Amy is one of those people you instantly want to be friends with. She has a truthfulness and tender artistry that shines through. You can hear her musical influence in the soundtrack in the latest season of the Netflix Original, Mindhunter, and her own debut EP will be released in November 2019.
We are all hoping to hear the influence of her space tourism side-hustle in her upcoming album.
What brought you to LA?
The usual. I was fresh out of theatre grad-school in Chicago and had spent a few years afterward waiting tables at Schubas, an amazing tiny music venue. After watching so many thrilling shows, and being away from music during acting school, I became really torn between pursuing acting and pursuing music. I was sick of being treated like a unicorn for trying to do both, so I decided to move to a place where both pursuits were the norm (Hi L.A.!). Also, the ice was a big motivator in my move to the west coast. When traveling down the sidewalks of Chicago during an ice storm feels like an Olympic event and not a fun, dancing kind of event, you know it's time to move.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
I have a broad sense of humor and can seem care-free to people who don't know me well. This can often have them thinking that I am frivolous. However, I am hard on myself and definitely my biggest critic. Thankfully, I can laugh at the big stuff at the same time, and stay driven. This combo helps me survive.
If you weren't in music, what would you be doing?
I've been on this path for a while - since 2nd grade. My teacher doubted my chosen profession as a singer/actor: "..but REALLY, what do you want to be when you grow up?". Perhaps I would be directing films. I was obsessed with stories and reading books; Dracula made an impact - Gary Oldman and Keanu (before that was a thing). I really thought I'd have gone to film school. I still might direct a film someday! There's a Los Angeles history tale I've been dying to tell... So directing, or working for a Space Tourism company - Virgin Galactic, call me.
What gives you hope?
I teach Improv part time at an all-girls school. I think the world will be a better place in the future because of today's children. No one has to prove to them that the problems exist, as they are already feeling the effects to a tragic degree. The difference between their generation and ours is that they see themselves as problem solvers in the first place, capable of change.
What was the last show you binge watched?
"I really thought I'd have gone to film school. I still might direct a film someday! There's a Los Angeles history tale I've been dying to tell..."
Who do you look up to in the industry?
Zendaya- I am pretty sure after watching Euphoria that she can do anything. She is stunning and fearless and real.
I have been recording with my producer/composer Jason Hill as he crafts the soundtrack to David Fincher's Mindhunter, and I find it impressive when a director truly understands the power of a score. All of the great filmmakers and their composers do, so I definitely look up to David Fincher. Also, singer-songwriters in general. I tend to listen mostly to the Brits. I always have. I have this childhood memory of lying on my stomach with Elton John's Yellow Brick Road on the floor laid out in front of me. I must have been 2 or 3. I would stare for hours at the illustrations. That is how I found out who Marilyn Monroe was, as well as that sometimes men dressed up like ladies. And most importantly how a good melody can transport you. I was completely floored by Rocket Man. And it earned my wonder for Bernie Taupin. The process of writing, the envelopes back and forth - their unconditional love for each other: it slayed me, it really did.
What is something people don't know about you, but you wish they did?
That I'm a part of the Mindhunter Season 2 soundtrack. I just don't think I can tell you where!
What can people expect from you in 2020?
Following the release of my first EP in November of this year, singer-songwriter/composer Jason Kanakis and I will be playing shows around LA and beyond. Check out thelongfall.com and our Instagram for details. 2020 will be the year of my second EP release, and hopefully a few more videos (any directors out there? HMU).
I can't wait to release more music, and to get back into the studio again!