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Meet Tyler Forrest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Forrest.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a songwriter from New Orleans, LA currently thriving in North Hollywood, CA. I’ve been obsessed with writing songs since I was a teenager. From an early age, my school curriculums were very focused on creative work, which allowed me to grow up exploring visual arts, writing, and music. Music came a little later but quickly became my favorite medium of expression.

Right away, I started forming bands in Louisiana, playing original tunes I was writing in my bedroom. I began discovering my sound and knack for performance. After a couple of years of performing and developing a reputation around the south, some new opportunities arose in the world of movies. Left and right, I found myself on movie sets saying a few lines for the camera. I loved it. Acting as a new form of art I had never even thought about trying. I got to work with superstars, just from being myself. Of course, I became obsessed with the whole process and started researching things like screenwriting and cinematography.

Next thing you know, I’m buying cameras, writing my scripts, and full-on experimenting. Film making clicked with me, just like writing songs did. Eventually, new acting opportunities led me to Los Angeles, which has been a dream for the past four years. I love this place and the freedom it allows for the creation and following your passion. In the past couple of years, I’ve been able to combine my skills in photography, music, writing, drawing, and painting to build a collection of work I am extremely proud of. This year, I finally started up a new band, The Scared Crows, which is a part of an indie rock musical project titled Strings. As I step into my thirties, it is clear how my guitar playing, my voice, and my songwriting has blossomed and I’m thrilled to continue my path as a musician and all-around artist.

Please tell us about your art.
I like to throw this word around a lot: sentiment. My goal behind anything creative is to provoke a sentiment within an audience. Great art needs no explanation. No matter how simple or abstract a piece is, it must offer a clear theme. In my work, you can expect a loud message. I know it’s present when I’m singing or playing guitar or piano because I can feel it. I don’t snap a photo without reason, and the ones I publish are crystal clear in sentiment. I hope to inspire people with my work, especially music. I only want to send positive messages. It could be a sad song that aids you in grief or an upbeat tune that makes you appreciate the weather. If I can move someone emotionally or motivate them in an optimistic way, then I have succeeded.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Don’t lose sight of your goals. Make sure you put some time into your goals every day. It’s definitely a discipline, and it sucks, but you have to work your ass off if you want your art to become your source of income. There’s nothing wrong with working part-time. Just be sure to save a little energy to put into your self at the end of your work day or accomplish your daily goals before you go and exhaust yourself at a job. I’d also say I don’t let money motivate you. We all want to make a fortune off our creativity, but if your only motivation is making money, then your art might suffer or become inauthentic. Just keep doing whatever you do because it makes you feel good and let the financial part take care of itself over time. Patience!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
On the internet. Or live in person. You can find music spread across the web. Just search The Scared Crows on your preferred music streaming platform. But, the real good stuff is the live show. We’ve been doing pop-ups around North Hollywood a lot recently, and those are so much fun. We invite the whole neighborhood out and open up the stage for jamming. If you want to know about the next show, you’ll have to follow The Scared Crows on social media.

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I took/designed all of these so Tyler Forrest.

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