Chilean singer-songwriter, activist, festival organizer, Pulsar Award-winning, and all-around bad-ass human Francisca Valenzuela recently debuted the music video for her new single, “Hola Impostora,” in which she shares her thoughts and personal experience regarding the subject.
“It is a song I wrote to silence that voice inside my head that says, ‘you’re not enough!'” explains the San Francisco-born and raised electro-pop/rock artist says in press material. “As women, sometimes we feel like we need to be perfect at our job, with our loved ones, with society… If not, we are unworthy of love or acceptance. We judge and compare ourselves and it is really hard for ourselves to celebrate our accomplishments and show the world what we are capable of!”
Imposter syndrome is a form of “intellectual self-doubt” first written about in the ’70s. As the American Psychological Association explains:
“First described by psychologists Suzanne Imes, Ph.D., and Pauline Rose Clance, Ph.D., in the 1970s, impostor phenomenon occurs among high achievers who are unable to internalize and accept their success. They often attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability and fear that others will eventually unmask them as fraud. … Though the impostor phenomenon isn’t an official diagnosis listed in the DSM, psychologists and others acknowledge that it is a very real and specific form of intellectual self-doubt. Impostor feelings are generally accompanied by anxiety and, often, depression.”
From Psychology Today:
“People who struggle with imposter syndrome believe that they are undeserving of their achievements and the high esteem in which they are, in fact, generally held. They feel that they aren’t as competent or intelligent as others might think–and that soon enough, people will discover the truth about them. Those with imposter syndrome are often well accomplished; they may hold high office or have numerous academic degrees.”
It’s great to see this being addressed and also that some artists aren’t shying away from expressing themselves creatively while at the same time shining a light on undiscussed topics. This opens up the opportunity to delve into these topics even further. What about disorders related to anxiety, depression, or severe traumas? Bipolar disorder? What about just needing to clock out for a minute and not feeling guilty about it? That’s a thing, y’all. That is a thing. And if you can’t relate, that is okay as well.
May it inspire you to express yourself and may it be as picturesque as “Hola Impostora.” (By the way, I love the ‘do. It is everything.)
I appreciate Francisca’s fight for equity, equality, and basic human rights. Musically, I can’t help but dig that Tori-esque vibe we get from Francisca. Perhaps it’s the piano-driven pop-song compositions, or the unadorned, authentic vocals. All of it combined, especially her early stuff, adds another layer of femme-fronted power into my life’s soundtrack.
Check out this video playlist of Francisca’s musical career throughout the years…
About Francisca Valenzuela
Over on La Enciclopedia de la Música Chilena, part of their write-up about Francisca says:
“Buen soldado (2011) and Tajo abierto (2014) were new milestones in her consolidation as a pop singer-songwriter, increasingly comfortable working with electronic sequences (as in ‘Prenderemos fuego al cielo,’ one of her best singles), and now definitively launched to international diffusion. Francisca Valenzuela lives part of the year in the United States, where she has said she does not rule out a priority promotion for songs in English.
“Francisca Valenzuela maintains however important projects in Santiago, as was in 2016 the realization of ‘Ruidosa Fest’ first meeting held in Chile to make visible the work of female singers and professionals in the local music industry, which then lined up artists such as Camila Moreno, Javiera Mena, Denise Rosenthal, Natisú, Fakuta, and Tomasa del Real, among others.
“In 2020 she had a decisive participation in the Viña del Mar Festival, in the context of the social outburst, the stage where she presented her most mature album, La Fortaleza, which the following year would consolidate her in major spheres of the Chilean music industry by winning three Pulsar awards.”