#HowIMadeIt 2017

Charlotte Cardin, Singer-Songwriter

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Charlotte Cardin in a black and white t-shirt with the words 'big boy' printed across the front

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Charlotte Cardin; Montreal; @charlottecardin

Let’s say we’ve just met at a cocktail party. How would you describe, in a nutshell, what you do?

I’m a pop/jazz/electro singer-songwriter.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I went to Brebeuf (a CEGEP in Montreal) and studied arts and theatre.

What was your first paying gig out of school? (In your field, or not.)

I used to model to be able to have more financial freedom while doing unpaid music gigs

What was your BIG break? How did you land it?

I’m still working on it!

Describe the moment in which you first realized, I think this is actually going to work out?

When I finished in the top four of the singing show La Voix (the French-Canadian version of The Voice). It was the first time I realized I might have a shot at doing music for a living. That was, if I worked hard enough on my own after the whole reality TV intensity/insanity.

What would you say has been your biggest failure or shortcoming, career-wise, to date? How did you bounce back?

(I can’t really think of any right now)

Name one piece of career advice you always give.

Take your time.

What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever gotten?

To hurry up and ride the reality-TV wave while it was still fresh. I’m so glad I didn’t do that and took my time instead. I finished school and had time to discover who I was as an artist in the meantime.

 Did you deal with barriers in your field because you are a woman? If so, what were they?

Yes. I’ve had to work hard (and still do) to be judged for my art/intellectual capacities rather than for my looks. I think every girl in the “public eye” has to fight to be recognized for her skills rather than for her appearance.

Are you making a fair income for your work? Why or why not? Do you have a side hustle for extra cash? If so, what is it?

I only started making an okay income this year. It took a few years of modelling on the side and working here and there to make enough money to live off. Now I can focus 100 percent on music and I feel so blessed to be able to do so.

 What’s the worst stereotype you’ve heard about millennials at work?

That we’re lazy. Honestly, I’m surrounded by the most hardworking, passionate visionaries I have ever seen and it motivates me to work harder every day.

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