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Music: Erica Anthony

Erica Anthony: Musician, Business Owner, Capoeirista

I grew up in Corpus Christi and came to San Antonio a few years ago to attend college at Trinity University. I possess faded dreams concerning athletics but current goals towards a busier life as a musician. I only wanted a job so I could continue to play music, but now I run a small, even tiny, tutoring business called Escalada Education Co.

I've shifted plans many times over the years, but I'm returning to a big goal of being a sought after studio musician with the addition of plans to delve into film scoring and festival and special event performance. I gig mainly on voice, upright bass, and acoustic guitar. I have, in the past, performed on violin, electric bass, goumbe, berimbau, and pandeiro, but I am a bass girl. Can't help it. As far as being a business owner that grew out of necessity after I was laid off from my teaching job last September. Capoeira didn't come into my life until a couple of years ago.

I think I can officially say I began teaching myself how to sing when I realized that I could make sounds with my voice as a baby. Ok, that's silly, but my mom had given me a toy guitar from Mexico when I was about two and my dad showed me how to whistle when I was about three. I never sat down and decided to master one instrument specifically, but over time, I dabbled in several, leaving some behind and picking up others later. As far as making a career out of music, that decision wasn't apparent until I was around 16 or 17.

Danger lurks everywhere in the music industry; getting carried away with fame and selfishness, getting sucked in to overbearing contractual agreements, and having untrustworthy people on your team are surefire ways to end your career quickly or at least get so diverted from even the smallest goals that a comeback is much more difficult than your initial effort. This can even be said about owning a business-being a professional artist, musician, or band can be related to having a small business-and getting wrapped up into drama that surrounds the people involved in capoeira.

People are generally surprised and inquistive, especially when they have discovered the type of styles that I play; at one point, I may have sported a "typical" musician look, but my clothing style has changed a bit and if you can't see the music note tattoos, it's hard to tell. I might even look like a professional, especially when I'm wearing a blazer (I love blazers). Capoeira is one of those things you either know about or have never heard of; those who know of it know to stay on your good side, but the others can have a hard time grasping the concept when explained only with words.

My main focus in each of these areas is to just improve over time. There are so many ways to do so and better a skill set in each of these very different activities, and I hope to continue them for many years as a benefit to those around me.
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Erica Anthony

By Cynthia Bergen
Edited by Jolene Gilshenan
The Vintage Club Collection