We had the good fortune of connecting with Beck Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beck, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In order to be a successful band, you need to have a brand. I decided to go forward with my musical business escapade and trademarked my name.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I went to film school at UNCW to be a smart actor. After moving from the Carolina coast to the coast of California, I found the acting industry to be challenging despite joining the SAG/AFTRA union within a year. Finally, I was cast in a role as an androgynous sailor. Within finding that character, I discovered I could write music with the piano/synth thus creating the song “I’m Just a Sailor” that became the theme song of the short film.
The industry road is narrow, and keeps getting more narrow. But the journey is the fun part even when the path is unseen within the darkness. The path is always there.
The number one lesson along the way is one of the four agreements, “Don’t Take Things Personally..”
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.
The Hotel Roosevelt is one of my favorite haunts. When you’re there, take a jaunt along Hollywood Blvd to Musso & Frank’s for a martini and a menu that dates back to the 1920’s.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Lina Lacaro, editor of LA Weekly
Photo by Claire Mallett Artwork by Royce Richmond