We had the good fortune of connecting with Gillian Rae Perry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gillian Rae, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I’ve found that I personally work best with a routine. This has helped my composing significantly as I have a set amount of time that I write everyday. This keeps me from falling behind on my writing and also gives me peace of mind.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist I believe it’s always important to stay curious; I don’t want to ever get to a point in my art making where I feel like I know everything. This mindset shows up in a lot of ways in how I create and consume art. For example, I allow myself to explore many different genres. I’ve written concert music and singer songwriter music. If I feel passionately about writing an orchestra piece then I write an orchestra piece. If next I feel like writing a song about a raccoon then I do that. I am a whole person with different parts of myself. I want to experience my life as an artist fully; so I resist getting myself to fit into a nice and tidy “box.”
I also try to stay curious in how I consume other art as well. If I find myself really not enjoying a piece of art, I try and ask myself why and dig deeper. I once had a composition teacher tell me that you learn a lot more from a piece of music that you don’t like than a piece of music that you do. I think that’s great advice and I try to keep that in mind.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Not in order, but this is my list of must dos
– Hiking in Malibu (hang out at the beach afterwards)
– Breakfast at Cathy’s in Santa Clarita
– Bookstore visit at Vroman’s
– Visit to Disney Hall
– Visit to The Broad
– Picnic dinner and concert at Hollywood Bowl
– Hike and visit the Observatory
– Coffee at Verve
– Walk around Silver Lake Reservoir Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My sisters are my biggest fans. Without their endless love and support I wouldn’t be the creator I am.