We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloe Perrier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chloe, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I believe that I can’t move forward without taking risks. I wouldn’t be where I am, if I hadn’t taken any risks. The biggest risk I took was moving to NYC. I was comfortable in Paris, working regularly as an actress and a singer, but something was missing so I had to take a risk to make a change. I arrived with my visa & microphone without speaking the language, and a year later, after some English classes and adventures, I was already making a living as a singer in NYC at the best venues, and at the fanciest private parties. 10 years ago I would never have imagined living and making a career in the US! As an actress and a singer, if you don’t take risks, nothing happens. Even in the choices you make within your art. Without risks, art can be boring.
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 Jazz singer and actress. I began acting as a kid, I did theatre, TV, and movies. I am writing my first feature film in which I will act and sing. The singing came later on when I wanted to keep making art between acting projects. I didn’t like waiting between projects. And singing became my second love 😉 I’ve released two albums. “Coeur de Francaise” in France & “Petite Fleur” in the US which I released last October with my French Heart Jazz Band at the beautiful Cutting Room in NYC. It’s a mix of French Chanson and jazz standards from the 20s to the 40s with a continental flare. I am really proud of it and love the musicians I worked with. I moved to LA prematurely in January during my last west coast tour. Everything fell apart because of the pandemic, when all my gigs in NYC & Los Angeles were canceled. I had to reinvent myself. Not being able to perform drove me crazy so I began performing in front of the house for my neighbours and my fans online. This led me to plan the opening of my company “Bring the Jazz Club to You”. You can book virtual and live shows on the grass (in front of people’s houses). I am also building my home studio for vocals and voice overs, and helping my boyfriend build his photo studio in the garage. Nothing can stop us from being creative, not even a pandemic! I’ve learned to never give up! When I am singing, I just want to make people happy. I want them to travel somewhere else for the time of the show, and forget all of their problems. I like to act as if I’m a time travel machine, and the first stop is Paris circa 1930. I am also a team person, I like to work with people whom I admire and who bring their personality to the project. I know what I want, but I am always open to suggestions. I always choose musicians who respect my universe, but bring their own as well. When I am acting, I want to disappear into the character. I want people to forget that it’s me and just see the character that I create. (I like to use part of me that people don’t know about… haha). It’s really relaxing for me. The further the character is away from who I am, the more fun it is for me. I love being directed. With my jazz band, I am the “boss”, I have to direct and decide almost everything. So when I am acting, I am happy to let go, and be the instrument of someone else’s dream.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First day you can go on a hike to Topanga canyon, take the trail on the right – it will bring you to an incredible view where you can see the Ocean! Pack a picnic and water. It’s a 3 hour walk (I walk slowly because I like to take in all the flowers, birds and butterflies haha) The second day I would go to the Getty museum for another amazing view and a beautiful collection (they just reopened) . You can spend a good afternoon there! The third day go to the beach to relax a bit, my favourite beach is El Matador but it can be busy at sunset. Last time I went there I was surprised by two cute seals! On the fourth day I would go to the Griffith observatory for another amazing view! I am obsessed with views! It gives me a sensation of freedom! You can visit it and go for a hike, there is an amazing little place The Trails for snacks with delicious pies and cookies (even for me who am gluten/dairy free), don’t miss it! First time I was there, I ate two in a row because it was so delicious! The fifth and sixth day, I would go see a drive-in concert in Joshua Tree National Park at Mon Petit Mojave and get an Airbnb for the night to visit the park and the amazing outdoor sculpture museum Noah Purifoy there too. My favorite restaurants for a romantic night are Le Petit Paris for delicious French food and Faith & Flowers (both downtown), just delicious. For a romantic drink and great acoustic music by Jason Fabus after your dinner, go to Château Marmont on Wednesday night. For a friendly French bistro vibe La Poubelle brings me back to France too. You can go clubbing after at Pour Vous, I love their Swingtronic night once a month on Wednesday. I also love the Edison downtown for dancing, this venue is incredible. For a trip to the 30s, The Cicada is the best! Dress up, and enjoy it! I was invited to sing there by Jack’s Cats and it was a magical night! I hope to perform there soon too! My favorite Vietnamese for something quick and delicious is Nyonla on LaBrea in Hollywood. My favorite Jazz Club in LA is Herb Alpert’s Vibrato! I really want to play there! It’s beautiful, the sound is amazing and the food really good! (classy) For a more old school, relaxed vibe I like to perform at the Barclay. The boss is a real music fan who loves musicians. Enjoy your trip! And thanks for having me!
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 am lucky enough to have a few people in my life who gave me the push I needed when I needed it. Redha (a French choreographer) whom I met when I was 8 years old, taught me that if I wanted to be an artist, I had to work my ass off and he encouraged me to do it! Mouss Diouf (the late French actor) who gave me my first gig as a singer after a bet at his club. Susan Batson my acting coach who pushed me to be great not good, and gave me the permission to shine at any moment. Tatiana Eva-Marie who gave me my first gig in NY and became a dear friend and inspiration. My musicians and people I am working with who challenge me to always give my best. My boyfriend, close friends and family who always support me. And any of my employers who believe in me and gave me a chance. I feel really grateful to have all those people in my life. As far as helpful books, I’ve read at least 10 times “The 4 agreements”, and I strongly recommend it. Even if you follow only one of the agreements, your life will change for the better!
all professionals pics by Jesse Green Photo