We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Beth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks, in my opinion, are a fundamental part of reaching success. For example, when I was in London, I got asked by a friend to try live-streaming to China. Most people would ignore this opportunity and not want to waste their time trying it. However, I decided to take the leap and try it, and within a few weeks, I had thousands of viewers. I decided to invest more time in it by teaching myself Chinese as well as learning to sing Chinese songs to better communicate with the viewers. Within the next 2 months I reached an audience over 110,000 people simultaneously watching and giving gifts to my account. In the process, I gained many friends and fans, both virtually and in reality, and gained a fanbase interested in my music. If I never took the risk and tried it, I never would have opened this new doorway to a whole new world of opportunities.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve grown up as a pianist and a songwriter – and it wasn’t until I started live-streaming to China that I gained confidence as a singer as well. Part of what I do that is a little different than other artists in the US my age is that I also sing in Chinese, and have sang many songs in different languages. I enjoy connecting to the whole word through music.
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.
If my best friend was visiting, I’d tell her lets take a trip to the High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia. The bottom of the mountains are extremely beautiful, but my favorite part is at the top. There is a little platform at the very peak of the mountain overlooking the whole mountainside, covered in beautiful colors of blue and white. The air is clear and crisp you could hear a pin drop from how quiet it is. We would stay a week in a beautiful hotel/cabin-like area and eat and drink local food.
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?
My mom also took a risk and helped me livestream to China – she was the videographer and also helped chat with the audience while I live-streamed. Without her and her support, I wouldn’t be where I am today!