Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Oh My!

Are you ready to put yourself out there?  Say it with me: YES! I AM READY. Last week, we reflected on how we feel about sharing our work and today, armed with that self-awareness, we are going to get started!  I want to talk about the power of social media when it comes to showing […]

Take A Deep Breath & Get Ready to Grow

“This is it, don’t get scared now.”   (Name that movie!) We’re a quarter of the way into 2021 and we’ve spent time focusing on action planning, self-love, and fulfillment of our needs.  Not bad for three months, right?  You didn’t know it at the time, but we’ve been steadily working our way toward this […]

Songwriting Challenge

Attention, music lovers! This week, I launched the first installment of my Songwriting Challenge on the Esma Kirim Bravely Original YouTube Channel.  I’m excited to share my first challenge video with you all. Today we will find out… can I write a song in twenty minutes with a handful of randomly generated criteria? Will I […]

Step Into The Spotlight

It’s the first day of a new month and you know what that means.  It’s time for a shift in our focus and a renewed commitment to strengthening ourselves as creatives.  Before we move ahead, though, I want to review what we talked about last month and make sure we’ve accomplished what we set out […]

Coming Up With My Youtube Intro Music

This is a fun one! In this video, composer Noah Reece and I collaborate to create the music for my channel. I wanted to use something for my intros and outros that had a bit more personality than generic elevator music. Please enjoy watching poor Noah trying to decipher what it is I want and […]

Expectation vs. Reality: YouTube Edition

It took me a YEAR to start my YouTube channel.  Not for lack of trying, desire or motivation, but because life in 2020 had other things in store. This episode is particularly special to me because I take you behind the scenes and share the ups and downs of how this channel came to be […]

Wanna Collab?

One of our most fundamental needs, as humans, and as artists, is connection.  There is an element of creative work, however, that can border on the verge of isolating.  You know what I mean. You’re following your internal inspiration and sometimes it seems like nothing else exists.  And don’t get me wrong, when you are […]

Peaky Blinders. Pineapple. Posh British accent.

It’s time for another episode of Esma on your new favorite YouTube channel.  New videos will launch every Wednesday.  Make sure you click Subscribe and hit that notification bell so you don’t miss any of the fun! This week, I talk a bit more about the focus for my channel and how it’s evolved over […]

The Real Me

After much toil, learning, and oscillation between firm confidence and self-doubt, I am thrilled to announce the official launch of the Bravely Original with Esma Kirim Youtube Channel! This has been a labor of love from its inception, as I challenged myself to conquer personally uncharted territory to create a new space to engage with […]

Attain & Maintain Motivation

Motivation: a strong will to act toward accomplishment. See also: an elusive but essential component in every creative’s toolbox. We all know that creative work isn’t something that can be delivered at the snap of our fingers.  And as much as we might long for the muse-led life, it’s not realistic to avoid the demands […]