We had the good fortune of connecting with Lily Targett and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lily, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in a small town called Little Egg Harbor in New Jersey. I grew up the oldest of 6 kids, and honestly they are the reason that I am working so hard to pursue my dream. Two of my siblings are super involved in the theater arts and make me so proud every day. My other siblings are the most supportive and love coming to watch our shows on stage!

My mom has always been my inspiration. She grew up doing theater, performing at local theater companies and participating in her school shows. And once I was old enough, I got to to perform at the theater companies that made her who she is. When I was 12, we even started doing shows together!! She was usually the bad-ass lead and I was usually her little side-kick. As I got older, she became even more involved again; choreographing a show! This helped me better my dancing and I even gained some dance captain experience. Shortly after I began to TA kids’ acting and musical theater classes, as well as tap, jazz and ballet!

My high school theater program was probably one of the most fun experiences I’ve had so far. We put most of our time into perfecting scenes to compete at STANJ and other statewide competitions. My senior year I had the honor of winning the 1st Place Governor’s Award in the Dramatic Scene category. From that moment on I knew I had to pursue this career.

Shortly after graduating, I packed up my whole life and set out for LA and it has been a wild ride ever since!!!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think singing is what introduced me to the arts. I’ve been singing and dancing around since before I can remember. I joined an A Capella group when i was about 14, and creating harmonies and our own rhythm made me fall in love with music and expressing yourself through performance.

Honestly the most challenging part of this ride is establishing myself here in LA. I’ve lived out here for about a year now, and the amount of twists and turns I’ve faced is uncanny. But it made me realize that acting and singing are my true passion. You have to go through some struggle first before you achieve your goals. I’ve learned its important to have many side hustles to survive out here. Acting classes aren’t cheap, but there are essential to becoming an actress.

I want to make my parents and all of my siblings very proud, and they are an encouraging reminder to keep going.

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?
I’ve had a couple people fly out from NJ and I was so excited for them to have the opportunity to see beautiful LA!!! My favorite thing is to show them the vegan food industry on the west coast!! The Vegan Exchange is a group of vegan food trucks that meet for a couple hours every Sunday. Their food ranges anywhere from vegan tacos to vegan kabobs and even mac and cheese burgers!!! The veggie grill is also an amazing place to dine at. They have vegan wings and burgers and pretty much anything a diner would have!

Hamburger Mary’s is the best drag show performance in all of LA. This place has burgers (and vegan burgers as well) and drinks the size of your head!! Several Queens give their all for their songs and the audience is never disappointed.

There are also the most gorgeous views here in Los Angeles. I love going to the Hollywood Sign and watching the sun set. I also really enjoy Santa Monica and the boardwalk! They have arcade games and a roller coaster, as well as daily street performers to check out. My favorite place to go to has to be the Montecito Hot Springs in Santa Barbara, Although its a steep 1.4 mile hike up a mountain, you are eventually greeted with 8 beautiful and natural hot tubs, The springs are filled with sulfer and other healthy minerals. It’s worth it, I promise!

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?
Starlight Performing Arts was where I learned to dance, sing, and act. I joined their competition team my freshmen year of high school and made friends and memories I will never forget. We would perform medleys that usually portrayed a positive message. Jenny Stodd and Lisa Carlson were my instructors and taught me theater and business etiquette. They also had me teaching classes by my junior year! Without them, I’m not sure if I would still be pursuing this as a career.

Website: lilytargett.com

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