We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly May Rockwell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly May, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is literally what started my career. My jump from casual singer to recording artist and performer began with my album titled The Risk. There’s a song on the album called The Risk, which is about love but for me the album and that stage in my life was really The Risk. I quit my full time job, moved to a cheaper place, had no set plan for how I was going to make it work but I knew that if I kept playin it safe that I would never see the career I wanted. A career in music/acting is innately risk heavy. There are no guarantees that someone will hire you. Covid has been so weird because everyone is turning to tv and music to entertain themselves while actors and musicians are unable to actually go out and work.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
I’m proud that my songs are accessible to anyone. You don’t have to worry about kids hearing them or making grandma blush but they’re still relatable. I just want to write songs that help you express what you didn’t know you needed to say. I’ve had to overcome a lot of stage fright. I HATED talking between songs, I felt like I had nothing to say and it was just awkward like just play the next song let’s go, but now it’s my favorite part. It helps me showcase my personality and explain the meaning behind songs which helps people dig in to them. I’ve learned that the more myself I am up there, the more people enjoy the show.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well if it’s around the holidays I would definitely take them to Grapevine to check out Main St and then over to the Gaylord for all of the fun they have. I still haven’t been to the JFK museum and it’s something I’m really interested in so I would drag them there with me. I think the Dallas World Aquarium and Perot Museum are very impressive so they would probably be on the list followed by some food trucks at Klyde Warren. I also love Dallas sports so hopefully in a Post-Covid world we would be able to hit some sort of game depending on the season. For food, Shin’s donuts in Irving are unbeatable, I love Rodeo Goat, Niwa in Deep Ellum, and then we would hit Legacy Hall to give a little taste of everything.
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 wouldn’t be able to do what I do without my support system. My dad is my musical director, roadie, recording engineer, sound tech, guitarist and buddy. My mom helps book shows, organize merch, process sales, hype girl, and eternal audience member. My husband pushes me to challenge myself and celebrates my victories with me. I also have the most beautifully supportive group of friends a girl could ask for. It’s the dream team.