Rachael Sage

Rachael Sage

Singer-Songwriter/Record Label Owner


MPress Records

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Studied dance at School of American Ballet at a young age.
Studied Shakespeare in high school and college. His characters and conflicts inspire my writing.
Lived and worked in Dublin as a teenager. I was exposed to folk music and became very independent!
I befriended John Lee Hooker when I was a college DJ. I learned so much from his unique genius.
Toured with Ani DiFranco. She's proudly independent, and I was inspired to start my own label.
Won the Lilith Fair talent search, and performed at the last Lilith Fair festival.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Stanford University
graduate
Graduate
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
The Actor's Studio
vocational
Vocational
Ballet
School of American Ballet
vocational
Vocational
Acting
Shakespeare Lab at The New York Public Theater
Career

Career

Singer-Songwriter/Record Label Owner

I make music, and run a record label.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Music
Acting & Theatre
Acting & Theatre
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

A great day in my work life consists of me balancing some of the ongoing work I do on behalf of our artists at MPress Records early in the day on the laptop or on conference calls perhaps, and also getting in some practice or rehearsal time before taking the stage to play a show! My days really vary between when I'm home in NYC or on tour, but in general I spend between 4-8 hours on the computer helping run my label and another 4-8 working on my craft as a musician, whether onstage or off.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I received a lot of training early in my life as a performer - primarily as an actor and dancer. However, most of the skills I employ to run a label and my own musical career have been acquired purely by doing, making mistakes, and learning what worked. Being a good writer and knowing how to pitch oneself in a gracious and succinct way is a very helpful skill. Knowing how to use design software to develop promo materials and artwork to accompany musical releases has also been very helpful.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I think the best way to cultivate a career as a music industry professional or a creative artist is to simply make yourself useful and learn from a mentor. If you want to produce records, maybe that means interning at a recording studio. If you want to be a singer-songwriter I think the very best way to develop is by getting a regular gig at a cafe or restaurant, or going to open-mics. Practice a lot and learn what works by getting up in front of an audience and putting your work out there.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Music Management
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Your voice isn't good enough to be a singer. You should only write songs."

I was consistently told I should not sing and should only write songs. I knew I didn't have the greatest natural vocal ability, but thankfully that "noise" only encouraged me to work harder, push my own limitations, and ultimately develop my own voice. Most of the negative feedback was ultimately a blessing, because I used it to drive me toward my goals and to focus on my strengths as a songwriter, while continually working on my voice until something really shifted.