168. Artist Leaves a Culture of Academics for Her Music Passion
Sabrina “Baer” Chang
Baer, at 22, is a multi-cultural R&B, hip-hop, and pop singer/songwriter. Born as Sabrina Chang in Taiwan, raised in Canada, Baer’s work reflects a wide variety of musical influences. A music production and engineering graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, she moved to Los Angeles, California, and began to work with notable vocal producer David Quiñones (D.Q.).
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Sabrina did well academically at her international high school. Both parents were successful doctors and assumed she would pursue a profession. “I saw that my parents were not happy doing what they were doing, and I had to insist that they let me pursue my passion and go to music school.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“It was when I decided to do music. Most people in the field seem to know early in life that they want to go into music, and work toward that goal. For me it was a decision I had to make when I was in high school in Taiwan applying for college in the U.S.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“Although I hated the intense pressure to excel in academics, I’m very grateful for that. It has allowed me to move fast in the music field, because I know how to study, and to see what I need to do to achieve what I want to do. The study habits were a good thing.”
On Her Bookshelf
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Timothy Ferriss
Bossy Pants, by Tina Fey
Top Tools on Her Browser
Podcast: The Tim Ferriss Show at iTunes.com
Connecting With Sabrina “Baer” Chang
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