We had the good fortune of connecting with Kira Lingman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kira, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is not innate. I feel that people find comfort in avoiding risks because the outcome is known. Part of risk taking is being vulnerable, making mistakes, trying out new things and failing. When it comes to pursuing a career as a musician, the odds for financial success are constantly stacked against you while your art is constantly being judged. But that’s no secret, so why would anyone want to take risks to pursue their art?! I think it comes down to identifying what “success” really means to you and your team along with developing realistic goals for you art. Once those are established, taking risks become easier and more focused. The scariness is removed because you know what you want. Producing music is a process that involves, vulnerability, thoughtful insight and conviction, while promoting and developing your brand takes business savvy, hustle and consistency. In terms of risk, you have two different types: on one hand you’re creating and “putting yourself out there” and on the other you’re evaluating what the next best move that will get your brand to the next level. Early on in my career, I was only focused on gigs. The risk at that time was performance-related. The goal was to put on memorable shows, play every show like it was my last and accept every gig offered regardless of whether or not that was the right move. From there, we started taking risks in writing more dynamic music with more meaning and establishing an identity to our band. We decided to be a band who’s primary focus was on creating original content, which is a huge risk considering the business we’d be turning down by narrowing our scope. While we were developing our sound and vision, we were simultaneously learning how to navigate the business side of being a musician. Our band is structured like a small business based on a DIY principles, which makes every member forced to be a multi-disciplinarian. Obviously we’ve made mistakes along the way and will continue to do so, but that is all a part of the process of growth. Risk taking is vital for any creative endeavor to succeed and the more risks you take the more your art will evolve. A part of the process is learning what risks to take, when to take them and learn from failures.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the lead singer and guitarist for a three-piece rock n roll band called The Hollow Legs. As the leader of the band, it has been challenging to overcome stereotypes of women in music especially when it comes to the business side of music. It has been interesting journey and I’ve learned a lot throughout this process, but I hope that through the music we’re creating we will break through. There are still so few of us women in leading roles in music, whether it be in creating content, management and production, but I hope to see more diversity in music in the future. I think the most important lesson I’ve learned along the way is knowing what you’re worth and not compromising that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many great places to explore in Hermosa Beach! If I were to give a friend a fun itinerary for the day, I’d first have have them wake up early, grab a coffee from Java Man and walk down for breakfast burrito from Brother’s Burritos. From there I’d have them head down to the beach to watch the surfers. Then I’d suggest they take a walk along the beach, pick up some trash to keep our beaches clean and beautiful. After burning off that burrito, I’d recommend they shop at a local surf shop like ET Surf or Spyder Surfboards or check out one of the cutest little boutiques in town, Beach & Beverly. The afternoon would be spent grabbing a brew and amazing lunch from Hermosa Brewing Company. A bike-ride would be recommended afterwards where one could cruise south to Redondo Beach pier or travel north to El Porto to watch the sunset. 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’d like to dedicate this shoutout to the members of The Hollow Legs! Zach Bozeman and Hugh DeFrance are such great musicians and team members.
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