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Meet Lia Liza

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lia Liza.

Lia, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My name Lia Liza, short for Elizabeth. I was born in Vancouver, BC and grew up in Orlando, FL. Currently, I’ve been living in Los Angeles for the last year and a half. Music has always been in my blood. My father and his side of the family are naturally gifted singers, and it was a gift that was passed on to me to share with the world.

I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, and started taking singing lessons when I was nine. I grew up singing in the church, and sang in the choir throughout high school, and went on to attend college as a jazz vocal major on scholarship. Becoming a master of my craft was always very important to me, and I worked extremely hard. I guess I started by believing that this gift I had, and what I was passionate about could not only inspire and touch people’s lives, but would also allow me to support myself financially. At the end of the day, I always saw myself working for myself. I took a lot of risks to get to where I am today. It took having a lot of faith, a lot of courage, and resilience. It took trusting in the timing of my life. Knowing that I was always supported and that everything was always happening for me and not to me.

I quit my 9-5 job in 2017 to focus all my energy into what I was passionate about. I was singing, modeling, and acting/commercials full-time as a way to invest in my music career. I released my first Ep “Just What I Needed” in the summer of 2018, and a few months later got signed with The Industry LA modeling agency in Los Angeles. I was living in Vancouver and I knew that for what I wanted to achieve in my career, I had to be in LA. A month later, my agent contacted me saying I booked a KKW campaign, which confirmed my feelings that I needed to be out here. It was the sign I had been waiting for and without hesitation, I packed my bags and moved! It’s been a real journey of learning and loving myself.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. One of the struggles I faced as a little girl was being raised by a single parent. My dad lived in a different country and I only saw him once, maybe twice a year. That was really hard for me. My beautiful, strong mother raised me on her own, with the love and support from her sisters and my grandmother. I think being surrounded by these strong and independent women inspired me to be the strong, adventurous, relentless, courageous, and independent woman that I am today. Growing up, I struggled with low self-esteem which was brought on by being bullied because I looked different. In 2017 when I quit my full-time job to focus on music and modeling full time, I had no idea how I was going to support myself financially. It was a big risk.

I struggled with negative thinking, self-sabotage, doubting myself. But with dedicating time to my self work, and guidance from my teachers. I now know that everything is always working out exactly as it should. I am never in lack. You get to create your reality. There is always an overabundance. Whenever I encounter an obstacle, I remind myself: “you gotta go through it, to get to it” and when you get to “it’ it’s a beautiful thing. In every struggle there is a blessing, and something to learn about yourself that brings you closer to your truth, your essence. To know yourself is everything.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
I wear a lot of hats. I’m a multifaceted artist. A creator. I specialize in creating and expressing myself through different art forms. Through music, I share my voice, my story, my truths. I’ve been digging deep into sound healing, I bought a gong last year and have been practicing performing gong bath meditations. I also model. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be the face of some of my favourite makeup brands, and travel the world doing what I love. I’m most proud of the woman that I am today, and the woman I am becoming. My growth and my evolution. I’d say that my mindset and my work ethic sets me apart from others.

What’s your favorite memory from childhood?
I lived in a co-op building when I was younger and all the kids would always play outside together. There was this one gorgeous sunny day, we were all on this grass field playing, and it started raining really hard out of nowhere. I remember us all running in the rain, we were laughing, singing and dancing. I started shouting playfully at the rain things like “You can’t ruin my day!” “is that all you got, common!” Usually when It rains you go inside, but I stayed. I savoured that moment. In that moment I was free. As the raindrops kissed my skin, I was liberated. I was present. Life is all about perspective and I choose to see the beauty in it.

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