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ARTIST LIFE Artist Spotlight: Danny Herb

Don't let the piercing stare & tattooed sleeves fool you- Danny Herb has a heart of gold.  This man is a POWERHOUSE of creative.  Danny is an actor, writer, director, production house/studio owner AND an INCREDIBLE friend.  Danny is one of those guys you call up, tell your dreams to- and then HE MAKES THEM HAPPEN!!!  He is kind, good, hard-working and talented as hell!  

Prepare to be inspired!  

Name: Danny Herb

Job title: Film Studio Owner/Director

What makes you feel ALIVE!!!:  

New ideas and inspiration. The rush I get when creating is like nothing else in life.

What time of day are you most creative:

There is no time of day I feel more creative than others. However, if my day doesn’t start quickly, I won’t be as productive or motivated. I try to get up right away and not lay around in bed before starting my day, or my whole day’s pace will be determined for me. I also find that forcing myself to start something works more than half the time, but when it’s not there, it’s not there.

What is one of your creative rituals:

I like to go in a room and shut the door, put on headphones, and just zone out to whatever music I feel fits my mood, be it Metal, Indie Experimental, Rock, Electronic, Pop, or just on shuffle. I feel like I can focus better with the slight distraction of music. It occupies my brain just enough to where my thoughts won’t drift away from what I’m trying to create, and I can oddly focus.

Where do you look for inspiration:

I look for inspiration in learning something new, or searching for a new understanding of something. Often trying to fix something I don’t like about myself or life and society in general. Seeing a need for teaching something or someone about something I feel like is not understood will fuel me most often.

What piece of work, that you created, brings you the most joy:

No joke, it’s without a doubt Directing Lishy Lou and Lucky Too. and I’m not just saying that because it was with you. I find so much intense joy and satisfaction with what we made. Other than that, it’s the script I wrote for a future feature film I want to make someday called “Listen”

How do you balance art/work/family/health/spirituality/LIFE:  

Prioritizing. They aren’t balanced at all in my life. Sometimes one gets way more attention than the other, and then it shifts. I have to work in order to take care of family, so that comes first. However, when I work too much and feel myself wearing thin, I just take a break, or time off, whatever to chill out and recharge. I’m lucky enough that I enjoy my work and that my wife understands how my passion works. When I get inspired and start something, I don’t stop until it’s finished and it sort of takes over. My wife waits patiently for me to finish, and then she gets me all to herself when I’m done.

Health is sort of something I am just constantly on top of. Mentally speaking, specifically. If I feel overwhelmed I stop and adjust, or hunker down and get on top of it, but I have to constantly work on not letting anything consume me completely in a negative way. I’m constantly checking in with myself to make sure I’m doing the best I can. Always. I look for new ways to improve myself, and my endeavors, every day. I make new mantras and mottos to remind myself where I want to be and who I want to be. I am never satisfied with who I am, but never unhappy with it either. I can always do better. The same goes with spirituality and Life in general. For me, I am just constantly adjusting. I let things get out of balance, but am aware of it and shift the balance wherever I see fit.

We know you are humble, but can you brag a little for us, pretty please!

I made a feature film (Hardcore Hearts) that I wrote, produced and starred in, directed a short film (Session One), 2 Web-series (Two Guys One Truck, which was sold to Defy Media and All About Manos), 12 music videos, 26 segments for PBS (Lishy Lou and Lucky Too), that went on to win an Emmy, all in give or take 4 years.

I recorded music for Hardcore Hearts and have played in several bands in my youth and recorded about 5 EP’s in my life including the new project “The Devonshire Rising” that I made while I was recovering from surgery on my broken foot.

Anything else we should know about you:  

When I can’t make films I like to fiddle around making furniture or building stuff with my construction background knowledge.

I taught myself how to edit and color correct.

I have a natural knack for understanding how things work. I like to take things apart and see how they fit back together.

I opened a film studio that I rent out to productions and built a Cyclorama wall, sound proof elephant doors, and anything else that needed building.

I also make collage art with my journal documenting my travels and young adult, coming of age, emo writings, to which one day I would like to publish.

Tell us about what you are currently working on or working towards?

