Stella Scholaja expresses music in a unique way
Stella Scholaja is a singer who lives in Croatia. She uses her music to express herself and to stand out from others. She is currently on the show Croatia’s Got Talent.
What is it like to be a singer?
Being a singer is like having this absolutely unique and wonderful tool to express yourself in a way that’s purely magical. With a melody, you can project an emotion way easier than words can. If someone is feeling devastated, sad, disappointed… you can convey happiness through a song and instantly watch the mood of an entire venue just change in a matter of seconds. It works the other way around too as you create awareness through words that are so obviously connected to heartfelt experiences, especially when you write your own material. I find it quite astonishing how music has the power to do that.
In that sense I simply feel like a tool for something that’s so much bigger than one singer on their own. I don’t think I love it so much because it comes easy or naturally to me. I think it’s hard work being up on that stage and being so vulnerable, but that’s the point. You have to walk through the dark forest to come out on the other side. When you face what you’re most scared of, that’s when you grow.
How has being a singer helped change you as a person?
I honestly think it helped me become someone that has an identity. Without music as my passion, I don’t think I know what I would be doing today. I can honestly say that it has taught me most of the survival skills I have acquired over the years. Things like discipline, professionalism, determination, and having thick skin all come with the love mentality of the music industry.
Especially when you start out as a young, inexperienced girl there’s always the possibility to become not only dependent on other people to choose your fate but also to be a puppet at someone else’s mercy. However, therefore there’s also a huge opportunity and an occasion you can really rise to if you’re patient. Whatever chance you get to work in a studio, with other musicians, to perform live… you can soak that up like a sponge and be rewarded for it in the longterm.
Did you do any singing when you were younger?
Most definitely. If there’s a day in my life when I wasn’t singing I don’t recall it. Haha.
What was it like being on Croatia’s Got Talent?
(At the moment the season is still ongoing).
It’s an absolute blast. The people working there, the whole team, the judges, the stylists, the camera crew, the contestants, every single person you find in that studio is incredibly talented and inspiring to be around. It’s an experience I haven’t yet comprehended or fully understood but I do know it’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of this lifetime. It’s the start of something big and beautiful.
What was it like preparing for your performance?
I personally think it’s great fun creating a performance from scratch, especially for the live shows, where there’s a whole team dedicated to bringing the vision of your song to life. It’s definitely connected to a lot of work and thorough preparation but once you’re on stage you basically throw all that overboard and the only thing that counts is the love you put into it and that better be 100%.
On the other hand, I didn’t prepare a lot for my audition, I was so nervous, it was 40 degrees that day and the song I performed was dedicated to a dear family friend who died too soon at the cause of cancer. I tried to prepare for that moment but I just couldn’t think, that day I simply felt.
What has this performance taught you about singing?
It taught me that everything you need to be an artist is within you. It’s all good to take people’s advice and to accept criticisms and to take others’ ideas but at the end of the day, it’s you. When it comes down to the wire it’s you that’s standing there and either you let loose and you give it your all or you suffocate under everyone’s opinions and suggestions. That performance taught me: Dude, let it go.
Are you looking to perform at any venues anytime soon?
So as this season of Got Talent is still ongoing I don’t yet know where this journey will take me but I’m always looking to get my new material out there and get live feedback and connect with my fans. I would be nowhere without them and I want to give back as much as I can. I’m hoping to tour Europe as soon as possible and I’m really looking forward to meeting and welcoming everyone, who feels a connection to my words, to this musical path.