We had the good fortune of connecting with lori dorfman (aka tomboy with earrings) and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi lori, how do you think about risk?
being an artist is being a constant risk taker, in every moment of every project. as an actor in a scene, you’re falling off a cliff and holding on for dear life the whole time. as a musician-song writer, you’re a bleeding messy heart and you hope people will like your writing and your sonic tastes. artists create an intimate relationship with risk, it becomes a sort of environment where you hope to thrive and do your best work. risk is a friend, risk is a lover – hopefully a good one. another way to think about risk is simply just being uncomfortable. and i’ve learned how crucial it is to get comfortable being uncomfortable. absolutely nothing that you really want to happen in a project will happen unless you experience the discomfort of not knowing what it’s truly going to be. you basically have to move through a constant state of discomfort is order to bring anything that’s worthy of your effort to life. it’s exhausting, but there really is no choice to be made, is there? you have your impulse, your vision, your instinct, and off you go again starting the process all over again from the beginning.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
well, i grew up in los angeles doing theater, and the theater was basically my home. i had rehearsal every day after school, and on the weekends. and growing up in that environment gave me the opportunity to act, to study music, and dance, and to be a kid having fun with other funny kids! i mean, we were thespians. we were musical theater dorks. we were so dramatic and expressive. i always felt like i could be really bold. so, music and expression and performing was all i’ve ever done. and later when my acting studies became more serious, it became more about truth telling, risk taking… unabashed honesty, really. acting is my first love. it feels royal. in acting i get to be in the glory of all my secrets. music is the truest expression of my most authentic self. music is loud and bombastic. in music all the laundry is hanging out to dry. i’m for sure proudest of the record i made. i was able to do things on the technical side of making record that i never thought i could do. i composed, engineered, mixed and mastered everything by myself. but even more than that, cause you can learn that stuff, it was the absolute hell-scape of experiences that led to the actual material that i produced, and the transmutation of that wretched time in my life to something so happy and unique, that is incomparable to anything else in terms of what i feel i accomplished.

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?
well, even though i’m from the valley, i’ve lived in silver lake for the last 8 years. so, it would be pretty east side heavy. coffee is basically the thing i care most about, so we would get coffee at silver lake coffee, or stories. then we’d walk around the lake or the reservoir, i’m a pretty big walker. i’m obessed with baller hardware on hyperion, so we’d probably go there, get some raw materials to serve as inspiration, you know? then we could stop in at the library, either echo park or silver lake and see what plays have been returned, check those out – if you didn’t have a library card we’d get you signed up for one. i love naturewell on sunset, so we might have to get there and get a facemelter. then we would see what was playing at the los feliz 3 or the vista and watch a movie, i used to do that pretty much daily before the pandemic. dinner would normally be at elf in echo park, but they’re closed due to pandemic which my heart can never recover from. but, we could do dinner at osteria mamma on melrose, the little door, fig, or kismet. i have to be emotionally connected to a place to enjoy the food. there’s a few places where that can happen. i eat tacos at tacos tu madre in los feliz almost daily. oh, i’d also go to union station, cause i love trains and art deco architecture.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
You know, it really, really matters who you surround yourself with. my closest friends: Jourdan Jerome, Amelia Hart, Morgan Herman, Nile Abbai, Diana Valencia, Mallory Mckenzie are always the most excited and the most supportive, even when i think they should be exhausted of me. it’s so much easier, and it’s actually a joy to move forward with your visions when the people closest to you are seeing, feeling and appreciating your work. also when you work with your friends it’s basically the best things ever. during the pandemic i started writing with a group of women headed by Paulina Pinsky, and that group – (Mingus, Ally, Jenna, Anna, Andrea), this group changed my life. We also did The Artist’s Way together with a few other artists (Kate), all via zoom. that space allowed me to channel and focus my creative energy is a very powerful way. i wrote a collection of poetry that’s starting to find homes in different publications, i wrote and recorded my first record, an EP, titled Run Away. it was just a major gear-shift moment. and my mom, you know, she never tried to limit my expression of myself. she let me be who i wanted to be. everyone that i’ve mentioned is a stunning artist, an absolute risk taker, and an utter inspiration. they’re all also incredibly kind, warm and loving.

Website: https://loridorfmanpresents.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loridorfman/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_loridorfman_

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/loridorfman/videos

Other: RUN AWAY spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5ppfPsWPlOQ3WRZ9zf6Qxt?si=7uaAmHr1QAqtr1KTCwC1Bg RUN AWAY apple: https://music.apple.com/us/album/run-away-ep/1543796773 RUN AWAY bandcamp: https://tomboywithearrings.bandcamp.com/album/run-away-ep

Image Credits
yarn with guitar – still from tomboy with earrings’ live at home video for ‘lori the hurricane.’ (the entire yarn installation and mask was built by hand by lori aka tomboy with earrings) cvs receipt skirt – self portrait (a skirt made by hand by lori made out of cvs receipts) cowboy hat – still from Katie Cruel dir. by Andrew Hurwitz short hair with shovel blue background – still from Obscure dir. by Kunlin Wang holding asparagus – still from Decrescendo dir. by Olivia Chiesi

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