Take It from Me: Lana del Rey on Finding Your Role Models Wisely

Photographer:  Nicole Nodland
More than any other artist my relationship with Lana del Rey has been very complicated. When she first burst onto the scene, I was turned off by her pretentions and I genuinely found her music to be not at all memorable. Then she performed live on SNL, and I just thought she was meant to burn out as a total momentary joke. Seriously, just become a producer or a songwriter; don’t ask people to pay to see you tour across the country taking up precious stage time from artists who can actually put on a good live show.

But then something funny happened. It was when Lana went away and people stopped talking about her that I truly discovered her as an artist. I earnestly liked basically every song my Spotify radio would play of hers, unbeknownst to me that it was Lana del Rey. She’s still really pretentious, I’m not sure anyone will book her to perform live, but her songs are goddamn gorgeous — and that can’t be denied.  I think I just needed to give her a fair chance, away from all the noise.

Not only do I now like Lana del Rey’s music but I also have come to respect her as an artist. And I think it has to do mainly to this interview below for Myspace. Skip past all her monotone talk about how much she is “inspired” by the Chateau Marmont and you can actually find a bit of brilliance. At the 2:40 mark, Lana is asked “What would you say to your friends?” She responds:

Find someone who has a life that you want and figure out how they got it. Read books. Pick your role models wisely. Find out what they did and do it.

Not to shabby, Ms. del Rey. Watch her entire Myspace interview below:

Most artists would tell their fans some self-involved nonsense, but Lana lays out basic, applicable and relatable advice. Surprising, actually, considering how aloof she seems to be to her environment. Lana’s words can be applied not only to up-and-coming singers who dream of climbing the music charts but to anyone really, especially artists and creative folks. Want to be a lawyer? Find an admirable member of the legal field, research their success and emulate their career path.

So with that, Lana has inspired me to start a new recurring series, Take It from Me: applicable life advice and words of encouragement from successful figures. As such, this Lana del Rey post is the first installment.

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