• UO Pride: Maggie Lindemann

    To celebrate Pride this month, we’re sharing the stories of young creatives showing their pride and proving that love is love. We’ve partnered with GLSEN to introduce an exclusive collection of graphic tees and hats, with all profits donated to GLSEN in support of LGBTQ youth. Read more about #UOPride here.

    In honor of UO Pride, singer Maggie Lindemann talks to us about staying positive in the digital age and why it’s important to love yourself.
    Photos by Michael J. Spear

    Maggie Lindemann may only be 18 years old, but she already has a lot of life experience under her belt. The singer, whose first debut single "Knocking On Your Heart" was released in 2015, first gained popularity as many do these days: on social media. 

    Finding her on Instagram and recognizing her natural talent, Maggie's manager Gerald Tennison encouraged her to move to L.A. to pursue her passion. Now, Maggie boasts nearly 2.2 million followers on Instagram and has over 21 million views on her YouTube channel, including over 2 million views on the video for her single "Pretty Girl."

    With such a huge social following, Maggie focuses on spreading positivity and self-acceptance whenever she can. In one recent post, Maggie encourages others to "take a chance" and "never give up on dreams" after realizing her own dream of playing to a crowd of 90,000+; a huge step for such a young artist. 

    Because GLSEN's profits go towards spreading acceptance and positivity towards the LGBTQ community in schools, Maggie finds it an important organization to support. With such a huge audience at her disposal, Maggie feels it's her responsibility to alert her fans to important causes, ones they may not know of otherwise.

    To stay up-to-date on what's up next for Maggie, read our interview below and make sure to follow her on her Instagram and YouTube.

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do/where you live.
    I'm an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Texas. I moved to LA about three years ago when my manager contacted me for music. I've been doing music ever since. It's my passion.

    How did you first get involved in singing? Where do you hope your career leads you?
    I've been involved in music my entire life. I was in choir and did musicals and talent shows. I've always loved to sing. I hope my career leads me into a world of acceptance and opens my eyes to some things. I know that this industry can be brutal so I hope to find happiness somewhere in there.

    What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself this past year?
    I've learned that I'm a lot more patient than I ever thought I was. I've always been one to want things to happen then and there but that isn't how life is.

    What’s a project you’re working on currently that you’re proud of?
    I'm doing a lot of stuff that I'm proud of right now. I'm really proud of my music because I like to think that it can empower or move people. Right now I'm working on a bigger musical project and I'm so excited for it.

    What big ideas have been most important to you lately? 
    I'm always coming up with new ideas every day. But I really want to go on some sort of tour! That's huge for me right now. 

    Why are you proud to be who you are?
    It hasn't always been easy being me. I've gone through a lot in my life and I'm really blessed to still be here. So knowing how much I've accomplished and how confident I am in myself now makes me proud.

    Say something to empower others to be who they are.
    There's always going to be a time in your life where you don't love yourself or you try to find the negatives about yourself. But life always has a way of working itself out. Years from now those insecurities will become things you're proud of. It's what makes you, you. 

    Why is it important to love yourself?
    You are the only "you" there is. You're the only person in the entire world that is like you. I think that's pretty cool and worth loving. You gotta love yourself before you can love anyone else. 

    What is one thing that you wish everyone would remind themselves every day?
    That they're worth it and can accomplish anything they put their mind to. 

    What is it about GLSEN that you think makes them an important non-profit to represent? 
    In school, it can be a scary place for anyone who is LGBTQ and a lot of the time schools look past it. I think everything they stand for is absolutely amazing. Kids should be able to feel safe being who they are.

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