We had the good fortune of connecting with Crow Jane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crow, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think being smart about risks is always a must and to take a smart risk can be very beneficial. Sometimes the risk either just involves the possibility of failing or someone saying ‘no’. But if the opportunity presents itself when they say ‘yes’ and it means it can do life changing things or fulfill a dream. It’s definitely worth the risk. Let’s face it we all have to get use to failing. I have done plenty of ‘risk taking’ and when it has worked in my favor it has changed my life dramatically. It was a risk for me to try out for bands but I did it anyway and I have played with some musicians I admire because of it . It was risk for me to send rock star department heads in the film industry a message saying I want to work for them , but I did and I have worked on amazing film/tv sets because of it .
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Makeup Artist and Musician. In the makeup world I do Beauty, Character, and Special makeup effects. As a musician I play in bands called Egrets on Ergot, Prissy Whip, the deadbeats, and a solo Project called CrowJane. I just released a solo album called “Mater Dolorosa’ (released September 15th) on Kitten Robot Records. I got to where I am at today but having dreams and passions and chasing them continuously. It hasn’t always been easy. As David Bowie said ” You have to be kind of crazy to be an artist. Otherwise why wouldn’t you just do something that you know would bread on the table?” There is an uncertainty if earning a living will come to fruition as an artist. I had my moments wanting to make my art a hobby and do something more practical for money. It took over a decade to get to a point where I can live comfortably with money and as a freelancer I still don’t know exactly when the next ob will come. But what I learned was the repetition of a 9-5 and the emptiness I felt when I did anything just for the money Is equally as uncomfortable by its lack of fulfillment and joy. Overcoming any hardships and challenges has only made me love what I do more. Even if in the moment of the challenge i didn’t feel that way.
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?
Pre- COVID- I would take them to Various DIY Venues, Various hikes through the Los Angeles Crest Mountains, The echo, Elysian Park, Stories Cafe, Kitten robot studios, and LACMA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Paul Roessler James Mackinnon Kim Ayers Eryn Krueger Mekash Bianca Appice
rachel roessler and jenny nirgends