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LIVE WITH LILLI

Updated: May 16


Shot & Styled by: Izabella Passero


Lilli is an actor/singer/songwriter/vocal+performance coach living in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and was a Top 9 Finalist on Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice under the coaching of Alicia Keys and Adam Levine. She has released music with her band, Lilli and the Honey, and has plans to release music as a solo artist under her own name later this year. She has also sung back up for various LA artists. Theatre: Lily in Gabriel at NCRT, Lead in Maladaptation at Hollywood Fringe Festival, Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Malibu Stage Company, Chloe in Bubble Boy with America Theatre Company, Eurydice in Orpheus at Grey Box Theatre/Pittsburgh. TV/Film: Go On (NBC), Miranda in Miranda’s Marionettes, The Divide (Directed by Perry King), In Between Days, Strange Nature, (see IMDB for more).


Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has made a huge impact on your artistry.

My first show as a solo artist was at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC and it was such an amazing experience for me because for the first time in my life I felt "seen" as a singer. Even though I sang all cover songs, it was a curation of songs that were personal to me and I felt they all expressed different parts of who I am as an artist, as a singer, as a woman... as a person. I always felt kind of controlled by my parents vision of me for so many different reasons, and I remember there being a shift that night. They came up to me afterwards and said, "we get it now... we get what you do and what you're doing and what you're trying to do." That meant the world to me. How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?

That is so loaded! I try to be "better" at this every day... and sometimes it just means remembering that I am an artist no matter what. Whether I'm doing "artistic" or "creative" things or not, I am an artist. And... this is a little crunchy, but I try to bring art to everything I do on those days... Its a personal thing and different for everyone, but I'll try to think of my human experience as art in all its forms... the way I wash my face and apply my serums and moisturizer, the way I prepare my food or allow myself to have a peaceful moment... sometimes allowing space can feel very artistic because it gives me room to dream and imagine. Who did you learn from to instill those values?

Part of me wants to say "everyone I've ever met... every human I've met, every fictional character..." I think its definitely a collection of wisdom gathered throughout my life. And to give a few names: Diana Zaheer, Anais Nin, Mary Oliver... Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?

It's actually a little easier for me to prioritize self care over creativity a lot of the time... which is something I feel some shame around and I know is ironic. My self care can definitely take a backseat to a myriad of things, but I'm such a sensitive kind of person that things affect me easily and quickly... and I carry things in a deep and intense way... so I feel like I'm constantly trying to keep the scale balanced as an adult. When I was younger I was ailed by different things whether they were emotional or physical and because I was young, for the most part, my body took care of itself. But as I got older things started to take a real toll and I began to develop all these really scary syndromes and ailments that would take me out and were not able to sort themselves out. For example, I would get really really sick at least once a year to the point where I would completely lose my voice. After some basic health and dietary shifts, this was remedied and I hardly ever get sick now ( ...knock on wood!) So I've learned that I need to prioritize a certain amount of base level self care or I am in trouble. How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?

I feel like the best way to promote ANYTHING is to lead by example. In addition to that I really really try to be mindful of the ways in which I share information around wellness with other people whether I know them well or we just met or they're part of my social media following. I'm a work in progress! I don't want to preach or bark at people and I know I can't control how someone takes something I say, but regardless, like I said, I try to be mindful of how I share. Sometimes I feel good about how I'm doing it and sometimes I'll lie awake at night replaying an interaction in my mind because I'm not sure it lives up to my standards haha In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?

For me, this really only exists on instagram. I have so many unanswered messages on FB and I feel so guilty about it but, frankly, the current FB layout really stresses me out and I don't enjoy going on there... so I don't. On instagram however, I check my message "requests" all the time (probably more than I need to) and if I get a message from someone that feels heartfelt I will always reply in some way and move them to my "general" folder where we can connect regularly. Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?

I am so lucky to have a gorgeous bouquet of amazing people who care about me. From my family and husband, to some close friends, to my mentors/fairy godmothers... I do feel like I'm loved and looked after which is good to remember on the days where logic is lost and I'm feeling sorry for myself. Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how it's changed your life now?

I'm gonna go back to self care on this one! Treating those self care habits as rituals made them feel kind of magical as opposed to a chore which made them soooo much easier and more fun to do. I still have days or moments where I just don't wanna haha... but for the most part I've been able to transform that relationship. And I'm still continuing to transform it! Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?

I'm such a sponge with alllll these things. If its the right story or done in a way that speaks to me - I'm instantly inspired. Anais Nin's personal diaries are so dense for me I have trouble reading them because its gem after gem and I'm left speechless and can hardly go on. Singers and artsits like Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Weyes Blood, Maggie Rogers, Father John Misty, Alicia Blue, Karen Carpenter, Carole King, Joni Mitchell... their music and their lyrics cut right to my soul. Euphoria is probably the most inspiring television show for me right now. Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorite films... its shot so beautifully and sensually and vividly and the music by Dario Marianelli and additional dialogue written by my beloved Emma Thompson... its so special. There are more but... I ramble :) What is the mantra of 2022?!

LETS FUCKING GO Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!

I feel like I am my latest project because I'm trying to do so many things without losing my mind! I'm taking piano lessons and acting lessons on top of working 4-5 jobs while trying to release music and auditioning for different styles of theatre film and television, while experiencing my first year of marriage and also tending to my friendships and exercising and... Ya I should probably focus on a little less at once haha We want to thank you for joining us here and are so excited about what we see from you next! Leave us with your socials!!

Thank YOU! Instagram + TikTok @lillipassero



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