Author and mother Elizabeth Gorcey (FOOTLOSE, TEEN WOLF) has been creating her entire life with paint, film and words. Her new Liv On Life book series is inspired and written along with her daughter, Olivia, who as a three-years-old began to spontaneously deliver wisdom and advice to anyone who was listening. Elizabeth dubbed her daughter's musings as "Liv-isms," and each book in the series is based on these everyday insights. Sometimes kids are the best teachers, and in encouraging her own daughter to embrace and use her authentic voice, Elizabeth realized how much adults can, and must, learn from the purity and honesty of a child's perspective. Olivia attended the Global Green pre-Oscar party as a "Global Green Champion." Olivia also won the inaugural Gutsy Girls Educational Award. Olivia is a columnist for two magazines, Story Monsters Ink and ACT, writing her monthly columns under the banner of "Liv Says...". She is also in demand as a guest speaker at local schools, libraries, and book stores.
What do I do best?
Elizabeth Gorcey: I am a great listener: I am great at hearing a person from their point of view. But what I do best is being a mom.
Liv Amiri: Being creative with anything I do is what I do best.
What makes me the best version of myself?
EG: I am the best version of myself when I listen to my heart and intuition.
LA: The best version of myself is kind and open to any opportunity.
What are my aspirations?
EG: My aspirations are to grow and to learn every day in some way. (Just to be clear: when I say ‘grow,’ I don’t mean my waistline!) I also try to do an anonymous act of kindness daily.
LA: To be happy, to have joy and to share that joy with the world.
My Biggest Success?
EG: My biggest success was at 16 years old: I lost 85 pounds by learning how to eat right and then I starred in my first leading role in a movie—all in one year!
LA: My biggest success was the song I composed, "Look to the Light," and the National Children’s Choir’s performance of my work, words, and melody at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
My Most Challenging Moment?
EG: My most challenging time when I was in elementary school, junior high, and high school, when kids would call me names like ‘meatball’ or ‘matzo ball’ because I was overweight.
LA: My most challenging moments are when I come to a disagreement with friends and there is exclusivity and tension within our group. From these experiences, I have learned the value of kindness, inclusivity, and treating everyone with respect.
EG: My motto—which actually came from one of my mentors, Milton Katselas—is, “Attitude monitors talent.”
LA: My motto is, “A book can be a friend and make a friend.”
My Favorite People/Role Models?
EG: My favorite person and my role model is my daughter!
LA: My favorite people/role models are David Bowie, my parents, Ayn Rand, and Meryl Streep.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
EG: My favorite places/destinations are the Immaculate Heart Center, Europe and Ojai.
LA: My favorite places/destinations are the Immaculate Heart Center, Europe and libraries.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
EG: My favorite products/objects are paintbrushes, paint, canvases, and all art supplies.
LA: My favorite products/objects are books, pins, shells, and art supplies.
My Current Passions?
EG: My current passion is snuggling with my dog.
LA: My current passions are music, art and reading!