It took spending a night in a Malaysian jail cell for Maggie Lindemann to find her purpose as an artist. “I was performing and someone tried telling me to get off stage in the middle of a song,” Lindemann says. “I got off and people from immigration told us I didn’t have the right papers to perform there. I was really scared and we ended up getting taken to the immigration center and got booked. I was in a jail cell for over 24 hours and then we were on house arrest in the hotel for five days until they finally let us go back to the U.S.”
Lindemann continues to experience anxiety to this day from the harrowing ordeal, but the experience left a positive mark on her as well. “Coming home from Malaysia really sparked something in me,” Lindemann shares. “It made me realize that if I’m not doing exactly what I want to be doing, then it’s not worth it. If crazy shit is going to happen to me, I want to at least be having a great time and doing exactly what I want to do.”
Long before she found herself in a prison cell thousands of miles from home, Lindemann was a teenage pop singer posting cover songs to social media. “Before Instagram had video, there was an app called Keek and I would make singing videos on there,” Lindemann says. “My manager actually saw a video of me singing on there and got in touch with my parents.”
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