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Paulina Zelman has relied on music as a release for as long as she can remember. Growing up, she learned to play the piano at just seven years old and then went on to teach herself to play the guitar, ukulele, and her favorite instrument, the trumpet. Her affinity for music was quickly apparent, and she began using it for a way to create and document experiences that were meaningful to her. While she’s always been private with the music she creates, anyone who was fortunate enough to get a glimpse at her talent knew how special she was at such a young age.
After spending years of keeping her musical talents to herself, Paulina just recently decided to face her fears and release an album to the public. After she saw how much of a negative impact the global pandemic was having on people, she knew that her music would be able to give people a release just as it has for her over the years.
The album dives into topics including love, heartbreak, friendship, mental health, and happiness. Each of the 12 songs on the album are about her personal experiences, and Paulina’s willingness to be vulnerable on the album is a testament to her bravery and her confidence in the positive message the pushes. Once the album dropped, she quickly realized that her intention in releasing music is to connect with her audience on a personal level. It warms her heart when she hears that listeners relate to her songs, and it’s made her realize how much of a real need there is in the world for her music.
Gaining the courage to release her first album has been extremely rewarding for Paulina, as it has allowed her to initiate a conversation about topics that most people would typically shy away from. She has received tremendous amounts of support and congratulations from many people, and her decision to release music publicly has been rewarded. Her message behind the album to anyone listening is simple, “You’re not alone. No matter what struggles you endure, you’re worthy of love and deserve the best.”
Paulina lives out this message in real life, as she has been able to drown out any outside negativity she’s gotten from releasing the album. The response to her music has been either extremely positive or hateful, and she has accepted that some people that she cares about simply don’t have the capacity to be supportive of her music. She’s become stronger as both an individual and as a musician as a result, and she now has no fears or inhibitions about releasing music moving forward.
Paulina admits that she was very self conscious and shy growing up, and would never have imagined putting herself in the spotlight sharing her experiences out in the open. Because of how incredible her transformation and journey has been, she has strong words of advice to anyone that may be too shy to take a risk or put themself in the spotlight. She says, “Do what you love and don’t ever stop. One day, your time will come and you will get past anything blocking you from reaching your potential.” For her, getting past her fear of releasing music has put her on a fast track towards reaching her potential, and she can’t wait for more people to hear more of her songs as she releases them.