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Rhythm in Motion

When Motherhood Challenges a Musician's Career

May 19, 2015 | 10 videos
Video by Jenny Schweitzer

In this short documentary, the filmmaker Jenny Schweitzer profiles the singer-songwriter Nicola, a Billboard-featured artist and subway musician. Nicola has struggled in the past with reconciling her identity as a mother with her life as a performer. "I do know that the stigma attached to being a mother is real and alive," she said. "I was able to unify the elements of my life—my music and being a mom—and pull them together and make my music stronger."

This is the seventh film in a series about New York's subway musicians.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

About This Series

A curated series of short films about New York City's subway musicians