Warren Dean Flandez and I first connected on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week between shows . We seemed to have many mutual friends, but I honestly didn’t know who he was or what he did for several seasons. Then I received an invitation to one of his Red Carpet Series shows to highlight talent and instructors from the music school he owns with his wife Katherine – Studio Cloud 30.
That night Warren took to the stage at the end of the night to sing a number and it all came together for me.
I was an instant fan and privileged to hear him perform at many events as time progressed. One number he sang had an overwhelming emotional impact on me – Songbird. There were tears. When he and Katherine offered to sing at the launch of my book, Life Outside the Box, in January, I was honoured. When they chose to sing this song in particular – floored. It was the only time all night that the venue was completely silent.
Last month I finally managed to sit and do a full interview with Warren. Most interesting story? He had severe asthma as a child and singing lessons were suggested to help him build up his lung capacity.
His first singing instructor, after working with him for awhile, told him he just didn’t have what it took to be a singer, to try acting. Wow! Thankfully he didn’t listen.
8Q Spotlight Warren Dean Flandez
What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid?
I am a recording artist, composer, multiple business owner and university instructor.
Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?
My whole journey is really a compilation of what I’ve learned from my mistakes up to this point. If I could spare someone even a few of the setbacks I’ve had, it would all be worth it. That is why teaching in arts and entertainment management is so rewarding to me.
What 3 things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?
- Despite popular belief, I’m actually a very private person.
- I value my family more than anything
- The moment music feels like a 9-5 job, I will give it up.
Highest moment so far?
Hearing one of my songs piped in the store system at a London Drugs, then going to the Bay right after and hearing it again!
What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?
Right now?!?! Yikes… let’s see. I have just completed a gospel inspired album that I will be releasing very soon. The talent development company my wife and I own will be will be expanding in the near future, so we are in the midst of planning that. Our amazing Top Line Vocal Collective will be gearing up for their holiday performances. Oh! And I have recently co-founded an ESL school that will specialize in teaching English through song. I also have a million other things on the go, but you’ll just have to wait to hear about those! 😉
Who and/or what inspires you?
As cliché as it may sound, everyday life inspires me. My wife, my family, my friends, what’s around me etc. I’ve discovered, that for me at least, inspiration will never come if you’re looking for it. It needs to be real and natural.
How do you personally define success?
To me, success is having the luxury of allowing yourself to be happy. All the money in the world doesn’t make you successful. Happiness does.
Love Is Not “Giving Someone The Power To Destroy You And Trusting That They Won’t.”
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