB- Married to medicine for now. 
 HB- What is your ideal man?
 SB- God fearing, family oriented, loving, selfless, ambitious, GOAL-digger, patient, supportive, understanding, and forgiving. Someone who operates with grace, and who’s not afraid to lead a strong, educated & financially independent woman. 
 HB- Are you the type who would make the move if you see a guy you like?
 SB- Contrary to popular belief, I am an introvert. So I can't say I would make a first move. But never say never. 
 HB- I know you love to travel, what is your dream destination?
 SB- Bali and Greece. 
 HB- You seem to be involved in your community, by giving back...what are some ways, you have given back to your community?
 SB- Four years ago, I wanted to feed 10 homeless people on Thanksgiving; and I ended up feeding 50 people. It was such a life changing experience, I decided to do it annually and got other people involved. Last year, we fed over 200 people and gave out 150 care packages. This year will be our 4th annual outreach and I'm excited to see how many lives will be touched. Hopefully your team can partner with us this year. 
 I would love it if you can join us on Instagram @fthoutreach (Feed The Homeless Outreach). There you can see past events and keep up with future ones. 
 HB- What advise would you give to an upcoming female artist striving to make it in the HMI?
 SB- 1. Do NOT treat music (your talent) like a hobby; it is work. Be prepared for long hours in the studio, rehearsals, vocal lessons, marketing and such. Because as a woman in a male-dominated industry, you will have to prove yourself. Have a team that will represent you so no one has easy access to you. Be kind to your fans, they are ultimately the reason for your success (I still have people asking me to return). 
2. Be different!
3. Lastly, as with any other business, you have to be able to pay yourself. Unless you can afford to work for 'exposure', which is what a lot of these promoters/event planners offer to new artists. 
 HB- What is your overall impression of the HMI?
 SB- I love our music, I love our culture; therefore I have love for the HMI. But there’s a lot of growth that needs to take place within the industry. Artists are getting older but refuse to mentor and push the next generation. It’s always the same faces on every bill. So what happens to our industry when these older folks retire? (Unless they can’t afford to retire). I would love to see more record labels signing artists, and allow them to be artists (I know I could have accomplished much more in my short time in the HMI, if I was not taking care of everything else). A special thanks to my former manager (Mack) though; he definitely got me, and believed in the vision. 
The HMI also needs to make itself more appealing to female artists. What other music industry do you know of that functions without women? I will wait. And we wonder why our music isn’t global. Women drive the success of every music industry, and until the men running the HMI can understand that, progress will remain a myth. 
HB- 3 of your biggest mistakes?
SB- 1. Not letting a special person know I loved and forgave him before his passing
2. Meaningless relationships 
3. Not pursuing financial freedom much earlier than I did
HB-Tell me something no one knows about you?
 SB- Now if I tell you, then everyone will know. 
HB- Final thoughts?
 SB- I appreciate you checking in with me; it has been a while. I had an amazing time in the HMI but stepping down was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Maybe next time we speak, I will be sending you new music. Who knows?! 
Thank you for your dedication to our music, our culture. 


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