Q&A with Elizabeth Narayan

March 10, 2020

The Artist’s Corner is a weekly feature of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin. We send our participants forty questions and ask them to choose twenty they would like to answer. It includes a short profile and a link to their website. We hope you enjoy it.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin or its staff.



Elizabeth Narayan is an aspiring makeup artist and filmmaker. She freelanced for 4 years in the short film and film industry. After producing her CSUN senior thesis, Courage, the Western neo-noir 15 minute short film was selected to screen at the REEL Recovery Film Festival. Narayan found herself working with the REEL Recovery Film Festival shortly after. Currently, she works for an Emmy nominated show Home and Family on the Universal Studios backlot. 


Q. At which classes or workshops did you learn the most?
A. Working for REEL Recovery Film Festival opened my eyes to a lot of opportunities to attend classes/ workshops.

Q. Do you believe artists are made or born?
A. Artists are always made. 

Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. Harry Potter (any Disney film actually)

Q. Do prefer to living by the ocean, lake, river, mountaintop, or penthouse?
A. Ocean

Q. What is your favorite hotel or resort? 
A. San Luis Bay Inn

Q. Where do you go to ‘get away”?
A. To the beach, park, somewhere in nature

Q. What is your biggest or littlest pet peeve?
A. Rudeness or someone who takes everything seriously

Q. How do you measure success?
A. By the amount of failure you’ve had.

Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A. Clean Clothes Campaign

Q. Who was your biggest influence throughout your life?
A. Have to say what got me through rough times was watching Charmed. My biggest influence would have to be the characters in the show. 

Q. What is your current hobby?
A. Body painting/ makeup

Q. What prominent fe/male figure would you most like to date?
A. Mena Massoud

Q. If you were giving a dinner party for your 3 favorite authors, Living or dead, who would they be? (you can choose 4 if you think one might be too drunk or stoned to attend.)
A. Octavia Butler, Lisa Ann Sandall, Thomas Mallory, Edgar Allan Poe

Q. What is your favorite: Website? 
A. Instagram

Q. What is your favorite: TV/cable/digital series?
A. America’s Got Talent

Q. Who is your favorite: Film Director?
A. David Yates

Q. What is your favorite: Non-fiction book genre?
A. History

Q. What is your favorite: Museum?
A. Natural History Museum

Q. What is your favorite: Band/composer/musical artist?
A. John Williams

Q. What is your favorite: Broadway musical/play?
A. Fiddler on the Roof

Q. What is your favorite: Psychology or school of thought as related to psychology?
A. An eye for an eye.

Q. What is your favorite: App?
A. Listen on Repeat

Q. What is your favorite:  Cuisine?
A. Indian Food

Q. What is your favorite: Restaurant?
A. Woodranch BBQ

Q. What is your favorite: City?
A. Los Angeles

Q. Have you ever been arrested and, if so, what for?
A. No

Q. What is your favorite album of all time?
A. Cranberries- Bury the Hatchet

Q. Do you have any children? Grandchildren?
A. No

Q. What’s your favorite radio show or Podcast?
A. K Earth 101

Q. Who is your favorite novelist?
A. Mary Pope Osbourne

Q. What books are you reading now? 
A. None at the moment.

Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as you get there. AND it’s not your business what other people say about you.

Q. Do you think addiction is an illness, a disease, a choice, or a wicked twist of fate?
A. Hard to say because I haven’t dealt with first hand. Also, each situation is unique. I think it’s a combination of illness, choice, and fate. 

Q. What are five things you always carry with you?
A. Phone, Wallet, Chapstick, Keys, Lotion

Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
A. Used to hurt myself to feel better about my choices. 

Q. What is your biggest mistake?
A. My biggest mistake would be trusting in people too much and take things to heart easily.

Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. Overcoming my depression.