Interview with Rachel Hardy

Your channel has reached 200,000 subscriptions. would you ever have expected it?

I never expected my YouTube channel to succeed. I started my YouTube channel for fun, and really enjoyed making videos! It caught me by surprise when total strangers began viewing my covers, and although it was unexpected, it’s become quite a stepping stone in my career. I am so grateful to the people who have been watching throughout the years.

What project are you working on now?

Alongside my monthly YouTube videos, I am now working full-time as a Music Supervisor for a video game developer in the Unites States. Making the move from Canada to the US was quite an endeavour, but I am so glad I’m here. I feel fully in my element in my current job and am looking forward to announcing more about out project soon. For now, it is top secret! Outside of work, I enjoy the occasional composition gig and vocal commissions here and there. To anyone interested in keeping up with what I’ve been working on, I update my website pretty frequently.

What do you hope everyone thinks of you?

I try not to focus on how others perceive me; whenever you have any sort of online presence, worrying about what people think about you can easily become overwhelming. That being said, I try to nurture a community online that is uplifting, encouraging, and creative. I love to connect with my subscribers over Patreon, Discord, and Instagram, and I am always blown away to see the amazing things that my online community creates.

What fantasy do you immerse yourself in listening the music on the street?

My music listening habits are all over the place. I mostly listen to a mix of alternative music and soundtrack music, but also love folk, jazz, and classical. I think if my life had a soundtrack it would be a really weird one.

If you could relive the last years of your life, what would you do differently?

I don’t really have any regrets! I tend to say “yes” to every sort of project I am asked to work on, which have all led to some really cool opportunities! However, looking back I think I tend to go in too many directions all at once and sometimes forget to get out of the house and spend time with friends. Now, I’m trying to only say “yes” to the projects I’m truly passionate about, and learn how to say no sometimes. I’m working on finding a more balanced work/life balance.

What the music has taught you in life?

Being a creative person has taught me to be a good team-player, to be collaborative, to be confident in myself, and to support my fellow creatives and colleagues. The opportunities I’ve found myself in have caused me to really stretch out of my comfort zone. I’ve also learned to embrace that even when I feel that there is someone better for the job, or someone who works harder, or someone who has more talent, I still have something special to offer and that is enough to make something awesome.

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