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Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Trev: When I make an impact on someone else’s day in a positive way. When I have the opportunity to connect with a person in a way that inspires them or encourages them, I feel most alive and inspired. This is why I do music. I write about what I’m going through, and if that can sync with my viewers and listeners’ hearts in some form, I feel successful, alive, and inspired.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

T: Opening up my private secrets or experiences with someone that I value, knowing that they may not approve and leave me because of it.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

T: Dream big. Be your own shape, be your own color. Don’t live in fear. Be confident. Be humble. Care less about others’ validation of you as long as you’re being authentic and genuine in expressing who you are. Love everyone fully and equally.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

T: It’s important to embrace the feeling that pain gives and not neglect or bury it. Then I choose the wisest way to go about confronting the source of pain with love.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

T: I try to choose to respond and not react in negative situations. But I also count my blessings. When I begin to think of all the positive details in my life—from a meal in my stomach, a pillow to sleep on, a blue sky—then work my way up to the bigger things, such as the positive people in my life, I begin to realize that all these first-world problems are absolutely nothing to stress about.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

T: Love yourself. I’m not saying “Be in love with yourself” and full of pride or selfishness. But genuinely love the skin you’re in, flaws and all. You’re made the way you are for a reason, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Be confident in your individuality. You can’t fully or truly love others if you don’t love yourself.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

T: Love never fails.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

T: My new cover-version single, “Sex and Candy,” was just released on radio across the US. It’s soon to be followed up by a few original singles off of my upcoming full album to be released in 2015. I’m also doing many shows and setting up a tour. My time’s consumed with being in the recording studio, music videos, photo shoots, interviews, red carpets, etc., with this new Trev wave that’s hitting.

MP: Why are these important to you?

T: Because my Trev tribe is most important to me! It’s all about my followers. I connect with my followers by telling my stories as their stories continue to inspire me back.

Trevor “Trev” Forsman is best known for his single “I Just Want You.” His new cover song, “Sex and Candy,” is out on iTunes.

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