We had the good fortune of connecting with Hollister Rand and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hollister, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
All that I am today can be directly linked to the social, cultural and political upheaval of the 1960s (my very early years). As I explored the artistic hippiedom of Woodstock, NY starting at age 10, I was immersed in creativity, awakening social conscience and Eastern mysticism. In addition, I was raised in the Episcopal Church. This was an extremely positive experience; it provided not only a sense of community, but a real world understanding of the Golden Rule. Both of my parents were teachers and whether by genetics or design, I am now dedicated to teaching about spirit communication and life after death. My formal training in music, theater and creative writing during my teens and in college provided bedrock skills which are now employed in the service of the spirits! When asked to write books about psychic mediumship, I could say, “Sure, I can do that!” The same goes for speaking in front of large groups (which might be terrifying for most people).
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I was in college, spirit communication wasn’t a course of study or a possible career path. So despite seeing spirits as a child, I wasn’t sure whether it was an affliction or something that could be beneficial to others. Well, after many career twists and turns which included singing professionally, working at major Hollywood studios (and earning a couple of screen credits along the way), an accident shifted my career trajectory dramatically. The two biggest lessons I’ve learned are that every skill mastered will be useful – – and even the most painful experiences are course corrections, not endings.
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?
During pandemic times, I remember the things I love about Los Angeles with hopes that I will enjoy them again soon with friends from LA and elsewhere. North Hollywood, where I live is a great place to start a visit. First of all, I would suggest that friends fly into Burbank which is a small, manageable airport and allows for easy pick up. From there we would head to the NoHo Arts District for pizza at Pitfire and coffee and dessert at Republic of Pie. The Laemmle Movie Theater in NoHo has a great mix of indie and blockbuster films and “flashback” series allowing the opportunity to enjoy a favorite film on the big screen once again. Visiting The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys and drinking tea in the pavilion is a must. This unassuming garden is ranked 10 out of 300 Japanese gardens in the U.S. (I might share with my friends that the gardens are maintained by water from the sewage treatment plant next door-or not.) Lunch nearby at The Oaks at Lakeside in Encino is perfect for views of Lake Balboa. My LA itineraries are packed with botanical garden visits. I will (and have) keep friends hopping between, The Huntington with old fashioned English tea in the Rose Garden and The Descanso Gardens which has thoroughly amazing light shows and holiday displays. A nod to Hollywood history requires a Metro ride to the Hollywood Highland complex for tea at Chado. Following a walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dinner at the retro (and thoroughly fabulous) Micelii’s Italian Restaurant, and live theater at the Pantages or a cinematic experience at The Cinerama Dome round out the experience. No visit to LA is complete without a trip to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. In addition to live music, educational programs and excellent docents, the visiting exhibitions as well as highlighted collections are worth a day. Walking through the sculpture garden and weaving among the antique street lamps leads to many an Instagram moment. Eating at Messob Ethiopian Restaurant on South Fairfax is a delicious way to recharge. Of course I will take all visitors to The Getty Center – – and The Getty Villa. The Center is stunning for its location, architecture and garden. The art is almost secondary. (Did I say that?) The Villa is an experience in itself. Its authentic Roman ambience might give you a past life flashback! Other favorite places in LA are the Music Center downtown and the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. Tried and true theater pieces as well as experimental plays with visiting artists are a joy at all these locations. Before trip’s end, I would insist on a day of visiting the vintage and thrift shops on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank and a meal at Porto’s. Cuban food at its best – – a true family restaurant. Friends need to spend more than a week with me in LA to enjoy all the city has to offer!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A Shoutout goes to my parents, Joan and Frank. The dedication of my first book is “To my mother, Joan Harriet Farrer Gierisch whose interest in the welfare of others became my desire to bring healing, whose love for books inspired my writing, and whose passion for learning taught me to explore life . . . fearlessly.” The dedication of my second book is “To my father, Francis H. Gierisch, whose love of nature taught me to thrive in a landscape alien to my soul.”
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