DIY Spotlight: Tara Macri

Rising pop artist Tara Macri started performing at about six, initially in dance and singing competitions. 

“It got serious when I got an agent and they really believed in me and got me motivated—it made me realize I could do it as a career,”  says Macri.  

Macri says that her career highlights include performing Hairspray and Jersey Boys on Broadway, and performing at the historic Hollywood Bowl. Although of course, nothing can top appearing in a Kung-Fu Panda movie.

“Being the voice of Young Tygress in Kung-Fu Panda was so much fun,” she says. “It’s also fun when you get a text from friend that you haven’t heard from in a while, and they just heard your song on the radio. One of my highlights this year would be working on my new single “Waking up in California.” I’m really excited about how it turned out and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

The artist says that “DIY,” in a musical sense is about connecting with your fans and being involved in production of content.

“Planning style and brand building,” she says. “For the fans I am constantly on social media and learning new ways to engage. Lately learning TikTok has been lots of fun. I get to work with some talented people, from my photographer to my producer to my mixer. Sometimes you are pulled in many different directions, and it can be challenging, but that’s part of the creative process and in the end it always comes together. 

“For example, when we were figuring out the album cover we had an idea that we shot, but when we were putting it together it just wasn’t popping, so we ended up using some photos we did at the end of the shoot that were fun glamour shots (not planned that day) and it ended up working perfectly. 

“Sometimes the idea you had in mind doesn’t always work out, so you have to be able to keep an open mind and pivot when you need to.”

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