We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooke Dabalos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooke, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Creativity requires risk taking, and constantly practicing bravery. I don’t think that it ever gets easier to put myself out there. Every time I start a new project, make a post on social media, or share anything with the general public, I am taking a risk. There is always a level of nervousness because I know I’m doing something important. I am being vulnerable, and to me that is a strength. This year especially, without the ability to perform in front of an audience in person, I realized that I needed to get over my fear of being on camera. Social media became the stage. So in that way, on top of the many creative risks and leaps I’ve taken since starting my artistic journey, learning how to perform and speak on camera, while a challenge, did not seem insurmountable. Since the passion and love for creating art is there, taking risks is less daunting. Because I feel a calling to share, to express, and hopefully heal people with what I do, I’m willing to be out there, despite the many fears and reasons to hide in the background. Every risk I’ve taken personally or creatively has exercised the muscle of risk taking, so even if I am apprehensive about being seen, the muscle is stronger than it ever has been now. In light of the pandemic, and the potential risk of death that looms over all humans, I think that the only failure would be not trying to live my creative destiny. Life is a risk. And I only share what is honest and true, so that fortifies my work. Even if it’s scrutinized, I would rather say I put it out there than silence the many gifts I was born to share.
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 am a persistent creative multitasker. I am a musician, visual artist, songwriter, poet, author, psychic medium, and business owner. I have gotten to where I am today because I am not afraid to juggle and not afraid to try new things. While music was my first love, I have never limited myself to one area of focus or form of creative expression. While to some that could mean I’m a “master of none” I believe that my ability to oscillate between creative mediums helps keep my inspiration flowing. I have been doing psychic readings for the public for 8 years now, and writing music for 15 years. I feel that my experience hearing the stories and deep descriptions of people’s experiences has really influenced the work I create. I have witnessed so many people in the midst of transformation, and that adds depth to my writing. My goal with anything I create is to tell the human story, not just my own. And so I am grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to connect with and support so many people all over the world with my intuitive advice and spiritual tools. I think the greatest lesson I’ve learned along the way for my businesses: as a musician, author, and a healer, is that you really can’t make a mistake. You can only learn and do better next time. The other thing I’ve learned is that trying to “be cool” or do something just because it is on trend eventually gets old. And so through my creative and entrepreneurial journey, I’ve made authenticity the forefront of what I do. If I stop feeling inspired by something, and if it is no longer true, I am willing to move on in service of something that is more aligned. I think the greatest challenges I face have to do with remaining flexible and not letting my fears take the wheel. I do my best to be in conversation with my ego to make sure it is not running the show, and to check it when it is running amok. My brand and story is constantly evolving, and I am of the mind that if people can guess what I’m going to do next then I am doing it wrong! Because I have to keep it interesting. And the most joy I’ve felt is when I’m moving between all of the different forms of expression that I love.
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?
I think if someone was coming to Brooklyn to visit me, I would take them on what I call a “wander.” On this wander, which I do often by myself, I pick a destination, sometimes a park or a shop, or some final spot, and I walk there from my apartment. I remain unattached to the destination but it just offers me a direction. So with this person, I’d walk with them, and let us be led by what interests us along the way. Stop for a coffee, and see where the wind takes us. I enjoy walking through New York, for the people watching and taking in the art that is everywhere. It is always an adventure, even if I don’t end up at the final destination. My favorite places this summer to wander to were Domino Park, Prospect Park, and The Battery in Manhattan.
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’d like to give a shout-out to one of my friends and mentors Mark Whitfield. We met right before I moved to New York, and ever since then, he has provided me with support, advice, and inspiration to continue on this wild artistic path. He was the first person to tell me that I needed to move to New York. He is an incredible artist, and an even better friend and advocate. My favorite bit of advice that he shared, that changed everything for me and my work this year was, “Perfection is honesty in the moment.” Those words have gone on to soothe my perfectionist tendencies and get me out of my own way so many times. I am truly grateful to be connected to Mark, and also to witness his musical journey. I likely wouldn’t be where I am today without his support.
1st image by Chad Johnson 2nd Image by Amy Dabalos