We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Beatriz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Life is a box full of surprises and if I needed to choose only one word to conquer all the challenges we go through in different seasons, it would be FLEXIBILITY. This is all we need if we want to pursue a life worth living because every time we choose a path, there will be risks and how we deal with them will make the whole difference during our journey. I grew up in Brazil with my mom, brother and sister. I am the youngest. I’ve always loved the feeling of “family” and didn’t realize I was so attached to them emotionally that I became co-dependent. I am a singer-songwriter and musician and I’ve always wanted to study music somewhere outside my comfort zone. One day, when I was about 26, I had the opportunity to move to the United States to study for 1 year. I made that decision with a boyfriend at that time. I couldn’t believe I was pursuing one of my dreams and. was actually leaving everything I knew behind, including language and culture, and a very sweet family. I never thought things would change during this one year. My boyfriend and I broke up and I saw myself completely lonely, not knowing if I should stay or if I should go back to my country. I had no friends or family because I was in the US for only 3 months at the time. I decided to stay and put all my efforts into my studies and on working at the school I was attending (which was a music school). When that 1 year came to an end, I realized so many doors were opened for me in the Music Industry so I decided to stay longer and I applied for all the visas possible after my student visa. I had to be flexible during the season I had my heart broken. I had to be flexible and live without a car for many months, in a shared studio with an air mattress, a drawer and my piano. I had to be flexible when I realized the opportunities here were getting bigger and were being presented more often. I had to let myself go and learn who I was through the process. The process of becoming is never ending. ‘
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a singer-songwriter from Brazil who decided to come to the United States to pursue Music. I am blessed to have had to work with big names like Stevie Wonder and A.R. Rahman. The journey was not easy as we, foreigners, need to apply for visas and be approved in order to be in a different country. I am grateful for all the friends and musicians that were and are part of my life. Going through an Artist Visa is way more challenging than just applying for a tourist visa. Pursuing my dream in America made me a stronger person and artist. Brazilian culture is surrounded by family (as most latino cultures are) and leaving my family behind to come to a completely strange country, learn their language and culture was not an easy task. I am thankful that we are able to communicate through the internet – technology made it possible – otherwise I am not sure if I would be able to make a life here without them. If you have a dream, pursue it. Like Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many amazing places in LA but I must say, one of my favorites is the “Americana at Brand” in Glendale. You can totally spend the whole day shopping and going to the best restaurants in the area and they are completely different from each other culturally (some favorites: Din Tai Fung, Granville and Frida Mexican). At Americana you have so many options for shopping and if that’s not enough you can cross the street and go to Glendale Galleria – more and more shopping, more and more food. I also love the Beach. Zuma Beach is really beautiful and peaceful but you cannot forget to go to Santa Monica, not only the Beach is gorgeous, they also have a pier with restaurants, street artists, live music and a mini carnival where you can go with friends and or kids. Later you can stop by at the Downtown and 3rd where you will find the Promenade; more shopping, more live music and lots of fun if you are with your family, your lover or with your friends. There are many places to go around from restaurants to hotels and clubs. There is so much to do like hike to the Hollywood sign, visit Venice beach, take a drive up the coast to Santa Barbara or drive down south and stop at Disneland on your way to San Diego, watch a movie or catch a concert at the Hollywood bowl.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to my family that have always believed in me and supported all the decisions along the way and specially to my hubby Vinnie.I also would like to thank some friends: Melody, Chris, Lutz’s family, Luna’s family, Ronna, Ashley, Jennifer, Mary and Dale, Dennis and Mia, A.R. Rahman. Big thanks to Musicians Institute, Oasis Church and Bridge Church,
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