We had the good fortune of connecting with Craig Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Craig, how do you think about risk?
I take risks every single day. In my opinion, risk taking is the most important part of obtaining success. No matter how much talent, and passion you have, if you don’t put yourself out there on the line you will never see what you are fully capable of and neither will anyone else. Alot of the time the thing that holds us back are our own limitations that we set in our head, these limitations are fueled by complacency and comfort, which are two of my biggest foes.
To step out of your comfort zone and take a chance shows heart, courage, and a strong belief in yourself, and those are the key ingredients to achieve just about anything you set your mind to….Especially in the music industry. Anyone who has ever achieved success in the arts has had to take some of the biggest risks imaginable, it’s part of the lifestyle.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer/songwriter who has put my entire life into my work. I have been creating music and writing songs since I was a kid. Being an artist and trying to make a career out of it and earn a living is not for the weak at heart, you are going to have to tread through alot of mud, there are going to be a lot of obstacles not only on the business side but also in your own head, with that though comes pure gratitude for every little bump forward, small success and achievement.
I wake up every day trying to write the best songs I can and I am currently recording some material for future release. But what I really love most and what I do best are my live shows, for me they are cathartic, an exorcism of sorts. There is no feeling in the world quite like belting your guts out to a roomful of strangers and achieving pure human connection, but it’s not just about me, I am grateful beyond belief for every person in the audience because I know that they could be a million other places (Especially in this town) so I want to give them my all for the best entertainment experience I can possibly give.
I must say though that what I have found to be most rewarding throughout this journey is seeing firsthand how my music has helped me contribute back to our community. It brings people together unlike anything else, and the power to do great things with it is abundant. I volunteer with a group of like-minded, incredibly talented musicians and industry folks who work tirelessly and use our music, time and resources to lend support to our neighbors who need a hand especially our friends at Alexandria House LA, a transitional home for women and children. From benefit concerts, to auctions, to cooking family meals it’s pure magic to use this gift to help those around us.
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.
My favorite spots in LA are:
The Rainbow Bar and Grill, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is unlike anywhere else, if only those legendary walls could talk.
If someone comes to visit me we definitely spend alot of time outdoors. I am big into hiking and discovering all of the trails LA has to offer…They are real treasures. Hitting the beach in Malibu is one of my favorite things in the world, I like to spend the whole day and cap it off with some delicious fresh seafood from Malibu Seafood while planted in the sand watching a beautiful sunset. I also spend alot of time catching some thrills at Six Flags Magic Mountain which I am a season pass holder and I go quite often.
I live in the valley and there are lots of fun spots like The One Up in Sherman Oaks for good food, good vibes and classic video games, and Maui Sugar Mill Saloon for great live music throughout the week.
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 want to shout out my incredible family. They have always supported me, and driven me to put my heart and soul into what I do and take risks and persevere no matter what. “Mom, Dad…I want to pursue a career as a musician” is probably not the most ideal thing some parents want to hear due to the nature and uncertainty of the journey, but they have accepted me and stood by me every step of the way, and they are certainly my biggest fans!
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