We had the good fortune of connecting with Sadie Azersky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sadie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I wanted to pursue a creative career because it felt like something I was meant to do. It truly brings me so much joy to write music, and collaborate with other artists, and I absolutely love the feeling I get when I’m watching either a performance or short film I’ve written music to. There’s such a sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing that I created something to help elevate someone else’s art. Getting to be creative everyday opens up opportunities to come up with new ideas to make changes in the music industry, which I think is really cool.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an Arizona-based composer and pianist, and I’m studying at Arizona State University in the Popular Music program. I am still trying to get myself further along professionally, but for the last couple of years I have been building my portfolio with original compositions written for film and dance. I am hoping to keep building that portfolio, while also working on my own personal releases. I am currently working on my debut album titled “Luna” which I am planning to release in 2023. My journey has not been easy so far! I have worked hard to make connections with film and dance students at ASU, and to create pieces that I am proud of. It has taken a lot of focus and communication with the people I have worked with. I have also experienced a lot of feelings of self-doubt and anxiety, and am still experiencing that to an extent, but I’ve been working through it by trying to instill more balance in my life! I anticipate learning a lot about the music industry and myself as an artist in the coming years, and I’m excited to absorb everything I can. Something I’d want the world to know about my story is that I haven’t done all of this alone. I owe a lot to my mentors, friends and family for their support, and I’ve learned that it’s okay to reach out for help when you need it!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had my best friend visiting me in Phoenix for a week, I’d mostly show them all the cool spots to see live music, and a few of my favorite restaurants in the area. I’d definitely take them to Taco Chelo on Roosevelt, I’m obsessed with the tacos there! I’d also try and take them to see music at The Nash, and maybe a show at either The Crescent Ballroom or the Van Buren. I’d also take them to Tempe Marketplace during the weekend to see some live music, and be able to shop and get something to eat. Another thing I really enjoy doing is walking up the mountain next to the ASU Tempe Campus at night, the view is so pretty up there. It would be a great place to show my friend a cool view of the city!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my family! I feel so lucky to be supported while pursuing a career with a lot of unknowns. They make me feel like I can do anything that I set my mind to, and they have helped me through many periods of feeling overwhelmed and doubtful. I truly don’t know where I’d be without them!
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