In this episode of Lean the F*ck Out, we talk with Lindsay White about leaving a corporate career to make music full time and how that journey brought her to starting Lady Brain Collective, a supportive and collaborative group of local women pursuing careers in the arts. Lindsay shares tips on making a career as an independent artist, and supplementing with a side hustle when you need to. She talks about her mental health journey and her experience as a caregiver to a partner dealing with mental health issues. Lindsay also discusses grief and loss and the perspective it has given her.
Lady Brain Episode Highlights:
- Watch for your moment to leap. Look for the moment when the universe is tipping the scale.
- If you lean out you have to be willing to work your ass off.
- Starting out as an artist, your side hustle is key.
- Be genuinely kind.
- You never know what people are going through, be compassionate.
- Show yourself grace and compassion like you would those you are caretaking.
- Loss gives us all perspective, no one is immortal.
- As a society we need to talk about trauma, grief and death more, the discussion will make us a more compassionate.
- Loss is a unifying experience.
- Always have honest conversations with yourself, about your mortality. What do you want to get out of this life?
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll call your therapist. With influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Ani DiFranco, Lindsay White’s songwriting has earned recognition from Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and American Songwriter. Her latest record Lights Out chronicles the experience of losing her estranged mother to brain cancer. The record debuted #2 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts, was named #1 Album of the Year by Global Texan Chronicles, and earned her the 2018 San Diego Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter. White was recently named one of “15 Lesbian/Bi/Queer Musical Artists You Need to Know” by AfterEllen.com. She has opened for notable acts such as The Lone Bellow, David Crosby, Steve Poltz, Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), Raining Jane ft. Jason Mraz, and more.
White is a queer intersectional feminist, mental health advocate, grief support advocate, and writer. She has led songwriting workshops for Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls San Diego, participated in Pride events throughout the country, and independently published a narrative essay called “Love by the Numbers: What to do (and not to do) when your Bipolar partner thinks she’s Jesus.” Recently, she organized the Lady Brain Collective, a supportive and collaborative group of local women pursuing careers in the arts. White relies on support from, Lindsay’s Corner, an exclusive community of dedicated friends and fans who always make her journey as an independent artist feel like a group effort.
You can find Lindsay online at:
Website:lindsaywhitemusic.com // ladybrainpresents.com
Instagram:instagram.com/lindsaywhitemusic // instagram.com/ladybrainpresents
Facebook:facebook.com/lindsaywhitemusic // facebook.com/ladybrainpresents
Lindsay White Spotify:open.spotify.com/artist/4kdJU3sybstAXUhWzZNRT1
Lady Brain Presents Spotify Playlist:open.spotify.com/user/1211221790/playlist/00RpoDN5SJe6qTV7scOqLO?si=ldfdgRhiSny-h7ABwrZ8yg