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Piper Hayes: Profile + Interview

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Piper Hayes: Interview

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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Fruit, but that’s really only from the word Passion

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I Am Me

Why do you do what you do?

Because I try and live my life to the fullest in the most authentic and healthy ways possible. It’s not really a choice, it’s just part of my makeup.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

Well I’ve always been a performer. I was always the loudest in class or the only voice you could hear in a choir. I was studying musical theatre in NYC. In 2011 I brought my guitar down and would try and learn songs to play therapeutically at the end of a long day. I wasn’t very good at guitar and only knew how to play basic chords. Eventually I started writing my own stuff. When I played some of my tunes for friends and family they where really impressed. I got an unexpected overwhelming response, that to this day has fueled me in my music. I never set out to be a musician; I never even would have dreamed that it is what I would do. All the right doors happened to open at the right time. I had already decided musical theatre was not for me. The shows being produced, people being cast, and that fact that on stage you learn a ‘track’ not a role or character was just too commercial for me and the way I see art. Creating my own works on the other hand, became a whole new world of possibility.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Well I think I might still be in that phase.?! Lol. I have to wear a million and one hats at the same time.  I have to be my own booker, promoter, artistic director, stylist, creator, videographer, editor, tour manager, manager, and PR, on top of having to be the artist, performer, writer and more. I also work a full time job in film to pay the bills. Then you add a social life and healthy relationships, exercising, eating, sleeping, and all the other things we need to stay balanced as humans. I look forward to a day when my main job is what I do best writing, performing, creating and connecting with people.

 

My parents are through and through my biggest support. They come to absolutely every show that they possibly can, they give my cards out to people, they sell my albums, they donate money when I run a campaign, honestly I sometimes think they believe in me more than I do. I couldn’t do it without them. I am truly fortunate.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Aside from my parents who I mentioned above, my private voice teacher is one of the most incredible people I know. Tessa Lang who lives and teaches out of NYC has taught me so much about my voice, myself, my power and ultimately helped me see that I have something incredible to live for…my voice. She is truly one of the most inspiring people I know.

 

I have had many people tell me that I have inspired them, and every time I can hardly believe my ears. It always makes me want to cry, because if that is the case then my work is complete. I love music and performing. But really what I love is starting a fire inside someone else. Giving them a reflection or thing to relate to in the work I put out. At the end of the day I want to help people heal and be their best selves.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Oh gosh. Many mistakes everyday really. I think the thing that I am learning the most is clear communication around expectation. When you hire people and when you own your own business you must take responsibility for when things go wrong. Often I find people in general don’t like responsibility. I don’t mind admitting I’ve done something wrong or communicated poorly. As a result it’s very difficult to work with people who are unable to meet me halfway in this regard. Being a woman in business I also have to become more and more ok with saying things that people may not like. Speaking up for myself is very important. It can be very difficult not only because of preexisting gender roles in our society, but also because of my own history with being told I was too bossy or too loud as a child.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I have so many ahhhhhh. I’d like to build a tour bus and do a cross Cananda/US tour. I have had a multimedia project in the works for a couple of years now called ‘Pretty’, but need funding for it!!! I have three songs that run together as a triad that I’d like to record this summer though, so keep your ears open.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Be bold

Be your best self

Don’t take any bullshit

And laugh a lot

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Life is short. Find something to live for. Something that makes you feel whole and empowered. When you find that thing don’t stop anywhere short of your best.

 

 

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Piper Hayes: Profile

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Full name

Piper Hayes

Age

28

Place of Birth? (city, country)

New York City, USA

Where you live now? (city, country)

Toronto, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Dad – NYC (Greenwich Village), Mum – Montreal, Canada

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Musician

How long have you been doing it?

3 years

Fav Song

Corner Talk – One of the most underrated artists Frazey Ford of Po’ Girl and The Be Good Tanyas

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Lhasa De Sela, Tina Turner, Otis Redding and Nina Simone

Fav Movie

Labyrinth

Fav Actor/Actress

Kristin Wiig she should win an Oscar for being one of the best female comedians of all time, she is beyond committed to her craft

Fav Clothing brand

I hate to say it but American Apparel

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

My dad Kerry Hayes lol (stills man on movie sets)

Fav Sport to watch

Track an field or basketball

Fav Sport to play

Same as above

 

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Links

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Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Photo Cred: Lisa MacIntosh