We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca May and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, why did you pursue a creative career?
Throughout my entire life I’ve been surrounded by music and the arts. Growing up I would listen to my grandpa sing at all our family holidays and seeing the success he was able to amass over his lifetime truly inspired me to go for my dreams as well. It wasn’t until my dad put me into guitar lessons that I truly felt music was something I could pursue as a career. The moment I wrote my first song was the moment I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. However, I never imagined at 8 years old that I would actually have a chance. Songwriting is my biggest reason for pursuing a creative career, because I’m able to express myself in ways I otherwise find challenging while also being able to be a sort of comfort to others listening going through similar experiences.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Despite there being thousands of songwriters all over the world; it’s my lyrics that I take the most pride in and find it sets me apart from most everyone else in music. Even though people compare my songwriting to other artists such as Taylor Swift or Olivia Rodrigo, which is insane in itself, each song I write is a personal anecdote of my life that only I’ve experienced. I’m able to fully make my music my own through the lyrics I write, and through posting my original songs as often as possible I was able to grow a decent following of people who enjoyed what I sang about and eventually led to me landing my first gig. I’d be lying however, if I said it was anywhere near easy. I myself doubted my skillset and talents, or if I even had what it takes to amount to any kind of success in the creative industry/music industry. Along with being surrounded by a few friends who never truly supported me and instead would criticize every little thing about the videos I posted, it was challenging pushing through and continuing on with my craft in the public eye. However, because of that scrutiny and pressure of being good enough, I’m now able to handle criticism with a much better attitude, turning it into something constructive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If there’s one thing I’m sure of about San Antonio, it’s the rich and beautiful culture all throughout it. The first stop I would take anyone is Market Square, where everything from food to clothes and even little souvenirs that are nice to put around any home are filled from corner to corner. The River Walk is of course a must see, not even just for the river itself but for the beautiful restaurants all around. The Brick is another place to visit that I absolutely love. With events going on almost everyday, it’s always fun browsing through the artwork or local businesses, as well as listening to local artists perform. If there’s one place I have to recommend to eat at, it’s The Cove, where their sweet potato fries are my go to order, and my mom swears by their fish tacos. Seeing as I live closer to the Northside area, by a smaller town, going out to explore Old Town Helotes is another activity I would check out. It’s a small little town, but it has so many cute spots to take pictures and just hang out, as well as a nice café and bakery, along with a few restaurants. The Pearl is a beautiful place to go when the weather is nice, and my favorite spot is Bakery Loraine, whose Cuban Sandwich and Blueberry Scones are unbelievably good. Lastly, La Cantera is another favorite spot of mine to casually hang out with friends, seeing as it’s an outdoor mall, you can more less avoid the usual crowding other malls tend to have.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If it were not for my parents I don’t think I’d be on the same path I am now. As inspirational as my grandfather is to me, had my dad not put me in guitar lessons and my mom motivated me to sing in front of people I would not have actually pursued my dreams. Along with my parents, the San Antonio community has been nothing but kind to me, from BigVibesArtHouse, to SA Creatives, and San Antonio Sound Garden. They have all given me the incredible opportunities to perform around the city, grow my following and meet incredible local artists, and for that I am forever grateful.
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