We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristi Judd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristi, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is tricky. I think it’s easy to fall in to a sort of victim mentality when assessing risk, if you aren’t careful to have a solid hold on your mindset. It’s easy to slip in to a wormhole of “what if this bad thing happens to me…that’d be terrible” and “what if this great thing happens to me because I took this risk.. is it worth it?” I think of risk as placing a bet on myself. I really consider the level of confidence I have in myself and the level of drive I have to see a challenging task (or risk) through at 110 percent effort. If I decide the possibilities that are created by taking on a specific challenge are worth the possible sacrifices, I go all in and bet on myself. I’m not focused on what happens TO me. I’m focused on the conscous decision I’m making to see it all the way through and leave absolutely no effort left on the table. So far, placing a bet on myself has never let me down. That’s because of my belief that if you don’t stop, you can’t lose. You just keep on and keep at it with new and better itterations each time, until you arrive at success. It’s the risks I’ve already taken- big and small- that give me the confidence to take more.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I fell in love with music as a small child- it was easy for me to do, because I was immersed in musical atmospheres and I also had a natural gift for singing. As I grew, I gravitated more and more to musical activities and surroundings because I found success and confidence there. One place I really struggled was the classroom. I was diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school and while I didn’t understand exactly what that meant, I did understand that school was harder for me than it seemed to be for my peers. I remember being so frustrated with homework that I’d sit at the kitchen table and just cry, while my older sister zoomed through hers without a worry. Music was my refuge. It seems obvious to me why I created this future for myself. I stuck with my “thing” and worked my butt off to do well enough in all the other stuff to get me to where I needed to be in music. Now I use my talent and life experiences to create a safe and exciting place for kids and adults alike to grow and thrive through music study. I’ve faced a lot of challenges and sorrows in life, but every time, music was there for me. It’s helped me grieve, celebrate, cope, and connect with others. Music is a magical tool which helps us access something higher, better, bigger than ourselves. Music Junkie Studios exists to share that with as many people as we can.
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.
A “must visit” list for any of my friends and family starts with Coopers Barbecue and then a belly-relieving walk around the stockyards. It’s such a uniquely Fort Worth vibe. Another place I love to take people to hang out is Sundance Square. In the day time, we love to watch the littles play in the fountains, and walk around the shops there. And in the evening, the lights are beautiful to see while sipping a coffee or grabbing dessert. Another favorite spot is the Near Southside of Fort Worth. We love to grab some ice cream at Melt, or a chocolate chip cookie at Stir Crazy Bakery. I love to take friends and family to see live music as much as possible. We love the shows at MASS, Scat Jazz Lounge, Magnolia Motor Lounge.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to my amazing husband Edwin who is the absolute best life partner imaginable, my sweet son Oliver who inspires me every day to be a better mom, spouse, friend, and mom-boss, and my business besties Tu-Hien, Karen, and Elaine without whom this journey of entrepreneurship would be way less fun.