The stars of Lukas Nelson’s “Find Yourself” music video

I heard a song the other day on Nashville’s Lightning 100 and, thanks to Shazam, found out it was Lukas Nelson “Find Yourself.” Love the song, love his voice, and now, I love the music video, too… check it out:


Through a bit of research and a kind director willing to share more about the video, I can tell you that it was shot on Leo Carrillo Beach in Los Angeles. Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, the beach is part of Leo Carrillo State Park, where you can surf, swim, hike, explore caves, and…. shoot music videos. Plus it’ll only set you back two Grande Pumpkin Spice Lattes to park there all afternoon. Nice!

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image via Google Maps

Evidently the sandy coastline is a great location for movies, too. Just check out it’s wikipedia page. Here’s the trailer for Live A Little, Love A Little, an Elvis movie with scenes on Leo Carrillo Beach.


Side note: Did Elvis know dogs can’t be on this beach without a leash? Oh, Elvis! Or maybe back in the 60s that wasn’t a rule? Or perhaps they decided since Elvis was one of the most famous people of all time, his dog can run on the beach without a leash, but just this once! Either way, I hope they… ya know…

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All of that to say, while Lukas Nelson is the obvious star of his “Find Yourself” music video, it’s easy to see that the beach itself is quite famous in it’s own right. There’s another star of the video, too, though. Recognize this woman in the colorful sweater?

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She’s an actress from Los Angeles named Juliette LaBelle. Her cool, laid back vibe, along with the same attitude from the rest of the folks in the video, plus the shot of the kids hitting the tambourines (I love that this shot was used in the video, it’s very endearing), all work together to make up a great video.

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In fact, the video makes the song even better, which is a tricky accomplishment for any music video director. We’ve all seen good songs with bad videos, right? It’s so common, VH1 even put out a list. So major kudos to director Gus Black for making sure this one will never be on any such list.

Gus Black is also an accomplished musician and a professional photographer. For more on his varied work, click here.

To follow the colorful Juliette LaBelle on Instagram, click here.

You can also follow @LukasNelson on Twitter here, find his website here, and for another great song of his, check this one out:


-Out of the Wilderness

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The Odd One Out

In a crowded room, do you ever feel like everyone knows something you don’t? When I go to Los Angeles, California that’s how I feel. Everyone’s trying to be somebody. Everyone wants everyone else to think they are somebody. If you don’t drive a Porsche or a Ferrari then you’re not quite successful. If you don’t have a view of the ocean or live in a gated community, then you’re not totally awesome. Status. If people see you in a nice car or owning a nice home overlooking Paradise Cove in Malibu, then you’re somebody.

Paradise Cove, Malibu, CA

Well, I know something they don’t; we don’t have to be ‘on’ all the time. Feel free to apply that to material possessions, career accomplishments, or personalities. It’s cool that you’re funny, but you don’t always have to be funny. It’s cool that you’re a serious person, but you don’t always have to be serious. If you’re an adventurous person, it’s ok if you’re boring sometimes. In the end, it won’t matter who you entertained and how much people liked you. It’s ok to be a boring person. If that’s what makes you truly feel alive, then be the best boring person you can be. There’s something refreshing about a confident person who knows when to be ‘on’ and when to lay low. When to tell a joke, and when to be silent. When to offer a hug, or threaten a punch. When to be the Porsche and when to be the Honda.

Personalities: Indiana Jones of the South(west Airlines)

The friend that’s in town one weekend and out the next. This guy/girl is a bit mysterious, and is attractive to the opposite sex because of their adventurous nature and limited availability.

I live in a city with a higher percentage of IJSs (Indiana Jones of the Souths) than most cities in America. Other cities with higher than average numbers are Los Angeles, New York City, and possibly Chicago and Austin. These high rates are due in most part to the cities being a hub for the entertainment industry. I’d make an educated guess that cities with professional sports teams also have higher rates of IJSs if research includes professional athletes during their active seasons. If you know someone who is involved in music, television, or sports, you know what I mean when I say these characters can be both frustrating and attractive at the same time. The reason I don’t include the sales industry in this description is because often times those people travel because the have to, IJSs travel because they want to. That’s a gigantic difference, and Southwest Airlines thanks them. The meaning of the “Indiana Jones” label is simply because of the adventurous side of these people. Anyone who is willing to, and enjoys, being on the road more than being at home craves adventure at some level. The wild side of the IJSs is part of what makes them attractive. It was the adventurous, mystery of Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” that solidified Harrison Ford as a star around the world and made that franchise one of the most successful.

Another key characteristic of an IJS is “limited availability.” Like the Nintendo Wii in 2006. When demand outpaced supply, it created a stronger desire to have one. People want what they can’t have. Like the single girl that lands a boyfriend and all of the sudden, other guys want her, too.

These people thrive on adventure. Words that are not in an IJSs vocabulary: suit, tie, desk job, routine, lazy, boring.