We had the good fortune of connecting with VK Lynne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi VK, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
The answer to this question is contingent upon your definitions of “keeping going” and “giving up.” For some, worldwide fame is the only outcome that would satisfy them, so any deviation from that will feel like ‘giving up.’ However, if you’re willing to adjust your perspective, you’ll see that there are many different paths that will “keep you going;” they may simply look different from what you had imagined. For me, success is producing my art with integrity and bringing value to other’s lives with the presentation of it. Especially in this moment, when we are confined and having to pivot, it can look like perhaps a performer has no recourse. But these are the times when creatives shine. Many of us have ‘kept going,’ through livestreaming, zoom communities, and content creation. When you can look at your life and say, “I don’t want to do this; my passion is gone,” that’s when you ‘give up.’ Not a second before.
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.
When I began my creative life, I thought I was an actress. Then a director. Then a singer. Then a songwriter, then a novelist, then a model. What I understand now is that each time, I was right. I’ve worked professionally doing all of those things, but they come from the same place: A passion for stories. For me, everything I do is with the same aim, the same goal- Share a truth that inspires hope. Then sprinkle it with glitter! But our society wants to label things, pigeonhole people into one, clearcut category. Because of that, I assumed I had to “choose.” I struggled with that for years, before I realized that limiting myself wasn’t serving anyone. So, I made the decision to do things my way…even if that meant I didn’t really have a template to follow or a clear path to tread. Thats’ the only advice I’d ever give- Follow your gut. There’s something you have that no one else does. Find that thing, and you’ll find success.
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?
I love Los Angeles, and the pandemic has made me realize how much I miss being out in it. I’d take ANYONE to breakfast at Aeirloom Bakery in Toluca Lake. Then to my favorite thrift shop in North Hollywood. Hiking at Fryman Canyon… Lunch at Mulberry Street Pizza…Stroll through Descanso Gardens with some Salt and Straw ice cream. Late night drunks at NoBar. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The wisdom of my mother and my husband have helped get me to where I am. Both of them possess an optimistic practicality that I do not, and I have learned from them the value of being willing to be wrong. To re-evaluate my beliefs and values, based on new information, and develop new perspectives. In a fast-paced environment like entertainment, this trait has proved vital.
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