We had the good fortune of connecting with Dilly Brigs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dilly, how do you think about risk?
This is a tough question because there’s so many factors that come into play when it comes into taking a risk, at least for myself. Because in a way I feel I have no choice but to take these risks and keep trying to move forward, even when I’m exhausted. I am open about being a special-needs family, I have two young adult children and one has slight severe autism and has severe epilepsy connected to it. So because we need the extra help and access to gov programs, we parents are told we must plan for 30 years after our deaths by these gov programs, for our families to continue on. So I feel I need to take these risks for the betterment for my kids future.
And for the roles that these risks have taken in my life/career, as scary as it can be to start all over with something new, (which I’ve had to do a number of times) it has lead me on my entrepreneur path to have my own little business, my own little show running on Rockers Edge Radio, where I also host, and more importantly, writing and having published books available with more to come. I am extremely grateful for the ups and downs that have led me to where I am today.
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’ve always done my best to support artists and local businesses, as we are a special-needs family we sometimes need help so we understand giving back where possibly, when others need it. We even run a blue butterflies special-needs resource support group with community pitch-in help, so I’ve always been very creative with coming up with things for the different not less. Including coming up with funny stories and art/drawings as a way to visually stimulate those who need a different way of communication. So when I had to change careers yet again as my daughter got her diagnosis, I lost my outside 9-5 working career. I had to delve into becoming an expert in a different way of understanding, not just in mental health but also in communication, which brought me to all of my paintings and story writing. I would draw and use pictures and fun easy stories for my child who had limited speech. We began communicating through sign language, art, and stories. My daughter and I both perfected our natural drawing talent by having to draw to communicate. And as we worked on speech, I studied and earned my children’s writing degree with the Institute of Children’s Literature in West Reading Connecticut. Upon graduation I was offered two of the 100 spots open at the time by two different instructors, to continue on with their sister school, The Long Ridge Writers Group for adult novel writing and magazine market strategy writing.
I thought as I do my caregiving, I was only going to be writing Autism family funny children’s books and of course my horror stories and adult novel thrillers, but the magazine market strategy writing took me into published review writing and my articles became published on entertainment media sites. Soon my interviews followed and the snowball began. My published review writing begin in 2015, my first published review article was on a Kid Rock concert I attended for my birthday. I now have three children’s books published on amazon.com or wherever books are sold online under my pen name Dilly Brigs. And soon my adult novels will be available as well. The first will be, The Wolf In Sheep‘s Clothing, a short horror story chapter book series, with three horror stories in each.
So as I do my best to promote others with their art, it is most definitely so that people I get to know my art back, which are my published books, my paintings, and my show. I am extremely grateful that The Dilly News Rock Show, is sponsored by kaoticradio and Rockers edge Radio station and if anyone else is interested in sponsoring something on the show or on the station, they can always reach out to let us know. Because we definitely need to be able to support each other and give back. Thank you so much for the opportunity to bring more exposure to my art and the things that I do in the industry and for my family. I am honored for this interview.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a hard one because there is a number of downtown areas that are full a wonderful shopping and dining experiences. Personally I love anything with music, so I would recommend the downtown Fullerton areas that are full of little restaurants that have small stages for music with dinner. Same in the downtown Huntington Beach area, they’re riddled with awesome little places to enjoy live music with dinner and shopping. I also love the beach experience, I don’t believe people should come visit California without visiting our beautiful beaches. Things are slowly opening up again so that we can enjoy things at a reasonable distance from each other. Universal studios is definitely something to experience, and I would end it with a nice weekend in San Diego, enjoying the beautiful scene there as well. When my family visit from Texas they like to go to Knottsberry farm and all of the shopping /entertainment areas I’ve mentioned.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely want to give credit to my immediate family, though I do this for my immediate family, it takes a lot to stay encouraged in this industry and keep going no matter what end your on. They’ve always given me the support I needed back, because it can be exhausting having to deal with so much and stay focused and determined, especially after something doesn’t work out and you have to start again. I have dear friends, a number of them in the music industry themselves, or even in the reporting scene for it, such as Inside the Orange Curtain and OC review, who’ve always found the time to give an encouraging word and be supportive of my interviews, my shows, and my books. There’s just too many to name but I am grateful for them all, they know who they are. I’m also extremely thankful to the owner of kaoticradio and Rockers Edge Radio Bernard Morris, for taking the chance and offering me an expansion on my show along with hosting on the new rock station as it’s been a wonderful experience working with him. I’m loving the journey so far and our feedback has been great. But there are three people in particular who truly stand out. When I was co-owner of a popular entertainment media site, my young adult son Thomas, my niece Krista, and a dear friend who is like a niece Kaley Klaiber, where my outside filming and roadie crew for my on camera interviews. They truly gave me that support on a regular, as they were building their photography work experience portfolio for themselves. Though it was only for that media site for all three, Krista Rose Dahlman had actually been behind the camera for me since previous and even after that site went on hiatus. Just last year she helped me film and put together a video for a European Grammy winner. So shout out to Krista Rose Dahlman as my regular photographer/camera lady. And last but not least, I definitely want to give a gratitude thank you shout out to Laura Bradley, amazing front-women of the hard rock band, The Longing. If it wasn’t for her wonderful and surprising referral, I might not have ever had this chance to tell some of my story and how I got started. I’m thankful for the people along the way who have helped, supported, and have been there for me. Y’all Rock!
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