The road to glory; that’s Lauren LoGrasso’s truth, and through her powerful soul-pop music, she aims to help empower late bloomers, underdogs and the disenfranchised to go after their dreams, lessen fear’s grip on their life and step into the full essence of who they are. Raised in the suburbs of Detroit and growing up in the theatre, Lauren was highly influenced by the music of Motown and musical theatre. Though she always loved music and sang a lot, it wasn’t until later in life, that it was revealed that she could also write music.
1. For the people who might not know you, could you introduce yourself?
My name is Lauren LoGrasso. Ultimately, I would define myself as a multi-passionate creative who is pursuing many avenues at once and wants to encourage people to do the same. Some background: I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and I moved to L.A. when I was 22 to do an internship on the Ellen Show. After that, I stayed in Los Angeles to act and I started playing guitar and writing songs. Pursuing acting was breaking my heart, and the music was a way to heal my hurting heart. Within a year of writing my first song, I had played many of LA’s top venues and later decided to make an album to accompany my live performances. In the midst of that, I discovered SiriusXM Radio which I ended up working at for two and a half years. After SiriusXM, I ended up producing podcasts like The Goop Podcast, Girlboss Radio and started a podcast of my own called “Unleash Your Inner Creative” which has a five-star rating, has been on the Apple Podcast Charts many times and finally, this fall, after a four year process, I just released my first single, “Road to Glory,” which I am very excited about.
2. How did you know you wanted to get involved in the entertainment industry?
I was three years old when I saw my first musical and I still remember how after the show, I turned to my mom and told her that I wanted to be up there doing “that”- aka performing. I have done it ever since then. I love performing and I love using my voice and my talent to make people feel seen.
3. You are the host of “Unleash Your Inner Creative”. What determined you to launch the podcast?
I wanted to host a show ever since I was little. I remember that I used to do fake talk shows with my friends which we recorded and I am pretty sure that footage still exists to this day. So I have kind of always wanted to have my own show. I got a taste of that at AfterBuzz TV and SiriusXM, but I wanted something that I could truly put my stamp on. That’s why I chose creativity as a topic. I am a person with many dreams, and because of that, a lot of people, over the years, have tried to convince me that being a multi-passionate person was impractical. When I believed them and lived a life based on that scarcity thinking, I became miserable. A big piece of that was because I was denying myself, who I truly was. I came to understand that repressed creativity is the source of much of the world’s suffering, so this idea started to percolate when I realized I wanted to help people unleash their inner creative and make creativity the filter for their whole life, lessen fear’s grip on their choices and step in to the full essence of who they are.
4. You’ve worked on podcasts such as The Goop Podcast, Girlboss Radio. How did that experience benefit you when you started your own podcast?
Originally, I didn’t want to be a producer, because I wanted to perform and I saw producing as a departure from my nature. I fought it at first, but eventually, I realized that this is something that I’m good at and it doesn’t make sense to bat it away, because ultimately, it empowers me to make my own dreams come true and enables me to learn from high-achieving individuals. It also helped me to own my power and look at creativity from the other side. From producing these high-level shows, I endowed myself with the ability to make my own dreams come true so it’s really the reason I am able to have my own show now. Also, most of all, from producing I’ve learned about the business side of entertainment. These people are the top in their field so when I’m sitting and recording Sofia Amoruso, Lauren Conrad, Maria Shriver, and Rachel Brathen… I am super blessed to be able to learn from them and grow.
5. Who would you love to have as guests on your podcast “Unleash Your Inner Creative”?
Lady Gaga is the first person that comes to mind. We are both Italian and she is, obviously, such an icon for so many different reasons so I would love to talk to her. I am obsessed with Lizzo just everyone else right now. She really changed the concept of my body image. She is a gorgeous woman and her confidence is what all of us should aspire to achieve. I learned from her that I should just be myself, no matter what the social norms might be so I would love to sit with her and thank her for creating a space where we can be ourselves. Also, I would love to interview Oprah. No need to explain why 🙂
6. What is the biggest misconception about the industry that you’re in?
I think that the biggest misconception is that it’s just luck and that the work we do doesn’t have the power to change lives. To elaborate, it’s certainly not JUST luck. It’s preparation, natural ability, persistence, practice and a little sprinkle of luck. And regarding the bit about the depth of our work: I think that if you’re approaching entertainment with integrity and soul, your work has the opportunity to profoundly change people’s lives for the better.
7. What do you love most about your job?
Which one? ☺ I love being able to express myself and to help people through my work. What means the most to me is when people reach out and tell me how my work helped them start a project or that it gave them the confidence to go out and pursue their passion or helped them love themselves a little bit more. Recently, sharing my song with the world in and of itself has been such a joy. It means so much when people share that my music is getting them through a tough time or even just that they love to dance to the song. These stories are the best thing about my job as an artist.
8. What do you have planned for the future?
I would love to go on a tour with my music and keep doing public speaking. Ultimately, I would like to find a way to combine all of my careers into one thing. I’m not sure how that will work, exactly, but I know it’s possible.
9. What does a typical day in your life look like?
There’s no typical day because I work with so many different podcasters, that I am always on the move around town. Let’s say it’s a Tuesday…Before nine a.m. I always post for my podcast and then I go to work right away. After that, I might go to record with Goop for a few hours or whatever podcast I have to record that day. Then I’ll answer emails, write up ad reads, do show prep…And in the evenings it’s all about my music and my podcast.
10. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring awareness to in the future?
Definitely women’s rights and equality. I would love to write songs and incorporate activism into them as well as into my podcast in a way that is loving. The world is so divided right now, so I don’t think it’s a good idea to create change from a place of hatred or negativity. I think rather than judging those who view the world differently, we should approach them with genuine curiosity. I would rather take a longer time to change people’s hearts through kindness than do it quicker through negativity and create more division. I am currently seeking a way to do something I want to call SOULcial justice. It’s social justice through the lens of our higher self–coming from a place of love and curiosity, rather than anger and hate.
11. What are some projects you would love to work on?
They are always floating around the fact that there might be a reboot of The Office and I would give anything to be a part of that in any way. That show is my everything. I could be a personal assistant of someone working on the show and I still would be so excited to be a part of it, that’s how much I love it. Other than The Office, I would love to get a chance to write and/or sing with some of my musical heroes like Lady Gaga, Mike Posner, Billy Joel, Fiona Apple…In general, I would like to continue doing work that makes me really happy and help other people achieve their dreams through that work.
12. Do you have anything to say to the people who support you?
The people who listen to “Unleash Your Inner Creative” and my music and interact with me on a daily basis are some of the most incredible and talented human beings on planet Earth. To me, they are my friends. And friend, I want you to know that I brag about you all the time. I am so inspired by you and I am so honored that you support me in what I do. I don’t want you to think I take this lightly in any way, you are literally making my dreams come true. I work so hard to make sure everything I put out is in service of you in some way or another. I appreciate you so much. Thank you!
Thank you so much to the incredibly talented Lauren for this lovely interview. You can find out more about her and her work on:
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