International Women's Day: Sara Matarazzo

Sara Matarazzo, Owner, WALKER
March 2, 2015

Since the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day has been observed throughout the world, inspiring women and celebrating their achievements. ‘Make It Happen’ is the 2015 theme, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women. In honor of this, First Republic Bank would like to share the inspiring perspectives of some of our exceptional female clients.

Sara Matarazzo started her business, WALKER, because she loves music and wanted to take control of her destiny. WALKER creates music for film, TV and commercials; it's a high pressure, fast turnaround, and highly creative industry. They deal with musicians, film studios, ad agencies, TV networks and major brands all of which typically speak different languages when it comes to describing the music they want for their projects. We spoke with Sara about her business, being in the music industry and advice for those starting out.

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Being a mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and business owner.

2. If you could turn the clock back to when you were starting your career, what advice would you give yourself? 

I always knew what I wanted to do, so I went out and did it. I had ideas of what would make me happy and hoped it could be considered a career. I do see a trend now with young professionals where they aren’t putting in the time and patience you need to learn a craft, and the joy that comes with having a skill set and working hard at it. Instant gratification usually doesn't run parallel with success. Sitting around waiting for someone to notice you or see the talent in you doesn't happen. You need to get out there, work hard and don't give up on the goals you set for yourself.

3. Who has been a role model to you in your life/career and why?

Firstly, my mom and dad. They are so passionate about music. My mom was supportive of whatever I wanted to do and my dad gave me my first job in the music industry. When I was a DJ my role models were DJ Soul Slinger, who owned the store Liquid Sky in New York City, and a friend Gabriel Hunter – they were supportive of my DJing even though there were no girl DJs spinning records back in the early 90s. When I ditched the decks and went for the “real” job with insurance I would say Karl Westman. He is the head of the music department at Ogilvy & Mather and he took a chance on a DJ! He taught me how to be fair in an industry that can be hard on its vendors. And then my husband - he is the voice of reason and wisdom, and a steady, straight-up good egg. He helps me to be a professional in every way.

4. This year's theme for international women's day is 'make it happen', encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women. What do you think is the most important action a woman can take in her life to meet her own vision for success?

I never waited around for things to come. I knew in the beginning that I wanted a career in a community made up of mostly men and I didn't let it stop me. Also support other women. I know it can seem like there is only room for one woman to advance but that's just silly. It’s not a competition.

5. What would you like your legacy to be?

She came, she saw, she lived, she loved, she gave, she conquered.