Eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter Izzy Escobar is using her work to create positive social change. A Longmeadow, Massachusetts native, Izzy currently attends UCLA as a musical theatre student. In her day-to-day life, Izzy spends her time singing, dancing, and acting. However, in her spare time, her passion is writing music. She identifies music as her own personal “form of expression.” Make Muse was able to interview Izzy and find out more about the social impact of her music.
Izzy first developed her passion for singing and songwriting at eight years old. As time went on, Izzy wrote songs both on guitar and piano. After witnessing domestic abuse against her mother by her stepfather, she began to realize the importance of using her voice and talent for the good of others. Turning her frustration into action, she penned the song “Broken Wings.” Watch the music video for her single “Broken Wings” and check out her other music here. Izzy strongly identifies with the #MeToo movement and hopes her songs can inspire and empower others facing similar situations of domestic violence.
Izzy will soon be releasing new music. She is very excited to write and record her first album and dreams of going on tour to “spread the idea of a positive and empowered mindset everywhere.”
I exchanged emails with Izzy to further discuss how society views women artists using their platform for activism as well as the inspiration behind her work.
Melanie Rodriguez: What does feminism mean to you?
Izzy Escobar: To me, feminism means that women support other women and are given the same rights and support as men. Women shouldn't be treated lesser than men.
Melanie: When and why did you decide to get involved with the #MeToo movement and speak out about your personal experiences?
Izzy: Once Broken Wings was released and women would message me about how the song had personally affected them, I realized that I could be a voice for women all over the world who had faced similar situations. If my purpose in this life is to be their voice, that is what I want to do. The ability to positively affect the lives of others with my music is why I am so passionate about being a singer/songwriter.
Melanie: You’ve mentioned previously that music was your escape and way of empowerment. What advice do you have for others who may be facing similar situations to you? How can they also process traumatic experiences in a healing way?
Izzy: As difficult as it may be, start to look at your situation with a positive mindset and believe that everything really does happen for a reason even if you don't know what that reason is yet. Also, use your voice! For me, writing music was my form of expression, but there are other ways of expressing emotions as well. I also love to do this by going on walks outside and even painting sometimes.
Melanie: How do you think more conversation can be created to highlight the importance of self-expression and activism through creative means?
Izzy: I think that people need to understand that their voice matters. The arts is truly one of the best places to discuss activism because it allows the audience to spend time thinking about and reflecting on what they are witnessing whether it is a song, a theatrical production, a piece of writing, or an artwork.
Melanie: Anything else you would like to share?
Izzy: Thank you to all who have been so supportive throughout this journey! I am beyond excited to see what the future holds.