There is nothing else on earth that fills Yasmin’s soul like creating music. She is a powerful voice in her community feeding her audience raw, real, and relatable material on a consistent basis. With her alias “Cool Anxious Kid”, she is open about her struggles in life, and strives to use her talents to uplift others in similar and comparable circumstances.
Yasmin released her mixtape “The Truth Saga” to SoundCloud and YouTube in 2019 followed by her 5-song ep titled “Thunderstorms & Sun Showers” on March 5th, 2020. Yasmin continues to put in work as an artist using her life experiences as inspiration.
Want to know more? Check out Yasmin’s interview below.
Q: What about your practice makes it meaningful to you?
A: Being a musical artist is meaningful to me because it’s the way I express myself, and ultimately becoming a better musician is my main focus. Although I am becoming one, I wasn’t always an expressive person through conversation. Music helps me say all the things I can’t say. Music helps me be more confident with my ideas and the messages I have to share.
Music is a universal language, so it is one of the few ways we are able to connect with others on a human level regardless of our differences.
Q: How did you discover your artistic practice? How long have you been practicing?
A: I grew up with 2 older brothers and their friends who I also consider my brothers, so I heard a lot of Hip Hop growing up. I grew up in a Jamaican household, so I also heard a lot of Dancehall and Reggae, as well as Soul music.
As far as I can remember music has always been around me. I first got into writing music because I loved it so much, I would write the lyrics down to my favourite songs. YouTube was around but not as popular as it is today, and with a busy mind, I wanted a way to remember these songs, so I studied them. Later on, I started to write poems and realized that they could turn into songs, and unconsciously realized I had a gift of writing. It’s been about 7 years since I’ve been practising consistently and seriously.
Q: What motivated you to develop your craft into a career path?
A: Believing in myself is something I do wholeheartedly. I always felt like I could do anything if I really wanted to, and the same goes for my career.
From a young age I never had “regular” career choices. I wanted to be a WNBA player, an actress and of course a musician, but to the people I shared those dreams with their response was always, “What’s your backup plan?” My dreams were too big for a lot of people to comprehend; granted, it is important to have a plan in motion, but my plans to reach these dreams were never questioned, it was always what would my plans be if my dreams failed.
As I got older, I did jobs that did not make me happy and I almost forced myself to commit to choosing a career path that wasn’t going to fulfil my happiness. In the end, I realized that we work for a long period in our lives and I don’t want to be miserable doing so.
Q: What were you like as a kid? How would you say that you’ve changed?
A: Although change is inevitable, I don’t think I’ve changed much since I was a child, but I definitely matured.
As a child, and still today I struggle with social anxiety and anxiety in general, however, I still continue to work on feeling more comfortable in social settings. I think the biggest change for me is that I no longer look for validation in other people; whether that be in my feelings or choices. I know that everyone is different, and we can look at the same exact picture and interpret it differently.
Q: When and How did you first get involved with Unity Charity?
A: I first got involved with Unity Charity when I started high school. I heard about it in the eighth grade because my older sister had friends involved and I was interested just by word of mouth.
I participated in the after-school program for three years but then in my fourth and final year of high school, the after-school program was merged into a leadership class I was not a part of. Luckily for me I had been dedicated, and the teacher supervisor knew just how impactful being a part of Unity was for me; because of that I was able to be a part of some classes and ultimately perform in their showcase at the end of the semester.
Later that year I was hired as an artist educator. Through Unity Charity I’ve gotten many opportunities and I’ve performed at many of their events.
Q: How has your experience with us influenced your path as an artist?
A: Through Unity I’ve been able to grow my confidence. I thought of myself as a more behind the scenes type of artist, but when I started performing in the ninth grade, I gained more exposure.
Working with Unity Charity has provided me with artist development opportunities, but overall being around like minded people allowed me to want to be a better artist. Because of the confidence I’ve gained, I’m now able to perform in different settings and feel comfortable with what I am bringing.
Q: What do you think is valuable about this skill? Why do you like it?
A: For me patience is valuable in life because I come from a family where we work for what we want and things are not done overnight. Also, as an artist, patience is something I wish I had earlier so I wouldn’t force some of my artistic choices. I now know the beauty in making things happen organically when the time is right rather than forcing it. I like having patience because not only is it an important skill in life but it allows me to live life freely trusting that things will happen when they need to.