We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire Hinkle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Claire, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I grew up in a super creative household. My dad is a musician and artist. His art is all over my childhood home and I would hear his music on a daily basis. I didn’t think I’d really pursue music as a career though until this past year. I mean, it was always a goal, but it just seemed far fetched. I moved back from NYC in May of this year and within a month or two it was clear I either needed to get a job or really push this whole music thing. I did NOT want to rely on a 9 to 5. So I just pushed all the pride and embarrassment and ego aside, and started nagging at every working musician I had contact information for. Those people put me in contact with booking agents and venue owners. Once I got the ball rolling, I just haven’t let it stop. I had a lot of previous notions about success and what that meant, but right now success for me means not hating what I do. Being in a creative field is genuinely very challenging. Especially when you’re just trying to get a response back from a venue. Or trying to work out when you’ll get paid. Or budgeting for a dry month. But it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve done so far. You get to connect with so many people you normally wouldn’t connect with.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a musician and singer-songwriter. I play solo as well as with my band (Tiny Giants). I’m most excited to see what the future holds. I never thought I’d be able to support myself on music. And it hasn’t been easy, but nothing worth doing is easy. If you want something, don’t be afraid to ask for it. That’s what I’ve learned. The worst response is “no” and all “no” means is “not right now.” Another thing, people will tear you down and put their all into it, so you don’t need to tear yourself down. Keep pushing. That’s what I would tell younger me, at least. My “brand” is about vulnerability and feeling your feelings. I love to create loud, outspoken art. I love to take on a stage persona that can move and express freely without fear.

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?
Live music in Ft Worth!! Cmon now!!

Oscar’s pub
Central Market

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My dad is the whole reason I’m in the local music scene. He’s a musician and his support and his own art has always inspired me.

My mom is the reason I was able to pursue music school in New York. Her support has allowed me the freedom to explore my voice and art without stress.

My band, Tiny Giants, has brought a new life to my originals.

My friends have always supported my music.

My boyfriend has unknowingly shown me how important discipline and responsibility is. I wouldn’t be working this hard without his influence in my life. He’s also a musician and a fantastic songwriter. His art inspires my art.

Instagram: @clairehinklesmells / @tinygiantssuck

Image Credits
Chloe Barney

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