Remember Why You Started: Natalie Angiuli

Photo by Shab Ferdowsi
Meet singer-songwriter Natalie Angiuli, the featured Creative for part III of our Remember Why You Started series. Natalie has been a part of the Hours Lost family for a few years. She is a two-time HL model (RIP her red hair) and obviously a total babe who looks brilliant in our Life's Too Short tee. I've always admired Natalie's sugar and spice personality, and her determination to create a bold brand for her artist project as she becomes a part of the pop and dance music world. 
In her own words below, Natalie talks about how she decided to become a singer and the challenges she is currently facing. 
Photo by Shab Ferdowsi
I decided at a very young age that I wanted to be a singer. Perhaps it was "The Little Mermaid" or perhaps it was hearing “You Oughta Know” by Alanis on the radio in ’95. Either way, I decided that I wanted to be a singer around age 5 or 6, long before I knew how to sing. I have written records of this! After making that decision, I never considered pursuing anything else, other than maybe some work with animals, which I still hope to do someday. All I needed was to learn how to sing.

I feel like this entire thing has been a constant challenge. Challenges arise, then disappear, and just when you think you’re safe, a new one comes up. My current challenge has been solidifying my sound and figuring out what my “battle cry” or mission statement really is - that is, what I’m trying to communicate with all these songs. Another challenge is learning to treat my work more critically and objectively - aka learning how to self-edit and improve. The way I deal with challenges like these is to be very practical: keep a schedule, stay organized, write consistently (even when I’m not inspired), be on time, and most importantly, just show up. I find that it’s best if I keep my emotions out of it after they’ve hit the page. 

My inspirations as a little girl went from Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" to Alanis Morrissette to Britney Spears to Green Day. Today, I feel most inspired and driven by all the women in pop music. Artists like Katy Perry, Hayley Williams, Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch, Marina Diamandis, Taylor Swift, Foxes, Robyn, Lana del Ray, CHVRCHES, Purity Ring, and so many more make me feel optimistic. Very grateful that they have paved the way.

Remember Why You Started | Part I Part II

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