I am currently working on 2 short films and a web series that I want to have in the can this year.

Where can we keep watching your awesome career unfold! 

Stay tuned on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/projectrocksf

Instagram:@dannyherb

Twitter: @Danny_Herb

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Thanks Danny!  We love you!

ARTIST LIFE Artist Spotlight: Genevieve Goings

The powerhouse that you are soon to read about is not only an INCREDIBLE singer, songwriter, performer, rapper, television personality, VO artist, BUT ALSO an entrepreneur, businesswoman, producer- AND advocate for girl empowerment, and literacy.  GENEVIEVE GOINGS is absolutely incredible.  She is one of those people that walks into a room and everyone looks because her light is so bright! She beams positivity, grace, and strength.  But she is also a hustler and hard worker.  And trust us- that perfect smile- it's real.  

We are glad to call her a dear friend, and YOU will be glad that she is now in your life!  Get ready to get inspired!

Here's what we asked her... 

Name: Genevieve Goings

Job title: Children's Entertainer, Producer and Voiceover artist

What makes you feel ALIVE!!!:  

Being on stage makes me feel alive, connecting with a live crowd and seeing little smiling faces and dancing kids!

What time of day are you most creative:

My creativity comes at all hours, sometimes it wakes me up in the middle of the night! I wish I could funnel it into one time of day and create a "normal" schedule, but ... "normal" is boring, right? :)

What is one of your creative rituals:

One of my creative rituals is to "freestyle" over a music track. If I am trying to write a piece of music or an idea, I will press record and force myself to perform whatever comes to my mind. Sometimes what I come up with isn't great, but sometimes that natural flow brings out cool new ideas!

Where do you look for inspiration:

This may sound funny, but I tend to look at what is needed in the world, or what is currently irking me, for inspiration. For example.... If I feel that little girls shorts are getting shorter and shorter?????? I will write a song about wearing pants and a tie. If come across a child that has lost his parent in a store, I will write a song helping them to memorize their phone number. 

What piece of work, that you created, brings you the most joy:

 I have a song called "All Grown Up" that is about sleeping in your own bed like a big boy/girl. To me this song is just so sweet, and embodies my style as an artist and my brand mission all in one! 

How do you balance art/work/family/health/spirituality/LIFE:  

Balancing everything feels almost impossible sometimes. I try my best to turn off the devices and be present at a certain time each night, and to not talk about "work" after a certain hour. It is difficult as an artist, however, when your brand IS you! I'm still working on this, so if you are an artist reading this, don't worry, we ALL struggle with this!

We know you are humble, but can you brag a little for us, pretty please!!  Brag? Ok.. haha

I was part of creating an idea that became a huge success on Disney Junior, and expanded into writing musical curriculum for Disney, voicing Disney Princess Stories, and hosting a show on Radio Disney Junior! I have had the honor of writing and producing for Fisher-Price, in a year-long project that re-vamped one of their iconic toy lines. I have read stories on the White House Lawn, toured the country, and performed for hundreds of thousands of families. I created a new brand for myself outside of Disney called "Do You Know?," sustaining my place in the Children's Entertainment business and teaching toddlers the fundamentals of life. I'd say I'm leaving my mark on the world! :)

Anything else we should know about you:  

My career began in hip-hop music and I have been featured on over 80 albums. Aside from hip-hop I also write pop & R&B music with other songwriters in LA. I have been on projects with Mos Def, Kenny G, and Mickey Mouse! What a random resume!

I am currently working on expanding the Radio Disney Junior concept, recording Voiceovers and touring for 2017. I released a Tie, Bow Tie, & suspender line for kids on Walmart.com in November and plan to expand into clothing in the coming year! My big dream is to create a performing arts camp that can be franchised and expand globally. (Can you tell I want to expand? I've used the word 3 times!)

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Where can we keep watching your awesome career unfold! 

Stay tuned on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/genevieve.goings

Instagram:@genevievegoings

Snapchat: @genevievegoings

Twitter: @choochoogirl

 

 

www.genevievegoings.com 

http://www.singwithgenevieve.com/ (school tour) 

Thank you so much!!!!!!!

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No- Thank YOU Gen!  WOW!