We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameo Adele and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cameo, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I see risk as the step necessary to take to get to where you want to be. As an artist, the entire lifestyle is a risk. I took a risk in pursuing something that I’m passionate about rather than something practical and in that, I also took on the job of having to get to know myself which many professions don’t necessarily require. There’s so much risk necessary when getting to know yourself emotionally cause you have to be willing to get messy with yourself and pull up painful stuff and be vulnerable in order to be able to tap into that for an audience or to write a song. My life is a series of risk taking and I always remind myself, regardless of how scary it is, on the other side I will be where I want to be.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My name is Cameo Adele and I am a singer/ songwriter from SoCal. I would claim a city but I’ve honestly lived all over SoCal from Anaheim to the San Fernando Valley. I grew up in a musical household, both of my parents are musicians. My father is a vocalist/producer/bassist/MD and my mother is a vocalist/vocal coach/dancer. Being an artist was kind of an expectation in my household. I started writing my own songs around 12 years old and pursuing music looked like a lot of things for me as I was shaping myself as an artist. I believe the first birth of who I am now was in 2014 with my first EP ‘The Queen’s Letters’ I feel like the biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome as an artist is the fight between me and my inner demons. I feel like it’s a fight all artists HAVE to endure to get to a point of confidence and clarity with their art and yet we rarely refer to it when addressing our struggles. I’m happy to say that through a whole lot of unpacking and unlearning, I’m able to be vulnerable and honest in my art which creates a safe space for my listeners. I feel like the biggest thing I take away from what I do is gratefulness to be in a line of work that allows me to connect in such a vulnerable way with complete strangers and we are able to build our relationships off these deep understandings of each other. I feel connectivity is one of the most pure forms of our purpose on this planet and I’m blessed to be able to do something that both serves me and others in a deep and meaningful way. What I want other to take from me more than anything is empowerment. The empowerment to know that you are the creator of your destiny, you are in control of what you believe and how you treat yourself and others and you are capable of creating and embodying safe space for yourself and for those around you. I believe acceptance is the key to love and I believe in spreading and generating as much love as possible

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I will say I’m a huge foodie so first off I would take them to all the best food spots starting with my favorite sushi spot Tokyo Cube located near Universal City. It’s this total hole in the wall that’s so easy to miss if you’re not looking for it but has easily some of the best sushi I’ve had in LA, everyone I bring there goes back because it’s literally flawless. I would definitely have to take them to Melrose/ Fairfax because I love to shop and there are some awesome spots with really unique stuff on those streets . Some of my personal faves are 2nd Street and Wasteland. I love to hit up one of the many amazing museums LA has to offer as well, I’ve personally yet to gone to the MOCA so I would love to experience that especially since I live so close to it. A great night time spot I like to hit up is Mezcalero in DTLA, they have the best Octopus tacos and really amazing cocktails. The rest of the week for me would be showing them all the amazing food places including my fave place to get Indian food which is India’s Restaurant off Fountain & Sunset. They make the best Chana Masala and the garlic naan’s are always so streamy and soft. My fave ramen place is a spot called Ramenhood at Grand Central Market in DTLA, so that would also have to be a must of the week. I could take them to my new favorite Boba tea place called Cha Redefine on Spring st., they have the most amazing blueberry matcha that I live for these days. Other than than that, I think one of my favorite things about LA is how the fun finds you, so I’m sure while we’re exploring we may run into an unexpected pop up shop or a flea market we didn’t know was happening and get to experience the city in real time together.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh man, my entire community.. I would be nothing without the amazing artists that surround me and uplift me and support me in tangible ways. If I had to make a special shout out, it would have to be to my mother and my brother, Justice. The way they have supported me as an artist is beyond and I can’t thank them enough.

Website: cameoadele.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cameoadele_/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cameoadele

Youtube: https://youtu.be/6HIE2MC-KEc

Image Credits
Vero Lechuga Victor Aguilar Jamie Lee Boyd

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