The irony of choosing a vocational path as an artist and songwriter is that you’re probably a highly perceptive, empathetic, and sensitive, creative personality— yet you wake one day to find yourself laboring in a music industry where thick skin is required because rejection is the rule and nothing is certain. Very few artists ever arrive. Most walk a high-wire balancing act for the length of their careers. The decision to pursue art-making is often, in itself, a step of faith. And that step of faith has to be worked out in small, daily increments, stewarding one’s artistic gifts, while weathering the constant ups and downs of an industry that offers anything but security. At first blush one might think such tension would kill any real art-making. But for some artists—including singer/songwriter Lindsay McCaul—it’s actually the ongoing tension of existing in that vulnerable space that makes their expressions more human, powerful and relatable.