We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Auer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, how do you think about risk?
This one is easy. For artists and musicians, risk taking is a lifestyle and I would even go as far as saying a learned skill. There is a moment that comes in everyone’s life when they get their big shot, and you have to take it when it comes whether you are ready or not. Risk takers know this and jump through the door when it opens. It will either lead to success or just another failure, and we are used to failing a lot so another one is no big deal, you’re just in the same spot you were in already anyway. If you look at any successful musician in history, we know their success came from three basic things 1- natural talent, 2- not giving up, and 3- following their instincts, for instinct is where the music lives. I make music by feeling so naturally I have learned to make decisions also by feeling, which is the opposite of what a lot of professionals in other industries might advise. I have also failed a lot, but I believe my personal failures have been simply to not give things enough time to grow, and I was impatient and rapidly evolving into the next thing. So I think if you can get used to taking small risks regularly then the big ones won’t seem so big and you’ll be able to feel it when it’s right. As soon as I started to do this I almost immediately saw my success start to rise. Being brave on a regular basis got a lot easier when I moved to LA, because I am surrounded by risk takers and movers and shakers here. I feel the energy in the vortex, and I let it move me along. I suggest for anyone seeking an ambition to live somewhere that supports your energy in an exciting and competitive way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well I have been a music artist for several years, releasing my original songs and touring around the United States, and then in 2018 I began writing my first musical animated film. I thought this story would just fly off the paper and into the studios but then covid hit and I had to adjust and pivot like everyone else. Continuing to wake up every day and be a musician is a daily choice, and not an easy one. I honestly almost gave up during covid. But alas, the music in me was eventually bursting to come out, and so I decided to take my husband’s surname and give myself the chance that I know my talent deserves. I was inspired to return to my classical roots and sing more authentic and traditional songs as a classical crossover singer. And thank god I did because since then I have had more success than I ever did before, simply because I was finally listening to my inner voice this time and little by little, my life began aligning with the vision I always had for my career. This fall I will be performing in Taiwan with the Evergreen Orchestra while promoting my four-part contemporary bel canto album series I am releasing in 2022 called “Seasons.” I have never been more inspired to sing all of these beautiful songs, many of them in different languages and a mix between classical, traditional and jazz vocal music. I am so humbled and appreciative of the gift it is to walk out onto a stage and lighten the faces of an eager audience. I am very lucky.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I am very lucky to live in my little village of Larchmont, so I would of course take them there. There are coffee shops, European styled streets, and a real live bookstore. At night, I would of course take a friend to La Descarga to dance some salsa and have a great time. Maybe if I am feeling a little proud of my city I would end the night at Sunset Marquis or Roosevelt.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Todd, a movie producer who happens to be one of my neighbors. I always saw this man walking by when I was sitting on my balcony and one day I finally decided to introduce myself. I ended up singing to him and walked him to his office up the street. He is a very wise person and always has an encouraging word for me, which on some days means more to me than I can explain. I’d like to dedicate this shout out to him because singing to him on the street was a strange thing to do but because of his welcoming energy, I decided to take the risk and it was possibly the best thing I ever did for my career. We’ll see!
Nhan Tran, Ana Montgomery