We had the good fortune of connecting with Bea Goodwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bea, what are you inspired by?
With each passing year, I am inspired by different things, more things. Every time I travel, I am inspired. Each time I read a book about a new decade or place, (historical fiction is my favorite!) I’m inspired. A new type of meal to make? Inspired. Fashion, paintings, the cosmos — they all appear in my work.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I write stories and I bring them to life! I feel incredibly lucky to do what I do and in the medium I chose to do it in. Each project, I am working with different composers that know my voice and singers that have become like family to me — a family that is ever-growing, for sure. The work we do is so unique and special because we have such a deep bond. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Sure, I will highlight the champagne toasts and reviews of my shows but very rarely the insomnia, the debilitating doubt, nor the emotional and mental difficulties attached to my work. And maybe I should. My biggest lessons hands down is to be your own advocate. No one will willingly advocate for you, your art, your discipline 24/7. It is much richer and more authentic when it comes from you anyway. Make your work honest, your practices ethical, call out crap when you see it. You are worth it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We get friends from New York all the time in the winter months. As far as coffee goes- I take everyone to Lavender and Honey in Pasadena. Then we’d certainly head over to Echo Park and go on the swan boats. Next, its DTLA where no trip is complete without a visit to The Last Book Shop and a walk into the Arts District where I have yet to have a bad meal wherever I pop into — lets be honest. Beer and sausage at Wurstküche. This would be followed up by a fun night at 2 Bit Circus for the best VR games I have ever played.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shout out my writer’s group — they welcomed me to LA when I moved here from NYC and have been the most amazing sounding board for all my work. They are the greatest.

Website: begoodwin.com
Instagram: @be_goodwin
Facebook: facebook.com/busybeaopera

Image Credits
Brian Long, Lucas Godlewski

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