We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, why did you pursue a creative career?
At a young age, I realized the only thing I was truly passionate about was music. I loved to pour my heart into a song and then out to an audience. Connecting with people was very important to me. I knew my best chance at succeeding was doing something that made me happy and excited.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think I’m most proud of the impact of my song and video for “Run Run Run”. Its success introduced me to people all over the world, each with their own story of what the song meant to them. I’ve always wanted my music to resonate with people, and I was so lucky that this song did, deeply. As a folk singer, the road is quite literally long and rarely easy. The early days involved saying “yes” to any gig that would have me. There were a lot of late nights and thousands of miles. Eventually, the gigs got better. And with this experience, I did too. I don’t think there is any secret to success in this business other than to just keep going. Things can go wrong even when you think you’ve planned for everything. I’ve learned that being flexible can go a long way.
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?
It seems cruel to suggest so many great places at a time when it’s not safe to leave the house, but when the world opens again, try these… Eat: Jon & Vinny’s, Son Of A Gun, AOC, Republique, Park’s BBQ, Dan Sung Sa, Randy’s Donuts, Bestia, Nobu, El Cochinito, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Cactus Taco #1, Guisado’s, Musso & Frank, Pa Ord Noodle; Drink/Late Night: Breakroom 86, patio @ Everson Royce Bar, EightyTwo, Tonga Hut, Clifton’s, Hollywood Roosevelt, roofdeck @ The Ace Hotel, Hotel Cafe; Visit: Malibu beaches, The Hollywood Bowl, The Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, hike Runyon Canyon, The Original Farmer’s Market, LACMA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I met my husband just after graduating from Berklee College of Music, right as I was starting my career as a singer/songwriter. He has always supported every song I’ve written, album I’ve made, or tour I’ve gone away on. I couldn’t do it without him, he’s my biggest fan.
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