The Spotlight highlights today’s most exciting talents, start-ups, websites and ideas. This week we have a chat with Houston-born and raised singer, composer and artist Hannah Anderson.
Hannah what did you study?
I studied theology for a year. Then I started studying music, but I wasn’t too interested in being at school, so I left.
Growing up what was your dream job?
My dream job would’ve been to be an ice skater. I used to watch ice skating every time it was on, I started taking lessons, thankfully my mom knew the importance of honesty, and the value of money – when she realized I wasn’t getting any better she just told me, “Hannah, you know.. You’re just not very good at this.”, took me out of my lessons, and that was the end of my childhood dream. Haha! It was for the best.
What was your first job?
I’ve always had odd jobs here and there. I was a young entrepreneur. Growing up I’d sell candy to the neighborhood kids with my brother. I’d make greeting cards and sell them.
What inspired you to write “Melt”?
Melt, at first, wasn’t very intentional. A friend at the time and I just starting to go with the flow and say whatever came to our minds at the time. Later I went back and polished it and made it into something that meant a little bit more to me. For me, it’s about the uncertainty of love and trusting people.
How do you go on to promote your work/music?
When I want to promote, I’ll post about stuff on Instagram, or Twitter. I’ll talk to people about it on occasion. Other than that I don’t really promote.
What inspires you? And what doesn’t?
That’s always such a difficult question to answer because there’s so much that inspires me. I’m always inspired by people – the way we all act and react, the way we move, the why behind what we do. It’s always intriguing to me and I always pay really close attention to those types of things. I’m inspired by love. I’m inspired by grace. I always love seeing people do what they love and even more so when they make a living off of what they love. It’s always disheartening to see people not enjoying life – I wouldn’t necessarily say that it doesn’t inspire me though. I don’t think there’s a lot that I don’t get inspiration from.
What do you like and dislike about the digital world?
I really love the digital world for a few reasons, one being it brings people so close, especially when you have friends in other states, and don’t get to see those people very often. It’s exciting to see others work and to be inspired on the daily through an app, or through text, whatever it is. What I strongly dislike is when people do things specifically for the digital world. When things are done because it’ll make the person look cooler on the internet when in real life they’re just the worst. Another thing is that people don’t know how to live without it, which isn’t healthy. I think we should be able to enjoy without having to post about it or be constantly texting. I can’t say I’m scotch free when it comes to that though.
Can you tell us what an average day looks like?
I currently work at a shop called Manready Mercantile – An average day for me would be to go to work. On the weekends, i will stay home and sleep and, if I’m not doing that, I really enjoy going to get a cup of coffee. When I get coffee I usually just sit there and read. That’s always nice. I love to travel so I like to do that as often as possible.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
I read a quote and it said this, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” That’s really stuck with me. I love that.
Three apps you can’t live without and why?
My favorite app is Instagram. Snapchat is fun. I love posted snaps of me eating. I don’t even know why. I’m obsessed with 8 Ball Pool. I always get a game and play it non-stop, then I realize I play too much, delete it, and later find a new game. Never ending cycle. I wouldn’t say I can’t live without any of these – I just really enjoy all of them.
Whose work do you think we should follow ?
I have a few favorites. I love Keaton Webb, his writings are so good. My brother and sister, Sophia and Joshua, I’m so impressed by them every day. The Schoonover brothers are legends: @cschoonover and @jonschoonover
What are the future projects?
You’ll have to follow along to find out.