We had the good fortune of connecting with Tommy Christoffel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tommy, what do you want your legacy to be?
It’s funny to be asked this because I ask other people all the time. I just want to be remembered as I was. I hope you could talk to anybody I knew and they would tell you about a positive impact I had on them. Whoever I meet in this life, I try to be my best self for them.
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 have my hands in several self started projects. I’m most excited for the music I’m working on. It’s taken a long time for me to find my voice and be confident in allowing myself to develop that talent. My biggest hurdles will be continuing to work on my voice and learning other instruments. Tony Banana is a YouTube series I started last spring. I moved to California in a 1974 Buick Apollo and I’ve had a love for old cars since I was a kid. Since I was constantly buying/selling/working on them, I figured I might as well let everyone else see the antics I was up to. On The Beat Poetry was also started in 2020 when I bought my first typewriter. I’ve been writing poetry for a long time without much of a serious outlet for it. In January of 2020, I challenged myself to write a book. In 30 days I had finished the rough draft of Articles, a book written from an intense, almost parallel point of view of living in the modern world. I’ve already started writing my second book and I am excited to release it.
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.
My favorite activity in LA is surfing. Hands down. I would have to bring them to some of my favorite spots between Venice and Santa Barbara (there’s a bunch). Casa Bianca has quickly become my favorite pizza spot around LA, and that’s saying a lot as a former Chicagoan. We would definitely hike Griffith Park because it’s a rite of passage, but I’d love to show them all of the trails up the 2 in the mountains. It’s some of the best scenery I’ve experienced. Ye Rustic Inn is my favorite dive bar. I love the other staples around LA such as Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood and Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. If they were looking for live music, we’d head right to The Roxy and The Dresden. I cannot speak highly enough about these two places. I spend a lot of my time just driving around the city, and it’s my favorite way to show someone from out of town what the lay of the land looks like. 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?
Everybody from Chicago before I moved.