We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Francisco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I see risk as a necessary and unavoidable part of life. There are two things on the other side of risk; failure or success. Some of the biggest risks I taken have either lead to my greatest successes or my life’s biggest lessons. Furthermore, some of my life’s most unfulfilled moments were times of avoiding risk out of fear of failure and pursuit of comfort. In many ways by playing it safe, you’re already choosing failure of attaining what you truly want. The scarier the risk, the bigger the reward. It’s important to learn to distinguish the difference between risk-taking and recklessness, which I think comes with trial and error; Taking-risks, succeeding, taking-risks, messing up and learning from your experiences, repeat. Lastly, you have to have faith and believe that there’s nothing that you can’t endure.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. I draw inspiration from many genres and experiences when it comes to my writing style. Music has always been an escape for me so my goal when creating is to make something that either takes you out of the space you’re in for a few minutes or compliments the mood of whatever setting you’re trying to create for yourself. I always keep the listener in mind. I just want to make music that feels good and people can relate to. When I’m not writing my own music, I offer my talents as a muti-instrumentalist and music director in collaboration with other artists for creative projects in the studio and live performances. I got to where I am today through perseverance and grit. Pursuing a career in the arts can be an unforgiving, lonely place at times. It doesn’t come without hardships but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else in this world. Every challenge I’ve faced, every roadblock, every set back, every sacrifice, lost relationships, grief, heartache, every time I wanted to give up, the love of music and belief in my god-given talents fueled my fire to keep going. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is; everyone has their story, and everything has its timing. It’s easy to get so caught up in comparing your journey to others and focusing on getting to the “next level” in your career, that you fail to appreciate the moments that you hoped and prayed would arrive when they do come. Be patient, and believe in yourself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ooh this is a tough one! I split my time between Northern and Southern California so it would depend on what part of the Golden State you were to catch me in. I’m a foodie and another passion of mine is cooking so I can talk food all day. If it’s home up North in the Bay Area, my “must eats” are: Lumpia Company in Oakland, CA or Pono Hawaiian Kitchen and Tap in Santa Cruz, CA . It’s not a trip to Southern California if I don’t eat at “Da Hawaiian Kitchen” in Huntington Beach or “SushiWorld” in Cypress, CA. For drinks in the Bay Area my go to spots are Beer Baron in Livermore CA or 55 South in San Jose. My spots in the LA area are The Basement Tavern in Santa Monica and Lock and Key on Vermont St. Dessert would be “Fenton’s Creamery” in Oakland or “Afters Ice Cream” in Long Beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this to to my mom and dad. While they always encouraged me to strive for more, they never discouraged me from following my dreams or tried to shape me into being anything other than “me” when it came to my creative passions. Through all the bad garage bands, loud music, trips to music/instrument shop, late night shows, or watching me go through the struggles of a starving artist throughout my career, I always had their support. Also, a huge shout out to all of my family, friends fans who continue to push me to reach my potential and support my music, I love you all!
Ron Koffeman, Austin Monte, @theycallmethecaptain