We had the good fortune of connecting with Fevah Rutland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fevah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Most of my friends and family would consider me to be the adventurous one. Now. I had spent a good portion of my life being afraid of failing or what other people would think and it kept me from doing some things I should/could have done in the past. As I’ve gotten older I’ve allowed myself to fail more, to take chances and risks and to really go after the things that I want. Doing this has gotten me more opportunities and blessings than disappointments.
Driving across the country alone, from a conservative city in Ohio to a big over populated city to pursue my dreams was a big risk, I left behind my family and friends and a sense of security, but from it I’ve performed on BET stages, partied at stars’ houses, worked with Grammy awarded musicians, appeared in music videos, and I’ve really gotten to see my dreams of being a successful singer/songwriter start to come to fruition.
The fact that there are people in parts of the world I’ve never even been to that listen to my music and DANCE TO IT that’s worth all the risks that I’ve had to take and consequences I’ve endured. I will always encourage people to go after what they want. We have one life (maybe) so we owe it to ourselves to pursue the life we really want.
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’m a singer/songwriter and I have a soul/rnb vibe. What sets me apart from other artists would have to be my voice and my lyrics. I think people appreciate the feeling and relatability they get when they hear my stories through song. Not to mention the groove lol. I’ve gotten where I am through persistence, taking risks, remaining humble and being easy to work with. It hasn’t been easy but it’s definitely been an adventure. I have a long way to go but I have no doubts about where I’m headed. It’s been hard financially trying to survive and finding the balance of work and not missing auditions and other opportunities, but ultimately I tell myself that what is meant for me is for me.
I have a mantra I wrote and speak to myself everyday to remember why I do what I do and that it’s not in vain:
“I am a being with purpose. Everything I seek is seeking me. If I put in the work, intention, and maintain faith, I will achieve my hearts desires. My belief in MYSELF will light my path to greatness”
You may have to take breaks, recharge, reroute, re-examine, but it’s all a part of the process and it makes the story even more interesting.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely love the beach. I would take my best friend to Venice Beach to walk on the boardwalk and Maybe grab some Elotes and a lemonade. I would take her over to Slauson and Crenshaw so she can check out Marathon, maybe grab some Woodys barbecue and see all the old school and low riders ride through. We love to shop so I’d take her to Santee Alley and Slauson because you can’t come to LA and not visit these spots. Maybe hop on some scooters and coast through downtown LA or Hollywood and grab some hibachi from the Beni Hibachi truck. On a Sunday we would hit Fairfax during the day for some shopping Brunch at The Griddle then that night we might party in Weho then grab some of that amazing pasta from Bossa Nova. A Malibu wine hike would be fun, I could literally go on and on.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Lisa Leace, my mother. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t know that I have the ability to do anything. She showed me growing up that nothing was impossible and I can achieve the things I want through hard work and discipline.
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