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2020 and Empowerment with Natalie Otto

We had the pleasure of spending some Q&A time with the lovely Natalie Otto! Check out her sights and sounds here! On finding her authentic voice with music...

It's taken nearly forty years to find my footing in this world. And, there are still days where I question if what I'm doing makes sense. It wasn't until two years ago when I picked up a guitar, that I began to find my voice with music. Well, truth be told, I was given guitar lessons as a birthday present from my husband, and that's how my re-connection with music started. But who's keeping score?!

I had heard once that you only need to know three chords on a guitar to be able to make a song, and since I already knew some of the most basic chords, I thought, why don't I give it a shot? What's the worst that could happen?

I started writing about things that had happened during my adolescence and also about things that were currently going on with me. And here we are! Who knew I would find my way into a therapy session by letting my thoughts spill out on paper and into something someone could sing along to! Ironically, we've all got a connection in one way or another; and it's finding that unique way of expressing it that makes someone go, "Oh, yeah! I know exactly what you're talking about!" People aren't looking for you to mimic what's already been done. I actually think being unique and honest makes you more relatable.

On women empowerment and new strides in 2020...

I was very lucky to have been raised by parents who always told me I could do whatever I put my mind to doing. It didn't matter if I was a girl. Having that empowerment instilled in me at a very young age has helped me push through insecurities that we, as females, carry on our shoulders. There's always going to be someone who can do it better and faster than you can. That's just reality. The question becomes more introspective: am I proud of myself for the effort I put in and moves away from the comparison to others. I get it - it's hard to do!

I have three daughters that I hope I'm instilling the same sense of empowerment my parents instilled in me. It's heartbreaking to hear some of the stories they share about how mean girls can be. To be honest, it happened when I was growing up, too, but I think it's gotten worse through the use of social media. It's really our generation's responsibility to break the cycle and teach these girls that there's a place for all of us in this world and that there's no room for bullying, body shaming and name calling. I firmly believe that all the energy used to knock down women would serve us all better if we put it toward building each other up and not tearing each other down. Can you imagine how much girl power that would create?! That's what I'm teaching my girls!

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