We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Long and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think taking risks in life only progresses you forward and makes you a stronger, wiser and experienced human being. Sure, not all risks are worth it but for the one’s you’re willing to take, you grow in a way you might not even realize. As a kid/teenager, I had a fear of heights. One time I was at Knott’s Berry Farm with my girlfriend in high school and she really wanted me to ride a terrifying roller coaster with her but my fear was holding me back. It was a fear of death, fear of falling out of my seat, fear of crying in front of people, fear of my head getting chopped off. You know…real crazy thoughts. Eventually, I decided to face that fear and get on the roller coaster. And once we got off, we went right back on a 2nd time because I couldn’t wait to do it again. This ended up breaking my fear of heights.
I use this example a lot because it paved the way for me to take more risks later in my life. Whether that’s taking a job with a well-established artist/musician and being afraid of the results coming out terribly, or taking a new route to your work without using Google Maps because you want a change of scenery and to see if this new route works out better than the one you always take.
I truly believe we all need to trust our instincts more because nothing is certain, so why not go with your gut if it feels right? When you take risks, you gain life experience not just as a professional but as a human navigating this floating rock in space that we like to call Earth. So take a risk some time, you might surprise yourself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As stated before, my friend Jason exposed me to the world of music in 2007. A few years later, I started a band and eventually became a tour assistant. When that fell apart, I started teaching myself electronic music production which led me to enrolling in college for music.
I took risks, trusted my gut and had to experience some obstacles of failure to get to where I am today. I think the biggest lesson I learned along the way was to not listen to everyone’s advice and instead trust my own instinct. If you do this, you forge your own path and not someone else’s.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first place I would take them is Ventura Blvd in Studio City. I spent a lot of my youth in this area and there’s so many great restaurants and bars on Ventura. Specifically, I love Granville, The Sherman, Laurel Tavern, Kiwami Sushi and Sugarfish. These are the places I would take my best friend.
I think the most fun, interesting, exciting people, places or things to check out are manifested from the unexpected. Sure, you can say we will go eat at this restaurant and then go drink at that bar, but you never know who you will meet that night. Or the conversations you will have. Or the moments you don’t see coming. There’s a beauty in randomness and the unknown.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout-out one of my oldest friends, Jason Nott. I became close friends with Jason in 2007 and watching his growth as a musician, songwriter and artist inspired me to take my own musical path in life. I don’t think I would have pursued music if it wasn’t for Jason.
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Outdoor photos by Vinny Macias Indoor/Studio photos by Victoria Long