We had the good fortune of connecting with Barrett Crake and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Barrett, how do you think about risk?
Looking back I can see how several steps I’ve taken along the way would seem risky : Quitting my stable desk job at CBS to pursue Acting is the first example. But in my head I didn’t have a choice. I knew I needed to try the creative path to see where it would lead. I was frightened of the change but the excitement outweighed it. As the saying so plainly states…there’s no reward without risk but thats what makes them exciting to me. The most recent example is moving to Portugal. It’s been years in the making and is a big risk to start over in a new country. There are so many challenges to my comfort zone almost every day but thats what keeps me feeling alive. That feeling of endless possibility keeps me dreaming and I plan to never give that up.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I write songs, produce them, create music videos and release it all to the world thanks to the internet. (…and recently my label). I am so grateful to be living in a time that allows independent artists to be their own bosses. It’s a huge blessing. That being said, it has not been easy.
I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Since I’m a self-diagnosed “people pleaser” I’ve learned that I would do what other people felt was appropriate to please them and not me. Luckily that didn’t last too long. I was going to do things my own way.
However, I’m still chipping away at that people pleasing behavior. My biggest challenge now is staying focused on what I’m good at instead of thinking and wishing I could be good at everything.
This creative road so far has taken me from acting to dancing and to singing. Each has so many avenues to discover that my biggest challenge was focusing in on the one that brought me the most joy.
Singing is the biggest thrill in the world. It’s the expression of the soul. When I’m feeling sad I love to sing. When I’m feeling excited I love to sing. But how to make a career out of it? I’m still learning that but the bottom line is that if you have the joy, love and determination of something all of the sacrifices will be worth it.
I make music for myself first. At this point I can’t NOT make songs. These songs are made to lift myself up… to put life’s lessons and journeys into 3-4 minutes of self expression. If other people like them too that’s icing on the cake.
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.
I lived in Korea Town for the last 6 years so I’d start with a walking tour of my neighborhood of Country Club Park. Lunch at Cevicheria followed by a bike ride to the Washington/Expo train where we’d hop on and head to the beach. One of my favorite spots in Los Angeles is the outdoor calisthenics gym underneath Santa Monica Pier. The laid back workout atmosphere is the best… and then those sunsets! I’m also a movie lover so I would insist seeing the latest IMAX movie at the famous Chinese theater IMAX on Hollywood. And if there was time… Disneyland. Duh.
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’ve done so many types of self-help along my journey. From countless books like the “Power of Now”, workshops, therapy and even a 6 month leadership course. I’m always looking to understand and better myself. But none of these comes close to showing me my full potential compared to my partner Danny Lockwood. We’ve been together for almost 9 years and through this time he’s taught me to trust my instincts, challenged and raised my creative standards all while thinking bigger (I didn’t know that was possible!). I wouldn’t be here without him.