We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Lind and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, why did you pursue a creative career?
Honestly, I grew up in a home of addiction, watched my parents argue and fight in ways no child should ever have to deal with. I had no real stability, all I knew was I loved creating, it’s where I felt the safest and because I didn’t have somewhere that was safe and stable, I think I seek it out daily in my art, and that was more important than making a lot of money. So I chose the only thing I felt I had left, my art and a creative career.
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.
Honestly, I’m most proud of everything I’ve done since losing both my parents. I don’t think most people realize what a win it is for me to just get out bed every single day and that’s me just being brutally honest because my brand is all about being vulnerable. While society has groomed us to take a day and move on with our feelings right away, we as humans don’t naturally work like that, nor do we deserve that. I kept working because it was all I had left to keep me going, but I made sure to learn how to slow down. With slowing down, I learned how to listen to myself, my needs, my wants and how I wanted to live my life. One being, I wanted to write for me again. I got caught up in trying to be what people suggested, what everyone thought the world wanted, and I forgot I had a voice. These next 6 months I’ll be continuing to release a EP on the stages of grief which can be perceived about family members, or even grieving a breakup, a friendship. With everything that has happened this year in 2020, I’m hoping people hear my music and perhaps understand it a bit more. I somehow feel less alone. My life has been an uphill battle, a childhood of co-dependency and addicts, a mother who was homeless at the end of her life, the shame and the guilt that followed that after her death. I bring this up not to say, woe is me, but to truly demonstrate how without music, I’d most likely be dead. My love for music is something I’ll never be able to communicate with words, but I hope to do through my songs in the next year. Pain is fuel and art is healing. I think through all of this, I’ve learned how short and precious life is, which may sound so cliche, but truly, it pushes me to go for what I want to spend my time on in this one life. How can I help people? How can my music help? I really am excited to connect to more and more people one fan at a time and make music that hopefully brings people to their own safehouse like it did for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the beach. I’d definitely go out to Malibu and eat at Neptune’s Net. It reminds me of the east coast. A friend of mine owns this amazingggg sandwich spot called Oui on Melrose. We’d definitely have to do a rooftop downtown and a hike somewhere, perhaps the Hollywood Sign ? After that I’d make them go to The Baked Potato every night to hang with my crew, live jazz, a spot that’s been open for 50 years.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor Anthony Verdugo. He took me under his wing right when my mom died. He’s been a manager, a mentor, a step in dad, a brother, a mother, a therapist. He truly has been there at my darkest hours and I always joke with him about how much he means to me, but I never get to recognize him. This one’s for you friend!
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