We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Beck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My good friend and frequent collaborator, Joey Gutos, and I recently had a conversation about what makes any artistic endeavor a worthy pursuit. Especially in a day in age where the world is ya know, burning. I don’t know if I’ve ever solved the puzzle as far as IF it is but I have gained some insight threading through the “why” I chose it in the first place. I know I’ve struggled in the past with purpose, as I’m sure every existentially doomed millennial has, but looking back, my biggest impact to those around me has come from following my passions. As a kid, my joy came from being entertained. Whether it be by a book, song, movie you name it. Something about how the arts removed the veil, it allowed me to remove my own. As I got older, I tried more traditional routes but I quite honestly found myself a bit of a Scrooge. Not a real pleasure to be around. When I started playing music professionally not only did I find myself in a better place, I found that if I allowed myself to be honest enough, others could find themselves in one as well. I chose a creative path because it’s the only way I know how to navigate my own existence. Not to be dramatic haha. But it became my bridge to others while giving them some peace at the same time. The arts give you permission to feel things. As a professional, it’s my responsibility to give my audience that same permission and that feels like a worthwhile endeavor.
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?
It most certainly was not easy getting to where I am but it’s been my path for sure. There’s a quote I’m sure I’m going to butcher but it’s something like, “if you want to be in the arts, surround yourself with artists.” As a kid, I was a sports nut, a gym rat if you will. Basketball was all I ever cared about. As long as I had my headphones in and a ball in my hand, all was well in the world. Until it wasn’t. I had gotten good enough to get myself a college scholarship but as ball dwindled down and I was set to graduate, I was left a little confused. I was majoring in English, simply because when the counselor asked me to pick a major, I said, “well I like to read and write.” I never thought I could be in the arts. I thought that was a space reserved for superhero’s. I had a bad knee. No cape fittings here. I also knew cubicle life was not for me. When ball ended I was crippled with existential dread and forced back to the things that gave me joy. And that was the arts. I said, well, “you wanna be in the arts, surround yourself with artists.” That’s what I did. Picked up a guitar and followed my joy.
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.
Oh man. Being that I grew up in Arizona but went to college in Oklahoma with people who’d never seen a mountain, I’ve, in my opinion, given many the best time ever by just getting them to state 48. Copper Blues in downtown Phoenix is one of my favorite spots. The music, the location, the aesthetic. It’s definitely a vibe. Then, to the once hidden gem of Prescott. Shh, don’t tell anybody, it’s not so hidden anymore. But from the dells to whiskey row, it’s a favorite for sure. You can’t miss Flagstaff. Arizona is just one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all the artists that shined their light on me and made my world a little bit brighter by daring to be.
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