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

Hi Erin, how do you think about risk?
For some reason science may never understand, I was born to a very stoic, sober, calm Midwestern family in the middle of Minnesota with a risk tolerance level unheard of in those parts.

Of course, I learned, and continue to learn, over time, the value of being less fearless. For example, traffic will not always stop for you. Banking at midnight is not always safe. The Carolina Reaper (a pepper) is not for amateurs.

On the other hand, I continually ask myself this question as a guiding force when it comes to life, career, dreams, goals, relationships, adventures, investments, pursuits. money, health and love:

If I had no fear, what would I do?

And then, I endeavor to do that.

Because while not every dream comes true, I still get to grow into the person who is capable of having such dreams *and* such fulfillment.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Absolutely nothing in my life has been easy!

Except-

Singers will know what I mean, as will actors or any artist, most likely:

The brute effort? Never works. When you see singers on competition shows making those insane faces as shows of struggle in singing? It’s not necessary. When you watch master vocalists like Whitney Houston or Luciano Pavarotti, while there may be moments of intense EMOTION, in a way, their best singing looks just like chatting.

The same goes for all artistic endeavors.

But it takes a lot to get to that level of excellence-

and acting, singing, writing “easy?”

It’s not that it is physically difficult. It is that it takes every ounce of presence and courage to be as real and here as I can be.

The difficulty is in mental facility, in heart availability, in the willingness to be vulnerable and skillful at once.

As that old saying goes, “to sing is to pray twice.”

I believe to live is to pray.

And it’s worth it!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Welcome to Los Angeles!

Let’s start with some vintage Hollywood: Musso & Frank’s, perhaps a classic film at the Nu Beverly Cinema!

The next day, we will dash over to Plancha for some tacos after a hike, and in the evening, catch some hip hop down at Leimert Park.

The next morning, hooray! It’s Sunday! SO we can go to Destiny Typewriter to catch Maria Bamford’s coffee ‘n donuts show, run over to The Last Bookstore and then sneak into the underground tunnels DTLA.

Monday is a good day to go to my favorite beach, it’s in far north Malibu and it’s still not tooooo overrun, so I won’t mention it here so people don’t crowd it. I like cloudy, cool days at the beach with bonfires and books (luckily, we bought a couple novels by LA writers at the bookstore the other day!)

This week in general, I’d say we should definitely hit up some food trucks, Korean BBQ, talk to some homeless folks and inquire about life, take the ferry to Catalina and back, and see some Shakespeare at one of our MANY excellent Bardian institutions!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have friends and family who are so incredible supportive. They so often surprise me with their level of love and support!

Website: http://www.erincarere.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erincarerela/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinCarere

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/erincarere

Image Credits
Red hair photos: Stephanie Girard Angel photos and green shirt: Frances Iacuzzi Singing photo: Anzu Lawson Green sweater straight on: Peter Konerko

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