Elizabeth Ayoub

Sep 20, 11 Elizabeth Ayoub

City you live in:
Miami

Occupation and why?
Singer & Composer. Because God, the Universe and the stars made me that way.

A regular day consists of?
Morning stretches, espresso machiatto, emails, writing, trying to vocalize while in my car amongst crazy drivers, running a side business in the energy field (yes, I multi-task) and Tracy Anderson butt videos (the woman is crazy but she does change your body).

How do you define success?
Peace and clarity of mind. Success is mostly internal, not always external, as I’ve come to learn.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Working with a record label.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
It takes courage to follow your dreams. LOTS of courage.

What’s on your bucket list?
That’s such an American thing! I wasn’t raised here, so I don’t see life that way. For now, finding a partner to share my Wow’s with.

I am proud to be Latina because:
I can dance salsa, bellydance and speak Arabic at the same time. Take that, Shakira.

How do you get your Latin fix?
That’s easy – salsa dancing in Little Havana.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
I’m a language purist. Each one separate, please!

What is your favorite Latin restaurant?
Mi casa_.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
Any Latina that wears a big flower in her hair, long black hair, high heels, and sways her hips gently and confidently. Confidence is sexy.

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
Both abuelitas died before I met them. My Lebanese, Spanish-speaking mami: Be your own person and know your worth.

Favorite home remedy
Te de camomila con miel y limon.

Favorite Quote:
The movement, which is the existence of the Universe, is the movement of Love. – Ibn Arabi, Andalus mystic philosopher.

Career Highlights
:
Worked for advertising giants Y&R and Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, studied acting in David Mamet’s and Bill Macy’s Atlantic Theatre Company in NYC, studied Arabic Classical Music with Palestinian virtuoso Simon Shaheen, featured on BBC Radio by the late celebrity DJ Charlie Gillett, recorded + produced two albums, signed with American-Dutch label and toured Europe & Middle East, worked with noted Spanish Grammy award-winning producer Javier Limon.

[fun]♦ I’m a polyglot and lover of languages. I love to imitate accents, especially Indian. It’s fun.[/fun]

[career]
♦ Elizabeth is a singer-composer of Lebanese heritage, raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She’s been singing and writing ever since she can remember.
♦ She was almost nominated for a Latin Grammy — but alas, not enough votes. Next time, papi!
♦ She’s involved in lots of foreign-policy groups and activities, the latest being a Board of Director for a Theatre in Palestine.[/career]

[description]It takes courage to follow your dreams. LOTS of courage.[/description]

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