We had the good fortune of connecting with Frank Bell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frank, how do you think about risk?
I think generally speaking it’s very important to take risks. The world we live in currently would be pretty boring if everyone always played it safe. This is true in terms of progress and technological advancements, but also in the arts. Think of all the wonderful paintings, buildings, and music we have! There’s a great book by Steven Pressfield titled “The War of Art” that goes pretty deep into breaking through creative barriers, which also involves risk taking. Usually when we find ourselves meeting resistance or roadblocks, in both business or creative endeavors – there’s something amazing on the other side. As a musician, personally I try to challenge myself as much as possible to create/express what I feel needs to be said/heard. That can sometimes be risky/difficult but at the end of the day, I think it’s worth it and better than always taking the ‘safe route’.
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 loved creating, be that in the kitchen, on a canvas, in the recording studio, or on a stage. Music has always been a powerful force in my life since I was a child. It’s a uniquely magical. A universal language that can encompass all of emotions that make us human. The fact that I get to share it with the world is a gift for sure. How did I get to where I am? Where am I? haha… From a professionally standpoint, practice. Lot’s of practice. Heartbreak. Laughter. I think it’s important to maintain a sense of wonder. I’m (trying) to constantly grow, both as a person and as a musician. We live in a very interesting world, and even more interesting times currently, I couldn’t imagine it without music.
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 find myself constantly revisiting the book ‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind’ by Shunryū Suzuki. I think there’s something incredibly powerful with the mindset of having a “beginners mind”. Being able to approach the world with wonder, knowing that there’s always more to learn, more to create, and more to share.