We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Hart and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Courtney, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks is imperative in the entertainment industry. In music and film, you will be told, ‘no’ 99 times and you will get 1, ‘yes’ and you risk and work so hard for that one piece of a large puzzle, that may not even get you far. I grew up in a small town in Georgia and everyone is settling down with jobs and kids and marriages. Choosing art, for me, in itself has been a risk. I’ve risked that stability of a husband and children and small town life because I cannot see myself doing anything else. Risking being told, ‘you’re nuts’ or ‘you’re getting too old,’ or ‘you aren’t good enough’ is always something women face in entertainment. If I think about the moments I feel the most alive, that feeling where electricity runs through your whole body and you’re sharing a piece of your soul with others, it is when I’m on a stage or on set or even in a studio. It’s worth all the negativity in the world, because some people will never have that feeling. Risk is everything to me, it’s everything to my life and my career and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist, I really am just the truest version of myself. I’m sassy, sexual and sarcastic. I handle heartbreak and heartache with a pun or a joke and you can hear that in my music. I’m not afraid to play with genres and sounds, if I write something in my mind I hear as ‘country’ and bring it to my Producer, Josh Del and he hears it as ‘pop,’ I go with it! I’m a firm believer in that art and music isn’t linear. Maybe that’s a horrible view point from a marketing/business perspective, but that’s what makes me, me! I don’t give a damn about following ‘mainstream’ sounds. I stay true to my sass and my crass through and through.

Getting where I am professionally today, isn’t easy. It’s also not easy because I have so much further I want to go. I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. I think the hardest thing was, living in a town like LA, you hear a lot of bullshit (am I allowed to say that?), and everyone thinks they know everything. When you’re new in town, you kind of buy into those people and it took me a long time to figure out who I was and what I wanted artistically, professionally and personally. I can sometimes look back on it and think, ‘I wasted so much time.’ However, now I choose to look at it as, ‘Wow, I’m so grateful for all the nonsense because it gave me a clear understanding of who I am.’ Shifting perspective gave me the power, not anyone else. Now I’m secure with who I am and I don’t let anyone take that from me anymore.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay, I’m an insane person who has had people visit from all over the country, so I literally created my own Hollywood Tours Bus. Snacks are a must, Diet Coke, water, sour gummy candies and I start them off on Muholland. We get out of the car and overlook the Hollywood sign and downtown Los Angeles. Then, I take them down Hollywood Boulevard and cut over to Sunset via Le Brea (I know, I know..I’m unwell.) We take Sunset to Beverly Hills and we drive past The Playboy Mansion and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air house. Sunset takes us all the way to the Pacific Ocean and we take Highway 1 to Santa Monica and check out the Santa Monica pier. Then, we take the freeway back and sometimes stop through Downtown. The Cecil Hotel and Grand Central Market are always fun to see. Food musts are: In n’ Out Burger (duh), Wife and the Somm (best wine bar in LA), there’s too much good food in LA to name here. If you come to LA during May-September, you MUST kayak the LA River. It has been by far the most fun thing I’ve done in LA. I also always take people to see the Observatory and hike Griffith Park. Look, if you’re visiting LA, DM me. I am a great time and know all the spots.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family deserves all the credit! My dad got me my first guitar at 16, now I’m no Lindsey Buckingham, but it changed the course of music for me. He drove me to every single voice lesson and has come to every musical or music venue. My mom is my biggest fan and my voice of reason. She keeps my head above water and keeps it real with me. My sisters, Holly (by blood) and Miranda (by choice), have been with me through every season of life and have never once faltered in their support or love for me. Love you all!

Website: www.courtneyhart.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cj_hart

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