We had the good fortune of connecting with Lara Lafferty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lara, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
I’ve had a lot of titles throughout my career. Actor, singer, songwriter, theatre director, teacher, music director, musician, music producer, editor… but I want to introduce myself today as Lara Lafferty, singer-songwriter and vocal producer. I want to make it my number one goal to do music full time. First things first, I would love to build a team that will work with me to create an album, music videos, and content that is beautiful, cinematic, hopeful, and powerful, and use that to find a meaningful home in the synch world (songs being placed in movies and television). I want to inspire and gain a following of people who truly love and relate to my songs, and to be able to record and perform in some of my favorite places in the world (Europe is the goal and would be incredible). But at the core, the biggest dream of all is to make a living from my art by carrying out through creativity my unique brand of hope, truth, classic beauty and relatability, as well as fiction and fantasy. I eventually want to create experiences for my audience, my music becoming a soundtrack to the experience behind it in a new and interactive way. I’m such a huge fan of experiences myself that I would love for that to be incorporated. Since it is a dream to combine my love for acting and storytelling with my love for music, maybe I’ll return to my roots and even create and perform in an original musical one day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My first ever EP has just been completed with the help of my amazing producer, Brent Paschke. I moved to LA about two years ago after five years of teaching, and immediately began pursuing acting. I did realize, however, that I was neglecting the thing that got me acting in the first place: music. With nothing falling into place when it came to acting for about a year, the moment I switched my focus to music it’s like the wheels started turning. I took some classes and shared my songs for the first time, met my producer, and immediately started working on my first release. That’s not to say it was easy- I had been writing, playing instruments, and singing since I was 12, so I was prepared, I just didn’t know the first steps to take or who to talk to get started after studying theatre in college. Shoutout to the Songwriting School of LA for helping me with my first steps, as well as my scholarship with NYU’s Music Industry Essentials program!
I can best describe my sound as indie pop-soul-folk, based in lots of piano. I might call myself a unique combination of Sara Bareilles, Haley Reinhart, Lana Del Rey, Christina Perri, Maggie Rogers, and The Head and the Heart. Stay tuned for updates by following @laralaffertymusic on Instagram! I’m extremely proud of this first ever music release, and being an incredibly ambitious person, I’m dreaming big dreams for this one. My music is unique, hopeful, and at the moment, very personal. I have a deep appreciation for the beauty in the world, and I hope for my EP to paint a picture of not only the truth I’ve discovered in things like love, pain, and growing up, but also the hope in the many places that inspire me: vast mountains, moonlit forests, forgotten libraries, and cobblestone alleyways. Fictional settings/situations I fall in love with and wish I could explore in real life are on my writing radar as well. It’s a dream of mine to combine my love for film/TV with my music, so I hope to find that a very welcoming home awaits me in the synch world.
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?
Funny timing for this one, as some of my favorite places have been closed for almost a year! But I’ll give you a run down on some cool things to do these days. I’m a big walker, and love sightseeing in my own city. These days you can find me wandering in my mask through Descanso Gardens, Universal Citywalk, and all of the local parks. I’m a huge foodie, and even huger fan of sushi and poke- like, HUGE, so I will happily recommend the following for those of you that can relate: 8 Oz. Poke in Studio City and Corner Poke in Burbank for amazing poke bowls, and KimBob-Rex’s food truck for fantastic sushi burritos. Kimbob-Rex’s customer service is unmatchable, they know my order by heart now and are such giving and kind people. Highly recommend. Also, boba is the best, my absolute favorite being Partea Boba in Van Nuys. La Bamba in Burbank is a delicious restaurant with Caribbean flavors that I’ve been getting a lot of takeout from as well! When the world is safe again, I recommend trips to Beetle House LA, a completely Tim Burton and horror themed restaurant and show venue, The Geffen Playhouse for fantastic theater, Universal Studios (I can be a theme park dork), and the Hollywood Bowl. Be sure to look up events and conventions in the area- in LA, there is always something to do! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shoutout to my wonderful and supportive family. More specifically, my dad, mom, grandma, and sister. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them, and I thank them endlessly for continuing to help me every day to pursue my dreams.
Instagram: @laralaffertymusic and @lara_lafferty