We had the good fortune of connecting with Simo Love and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Simo, what role has risk played in your life or career?
All I do is take risks. I have to like Beyonce Knowles-Carter says “bet on myself” to the other competitors and industry artists. Risks have laid the foundation for my career. As I wasn’t always an artist that thought she had the potential to cross over to my white counterparts and peers. I took the risk to attend two white institutions and felt anti my own black race based on what I perceived to be their internalized oppression in relation to our transgender and sexual identities. Eventually, I got to California based on these risks and I am definitely on the cusp on breaking into the industries that I’ve always wanted to be a part. Risks have helped me be myself. Taking risks in fashion have helped me be more confident as a woman. Taking risks on what I’ve read have helped me become more accessible. And taken risks on life have helped me be more loving.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I released my album “Counterculturally Black” in 2020. I was featured in WeHo’s You Got Talent and was a finalist. And am now signed to Transgender Talent as an actress.
What sets me apart is my yearn to deliver.
I got to where I am professionally with world class training and experiential learning. It is very difficult having to mince for every Tom, Dick, and Harry as an artist when you want to be in alignment with the folks whom shared your ideals and then they have to change them because some one new in the community changes the scene that you all set. It’s never easy to give up on the styles you love. Not everyone pretends that there is a place for everyone. Then there is this monumental event that happens in your life and all of your followers feel like you’ve brought back the good ideals and times that you all knew and then you are in competition to keep that scene and spirit up. It’s draining.
I overcome the challenges of the changing of the tides with my art and being in alignment with the people’s art that I love.
I’ve learned that I am still growing to get to the next level and I need action in truth to increase my talents (i.e. Matthew 25). I can’t just create. I also don’t have to capitulate to what is changing the scene just to fit into what I want everyone to feel from my spirit and dreams in order to keep up my own ideals of my spiritual team.
I want the world to know that spirit exists and we can all be honest to what we want even if it feels impossible. Transgender singer and songwriters deserve equal pay to our cis counterparts.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my best friend to the Getty, Grammy Museum, LA LGBT Center, and Walk of Fame. We would try to run past security at Capitol Records and eat at all the local dives and Mom and Pops shops.
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 shoutout to Beyonce Knowles-Carter. She truly has been a light in my life since I was a kid. I definitely idolize her efforts in the industry and am inspired to be more honest as an artist based on all of her efforts in race relations and women’s equality. Her voice compares to no one else’s and her talent is unmatched.