We had the good fortune of connecting with Liz Beebe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liz, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’m a huge proponent of risk taking (though my body would prefer if I stayed in bed, comfortable and cozy forever). Risks are scary, and to me if something scares me it means I am likely going to be changed forever by the experience at the very least. Win or lose, I will grow. I have this internal battle between wanting everything to be the safe and familiar and wanting constant change and spontaneity. I’ve trained myself to have a knee jerk YES! reaction to things that frighten me because what I truly want is growth and adaptation. For me, creativity comes from exposure and immersion. You want me to do a song lodge with a bunch of people and attempt to write 20 songs in one day and then share them, unfinished!? (aah no!) HELL YES! I have the opportunity to leave a fun, safe and comfortable job to travel the world and try to survive on my creativity!? (scary!) HELL YES! Want to sell everything and leave your “framily” to move across the country and start a new business? (barf!) HELL YES! Instinctively speaking I try to jump *before thinking* into something I feel called to do, before my brain can try to protect me out of it. If I believe that I can “figure it out” as I go and the worst thing that will happen is that I fail, I go for it. I have never regretted this.
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.
What I get excited about is connecting with others, I am driven by empathy. I don’t consider myself a perfect singer, I may not be the most technical, but where I shine is being able to pour myself into a song or story and make it relatable. I sort of fell backwards into music. I’ve always sang because it has always felt good in my body to make sound, to meld my voice with another. My training is in acting, I’ve been drawn to performance since I was young but I was skilled at many things, so I always had another career to support my artistic endeavors. (I still agree with Elizabeth Gilbert in her book “Big Magic” to not put the pressure of survival on your creativity.) If you can make ends meet with your art, amazing, but do not underestimate the value of your art being your soul’s life preserver, if your job can be your body’s. It was not easy working 12-16-hour days in production and then performing nights and weekends, but it did inform me when it was time to make the career switch. I have a history of anxiety and depression, and singing literally puts your body into a parasympathetic state which is calming (rest and digest is another way of putting it). Because of that, as a young person I sang all the time, it felt good, and eventually I became proficient at it. The performance training and acting education informed where to use this proficiency. When I saw Dustbowl’s post on Backpage.com looking for a new co-lead singer, all the pieces fit, and I began a new way of life. I’ve learned that there’s no right way, there’s no ONE way. If you take chances and make choices by discerning what is and is not working for you, you can design how you want your life to be and feel.
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 would pick them up from the airport, hit In ‘N Out on the way towards Venice. Leave the bags in the car and walk along Abbot Kinney to the beach stretching our legs, grabbing a coffee or an ice cream. (I’m currently in Maine but let’s imagine I’m still in Silverlake for this exercise). We’d head back to the East Side and settle in, grab some lunch from Forage on Sunset and then hang out in the yard, catching up. Later that night we’d catch a show at the Bootleg Theater, maybe Jamie Drake or Jenny O. is playing. Grab dinner at Ostrich Farm, have too much delicious ‘Donkey and Goat’ wine and walk home. I like to take the mornings easy, coffee at home with whatever playlist I’m curating at the time (currently I’m vibing to 2020 Chill), then take a long hike in Griffith Park. Make a pit stop at the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market and head home for lunch. Plan some sightseeing, maybe a day trip to the Getty (it can be crowded but I still love those sweeping views to the ocean). Friends would come over in the early evening for an al fresco dinner of fresh charcuterie, grilled vegetables and a gigantic Caesar salad. (I always want my life to have the kind of joy the end scene of a movie can depict, a slow pull back of a group of friends at dinner table outside, with globe lights overhead, and all you can hear is laughter, conversation, and the clinking of wine glasses.) Other highlights of the week would be beach days, a trip to the Museum of Jurassic Technology, hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, dinner at chi SPACCA and Broken Spanish (come back soon!), wine shopping at Vinovore, reading on the porch, window shopping at Sunset Junction, and more live music. (Maybe even a dip out of town to Palm Springs and Big Bear). Lots of downtime, and dreamy life conversations in between.
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 am the product of the loving and supportive people in my life, for sure. Beyond every connection I’ve made with another human, what has most shaped my success in the “follow your dreams and become a professional creative” arena has been the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. It’s a workbook that I think helps one see outside the “box” that we sometimes confine ourselves in. “Oh, I can’t leave this job because what would I DO to make ends meet, I need x amount of money”. Or “where even IS a career or opportunity like X for me to take advantage of”. Every time I complete this 3-month commitment to self and dreaming bigger a shift happens in my life. Prior to teaming up with Dustbowl Revival I had completed The Artist’s Way with a couple of friends, each of us went on to completely change our occupations and set on new paths. The second time I did it I ended up crowdfunding and recording my first solo album, which I’m working on releasing currently. (Sounds like I’m ready to do it again!) I think it helps break down the limitations we’ve set up for ourselves at least for a time, and when they start to creep back in new ways you can do it again! I recommend it to people all the time. If you’re feeling like “I don’t know what I want, but I don’t want this”, check out this book.
Website: BeebeMusic.com (pre order my solo debut here)
Yelp: Yelp.com/Tacocattruck This is why I’m in Maine for the time being.
Other: FOr my 2018 Lullaby Release https://open.spotify.com/artist/7G2OyXcq2ye7VRk6TKn1vN?si=L6_7dC3XTka3ofU-IVdefQ For Dustbowl’s latest! https://open.spotify.com/artist/3cB0nIIeIGSuMlw6rnu1dm?si=BlSmObQBRZCjuhgknGf-og “2020 Chill” for vibes! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0bkI02hqDkoutOswZhz0Bj?si=AJbyC5AmS-KFIaTgjtzlBg “2020 Like You Mean it” for shadow work, yoga, spiritual bg music. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3zeiPELYtDm2gxgSrV44Rd?si=n_uUwBCDSvyAgv9gCIP5UA
Photos in the apartment (laying on bed, holding guitar, in the chair) are by Becca Murray Photo