We had the good fortune of connecting with Zoe Gavina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zoe, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I have always saw the concept of ‘success’ as subjective and could never have the same definition for every person. Most recently I have discovered many new aspects to my definition of success, but the one that stands out the most is ‘authenticity’. Once I acknowledged I wasn’t being completely true to my needs and intuition and started working towards shifting that perspective, I noticed immediate and massive growth and elevation. Especially with the pandemic, a lot of my priorities were rearranged. Emphasizing staying authentic to who I am regardless of anyone else’s opinion, good or bad. These days whenever I find myself making a decision, I ensure that I am truly making it from my heart sans influence from an outside party. As long as I know the actions I take are coming from a place of authenticity, I find the weight from stress and pressure lift from my shoulders. I feel more free and I encourage everyone to make authenticity an intentional effort in their lives.
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.
Focusing on authenticity, my art and music are essentially an open diary documenting my growth and healing journey. I have turned to music and songwriting as a way to express what I’m thinking and feeling for as long as I can remember. Way before I even considered allowing other people to consume it. As I’ve come to unravel and understand my mental health concerns and putting in the work to become my best self, I felt it was a part of my purpose to integrate mental health and personal healing into my music. When writing my track ‘No Worries’ for example, the perspective was to talk myself through an anxiety attack. We are seeing mental health and the idea of “it’s okay to not be okay” more and more and I have been compelled to integrate those themes into my music as well. Of course, I make songs on various topics as well but at the end of the day, my mission statement is to help others with my art. Whether that be helping them get through a toxic relationship or simply having an off moment in life. Right now the world needs a whole lot of love and healing. I can only hope that my music provides not only a way to feel something different but to also open yourself to perspectives you may have not experienced before.
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.
Whenever I play the role of tour guide, I do my best to give my guests the entire experience of LA and LA County (and surrounding cities). I have been frequenting Echo Park recently when frolicking around the city. The city’s actual Echo Park is a peaceful place to take a walk or watch Swan Boats make their way around the pond. The thrift spot Sunday’s Best always has great finds and if you’re looking to try vegan food that will make you question everything check out Sage Vegan Bistro a couple of blocks down. I have always searched for the coolest viewpoints, one I always try to take people to is Universal City Overlook, 180 degree views are *chefs kiss*. The Original Pantry Cafe is a diner I always recommend to people whenever asked for suggestions. I grew up in a town on the outer edge of LA County and love Asian food of all kinds. A spot well known in my area is Banana Bay, a charming Thai restaurant with great food and dangerously tasty drinks with happy hour deals you can’t turn down.
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 would love to shout out my discord community The Holy Trinity Lounge. I found this community through TikTok back in January and my life has altered dramatically since this community became a part of my circle. It is a group of artists of all kinds (musicians, producers, rappers, singers, filmmakers, visual artists, etc.) where we are able to vibe with like-minded individuals considering the physical restraints of the pandemic. In a short 5 months, I have exponentially evolved as an artist, met individuals that I have quickly become fond of and have fallen back in love with life again.