We had the good fortune of connecting with Casey Bee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Casey, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue a creative career because my previous career kind of forced my hand, or maybe God forced my hand. In full disclosure, I was fired from my previous job because I refused to do something they requested for me to do because I did not agree with it. At the time, I was working my full-time job and creating DJ mixes and playlists on the side as a creative outlet and side hustle. I was also miserable and exhausted. Deep down I dreamed of quitting that job and pursuing DJing and Music entertainment as a career but didn’t have the guts to do it. Standing my ground on my decision to not do what my job requested was important for me to do morally, but I also think it was God’s way of telling me it was time to take the leap. This just happened recently so I by no means have it all figured out, however, right now I can easily say it was the best decision I could’ve made. I am now able to spend my days creating, which is my ultimate dream. My friend suggested that I take my talents to Tik Tok, and I’m shocked at how many people enjoy what I create. It was the nudge I needed to realize that I am not crazy for pursuing this. I can spend hours creating mixes, blends, and music montages to post without feeling like I’m working. For once in my life, I made a decision for myself and I truly believe it will pay off. I regret nothing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art revolves around music! I create DJ mixes and blends on Soundcloud, I curate playlists on Apple and Spotify, and I DJ at private events, business events, and bars but…
My newfound love is creating video montages/collages about different music artists using their interviews, music videos, etc., which I post on Tik Tok!
I am super excited about how well those videos are doing on there! The idea of making these videos came from a desperate attempt at coming up with something to share on Instagram after a Kanye mix I spent days creating was blocked for copyright the day before I planned to post it. I ended up getting positive feedback from the last minute montage I made and my friend, Martha, suggested I post it to Tik Tok. I posted it and overnight I ended up with 25k views. Like, excuse me? Tik Tok is wild.
I say all that to say that at 33 years old, I have finally given myself permission to dream and believe that it can come true. I’ve been overly practical for way too long and it’s time to exist outside the box. Challenges will come, and they will also go. I’m now choosing to be present and grateful for each moment of each day. I don’t have time to worry anymore. Breathing is a gift. It’s time to live, baybeee!
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’m that friend that will be googling places to go right along with my friend. I moved to LA 2 years ago from Virginia, months before the pandemic shut us down soooo…my knowledge is limited. However, there are a few places that are at the top of mind.
My personal pick is always hiking. I’m an outdoorsy girl, so we’re hitting up a few hiking trails if it were up to me. I personally love the Fern Dell Nature Trail for the views from the Griffith Observatory, or The Mount Lee Trail which takes you right behind the Hollywood Sign (that’s for the friend that likes a good workout), or if we want to get fancy, we can go to Escondido Canyon in Malibu because the trail is beautiful, riding down the PCH never gets old, and we can always leave the trail and head straight to the beach.
Speaking of beaches, I love a good bonfire during sunset at Dockweiler Beach. I also like the idea of bringing your own snacks, drinks, games and music. It’s a perfect combo.
Also, we’ll have to catch a comedy show called Chocolate Sundaes at the Laugh Factory on Sunday. It never disappoints.
Now restaurants? That’s a struggle, especially as a vegetarian. There are definitely more options in LA, but a lot of those options haven’t wow-ed me, so I’m not much help in that department. Yelp will do the trick.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people to shout out, but I would like send a special shout out my big sister, Tara. The original music guru. We’re 6 years apart so we weren’t always best buddies growing up, but I was always watching her (maybe telling on her too). She introduced me to a lot of music directly and indirectly. I used to sneak into her room and try on her clothes and listen to her CDs alllll the time! She had a crazy hip-hop/rap CD collection and I was curious enough to listen to them all. Imagine me at 11 years old taking deep dive listens to Mobb Deep and Outkast, reading the lyrics in the booklet and everything. I was a sponge and music naturally piqued my interest. She cultivated my knowledge in music and for that she deserves the biggest shoutout.
Of course, I also have to shout out the best parents in the whole wide world, my parents, for always supporting me and showing me what unconditional love really is. They are everything to me, EVERYTHING! Every time I listen to Tony Toni Tone and Chante Moore, I think of y’all.
My boyfriend, Darrin, for buying my first DJ controller after I casually mentioned I wanted to learn how to DJ. Thank you for opening my world up, recognizing and supporting my creative gifts, and inspiring me to even consider this route.
I also want to shout out all my close friends for always supporting me, making me laugh, and lifting me up during my dramatic moments! I cherish y’all and love y’all!