Jessica Manning

1. What do you feel is the most fulfilling part of the work you do?
It's definitely the most fulfilling to hear that people can relate to my songs in a deeply personal way.  There's nothing more rewarding than when someone comes up to me and tells me that my music helped them through something.  That's what I love most about the music I listen to so it's very cool to be that escape for other people.

2. How would you describe your creative process? 
When I began writing music at about 15 years old, songs came to me so quickly.  It felt as if the creativity just knocked on my door and said, "Hey, I'm ready to be written!".  As I've gotten older, and after releasing my first full length album, it doesn't always happen that way.  I've learned that sometimes you have to seek out the inspiration, search for it.  I've also learned that if you want to build a career in music or any art form for that matter, you can't always wait for inspiration to strike.  It's just as important to set aside time to work and develop your craft.
3. What is it about the place you choose to escape to that inspires your work?
I absolutely love going to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, there is something so magical and unpretentious about that space.  I've always appreciated that there's no charge for entry, so that everyone is able to enjoy great art.  Whenever I need a moment of quiet inspiration, whether that's 15 minutes or 3 hours, I can go there for as long or as short as I'd like.  I really enjoy seeking inspiration from art forms other than music.  I think it's easy to get burned out when you're only looking for inspiration within the same art form you create.  For me, I've found that it's really important to cross over into different mediums.  I have a huge love and appreciation for fashion, design, and food as well.  It all comes back around.
4. What drove you to be an entrepreneur?
When I decided to fully pursue a career in music I don't think it was necessarily driven by the idea of being an entrepreneur.  But as I get further along on my journey as an artist, I now see such value in shaping my own career and working for myself.  I love how much pride I take in my work, and how deeply rewarding it feels when I'm asked to do more of it.  It's so beautiful to know that all the hard work you put in, paired with the dream in your mind and the countless people who invest in you along the way, can eventually take shape and morph into a career.