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

Hi Lucy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first set out to become a songwriter, I knew it would be a long road ahead. Musicians aren’t notorious for having lucrative deals, and even most signed musicians have day jobs that support their artist careers in this day and age. But I knew more than anything that I loved writing music. And I knew that I would never regret going for it. I just had to get started.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I never thought I would be a songwriter, let alone a performer. I grew up very quietly and kept to myself and my small group of friends. When I finally gained the courage to try out an open mic, I went alone because I was terrified of anyone seeing me “try”. Today, all I want to do is be back on a stage in front of a crowd. Through writing songs and performing, I met a new community of artists who are vulnerable, creative, and constantly pushing themselves to be more authentic. Being able to sing about my feelings in front of a group was surprisingly easier than talking to someone one-on-one about what I was going through personally. It’s given me an outlet that I’m very grateful to have. And I hope my music can encourage others to find their own outlets for self-expression.

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’m a huge fan of the east-side, and a week in LA wouldn’t be complete without a brunch picnic at Echo Park Lake. A hike around The Observatory is a must as well. Maybe a late lunch on the patio at Alcove in Los Feliz, with a stroll around the vintage shops on Vermont and Hillhurst afterwards. I still love Hollywood despite the hype, and an evening at the Hollywood Bowl is one of my favorite activities. The best place for hot cocoa is downtown at Demitasse. And for a nightcap, The Rooftop Bar at Perch is just a short walk away and it has breathtaking views of the city. Plus, my band usually plays jazz/pop covers there on Tuesday evenings! Swing on by.

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’d like to give a massive shoutout to Merilou Salazar. She’s an incredible musician, friend, and songwriter. Her new podcast has been a tremendous source of inspiration for me during these wild times. She constantly shows up as her authentic self and shares her story so that others can learn and grow with her. I highly recommend checking out her podcast “Dose of Growth” and also her music (she’s the lead singer of highly acclaimed riot pop band WASI). I’m very grateful for her deep talks, intentional music-making, and honest opinions.

Website: www.listentolucy.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/lucyandlamer
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-laforge-96a09130/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lucyandlamer
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lucyandlamer
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LucyAndLaMer
Other: Merch: https://lucyandlamer.bigcartel.com/

Image Credits
Ben Abkaryan, Seth Neuffer, Myke Wilken

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