We had the good fortune of connecting with Paulie Z and we’ve shared our conversation below.
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 am and artist, musician, educator, actor, host and philanthropist. What sets me apart is my ability to excel in these different realms and somehow tie them all together seamlessly. I started out wanting to be a rock star when I was a kid like everyone else, but as I got older I realized that I had other talents such as visual art, acting, comedy and most of all working with children. It was when I stopped trying to be this cliche rocker stereotype and started to embrace these other sides of myself that I truly figured out who I really was. To me that was a turning point in my life and career because I realized what my purpose was and what kind of “rocker” I would be. From then on I was authentic in everything I did which could mean being a little silly during a rock show or a little edgy during a kids show for example. Basically I was being me all the time in all situations.
No road to success is ever easy and mine was no exception. The thing is that you have to bounce back from your mistakes and learn from them. You have to embrace fear and failure and grow from them. I have been able to do all that and along the way learn the value of authenticity and purpose. I am like no other artist out there nor do I try to be. I am Paulie Z and those who know me and my brand know exactly what that means. That’s what I am most proud of.
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?
Since I live in LA, I would take them to Santa Monica and Venice beach and check out the boardwalk and canals. It’s such an amazingly unique place. We would window I would also take them hiking at my favorite trail in Burbank where you get the most incredible view of the city at the top. Then at night we’d go to the Rainbow Bar & Grill for dinner, then to the Whisky A Go Go for live music and then to Rainbow again for the after party!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My late brother David Z. Even though he was my younger brother, he was my musical inspiration. He believed in me when we were young and is the one who pushed me to become a singer and frontman. I was more insecure than he was, but he saw something in me that I didn’t and gave me the confidence to go for it. For that I will forever be grateful to him.