It was too much, too soon.
Becca Finley on stage, performing, much younger than she is today. That’s the break between then and now. Caught up in the moment, she changed a lyric. Maybe it was the words or maybe it was the way she sang them. Either way, the audience’s enthusiastic response shook her to her core.
She laid low for years after that brush with stage fright, the early form of something far greater wintering within her. When she returned to the arts, she returned with the determination to help other artists gain the confidence to pursue their dreams.
“Life can be a lonely place, especially for people who [are] creative,” she says. “I want to create a support structure that allows them to take risks, to be able to fail without that failure ruining them.”
Becca builds creative types from the inside out, addressing all aspects of their health: physical, mental, financial, and social. Her hope is that this kind of holistic support structure will encourage creativity and allow emerging musicians and other artists to reach their full potential.
This is Noteworthy, a nonprofit founded and directed by Becca, cultivates exactly this kind of supportive environment. She envisions a network of working professionals in music, arts, and entertainment working with students to build a better tomorrow. “It’s about promoting music in a meaningful way,” she says.
Her impact on the music scene in Charleston has been deep and meaningful. She’s helped put a spotlight on working musicians through the online journal Found Magazine: Music Uncovered, paired music with yoga for local events, given life to online music shows, and matched music to the Cooper River Bridge Run.
“Everyone connects with music,” she says. “That’s a common center that can be used to build an entire ecosystem of the arts.”
Words by Jason A. Zwiker
Photo by Gately Williams