We had the good fortune of connecting with Gigi Rich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gigi, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is doing something with as much chance of failing as succeeding, but it’s necessary to take them in order to achieve your goals. When I take a risk, it affects both my personal life and my career. As an artist, the two are very intertwined. I think the best opportunities I’ve had in my career so far have been because of the risks I’ve taken!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the most excited about the music I’m currently working on. I truly feel like I am allowing myself to be vulnerable, and even though it can be quite scary, it is also extremely fulfilling for me. I had to do (and continue to do) a lot of the inner work it takes to face why I wasn’t ready before this point to be open. I think I doubted myself a lot growing up, always believing that other people knew better than I did when it came to the direction of my career. I really had to fight to get my voice heard, and to now have it happen feels so good.
To get to where I am today has not been even the slightest bit easy. I didn’t have any connections in the industry coming into it, and had to work hard from the ground up – and there is still so much progress to be made! Sometimes, when I reflect back, I don’t know how I overcame the challenges. I truly believe my passion for music completely outweighs anything potentially negative about pursuing this career. Having a support system definitely helped, whether it be friends or family – and my family has been behind me throughout this whole process.
Through different experiences, I learned how to listen to myself and to trust my instincts – and to have a thicker skin. I’m a very sensitive person and I’m thankful for that, but it can be both a blessing and a curse. I had to learn how to protect that part of myself from people who may not always have the best intentions. You run into people like that in all walks of life, but hopefully as we grow, we get better at picking up the signs early on. That’s why for me, it was important to learn how to trust myself and trust every decision that I make, from the color of my hair to the music that I write – it’s doing what feels right for me. It’s good to listen to other people’s opinions or advice, but if it doesn’t resonate with you it’s okay to let it go. If you listen to everyone else but yourself, you end up becoming someone you don’t recognize.
I want people to understand me through my music, and hopefully it resonates with them. I really want to be the artist that I’ve always naturally gravitated towards, someone who is unapologetically themselves 100% of the time. Someone who is really open about their past experiences and puts it into their music and everyday life. I would love to find success for myself, but also be an example for others who started from square one in whatever field they’re going into, and how they can come out on top even if it feels like all of the odds are against them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a toughie! There are so many amazing spots all around LA. I’m in Culver City so I’m a bit biased towards the west side!
-Start off with a hike at Escondido Canyon (Malibu)
-Hang out at El Matador Beach
-Sit at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe! (You can sit outside on the beach, it’s so cute)
-Maybe some dinner at Loqui in Culver City (The best burrito bowls)
-Coffee Conservatory in Culver City (They NEVER disappoint)
-Cafe Vida in Culver City for brunch
-Walk along Playa Del Rey beach
-Northern Cafe in Westwood for some dumplings!
-The bar Bigfoot Lodge in Culver City
-Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz
-Sticky Rice – Echo Park (I am obsessed with Thai food)
-House of Intuition – Echo Park (I love crystals)
-The Hi Hat to catch a show!
-MARU coffee (This place has amazing, creative drinks and delicious coffee)
-The Broad Museum
-The Mint to catch a show (Of course I will be showing them all of the venues)
-The Original Hoy-Ka Thai Noodle in Hollywood (AKA the best Thai food)
-See a show at the Hotel Cafe
-Dirty Laundry and No Vacancy for some drinks after!
-Coffee at Bar Nine in Culver City
-Drive around Palos Verdes
-Grab food at the Yellow Vase 🙂 It’s a flower shop and cafe right across the street from the beach! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out someone special who started as my piano teacher years ago. He turned into a cowriting partner, and is now also a wonderful friend. His name is Randy Klein. He is an incredible pianist and songwriter who has been a mentor to me for years now. I continue to learn so much from his own experiences in the industry, and I love his encouragement and positivity even in my hardest moments. He deserves so much recognition!
The very first picture of me in front of the piano: Jonathan Navales Cover Art for Another Life: Mia Smiljanich Last picture of me performing at a FOV (Flight Of Voices) show: Mikel Darling