We had the good fortune of connecting with Teddi Gold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Teddi, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is teamwork and valuing everyone who contributes to the success of the music. From the writers, the producers, the managers, the lawyers, the sync agents, the music supervisors. Everyone’s role is important to the success of the music. I think your perspective and mindset is also important. Having gratitude and respect for each person who plays a part in the success of the music no matter how big or small. Lastly, it’s important to give yourself permission to fail. To try different things. When you are ok with the possibility of failure, then you have the freedom to try anything. It leads to innovation and experimentation. This has served me well. I’ve been able to find my musical soundscape and voice by failing a lot. By trying different things to see what worked. And I had a lot of fun doing it!
Please tell us more about your work. 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?
My journey up until this point hasn’t been a totally smooth one. In fact, it’s been quite challenging at times. It took a lot of trial and error, a lot of failing, getting knocked down, and getting back up for me to really understand who I was and what kind of artist I wanted to be. So many times, I’ve played shows where no one has come or people were talking so loud I couldn’t even hear myself during my set. But I have always known that this is what I wanted to do. So, I put my head down and I put in the time and the work. I stopped caring what people said. There were a lot of ups and downs and there still are, but this is the first year where my hard work has started to manifest itself in a really awesome way! This year I had several big sync placements. My song Wink Wink was the official song for instagram’s voting campaign. My song BOOM BOOM was in a Google Ad & in an Old Navy campaign. These were huge accomplishments for me! I am really proud of the music I’ve been releasing, and I am proud of all my collaborators. When I see where we started and where we are now, it brings a big smile to my face. My advice to anyone trying to pursue their dream is to keep your blinders on and just keep going. If you know you want to do something, just keep your eye on the prize and don’t allow outside noise to infiltrate your thinking or personal narrative. Find like-minded people. Take risks. Have fun. You just keep going—one foot in front of the other. You can do it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I moved to Los Angeles from St. John (USVI), right before high school so I have been here for some time! I am currently living in West Hollywood. Here are some of my favorite spots:
– Larchmont Wine & Cheese. Hands down my favorite spot for sandwiches. They also have a great wine selection! Larchmont is also a fun street to walk around.
– Escuela. Great tacos! They have this crispy beef and pickle taco that is ridiculous.
– Lucy’s. This is a hidden Mexican joint across from Paramount Studios. They have a homemade salad dressing that is so good! I’ve begged them to give me the recipe, but it’s top secret! I also loving taking people by Paramount Studios. It’s a beautiful studio. My great-grandma was a contract actress for Paramount in the 30’s so I always think of her when I drive by.
– LACMA & The Getty are a must.
– The Huntington Gardens is also a must see. I love plants so this is one of my favorite places to go and walk around.
– Malibu at sunset. There is nothing more magical.
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?
Yes! This is what I was talking about earlier. It’s all about teamwork and acknowledging the people who have contributed to your success along the way. I feel like my list of shout outs could go on forever, but I would like to give a little shout out to my songwriting/producing team who I consider my family at this point!
Alex Morehouse & Anisha Sisodia