April 24, 2018
The Executive Corner is a new 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.
Rynda Laurel has worked with hundreds of music artists from developing acts to multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. She also advises music based online platforms and is a sought-after moderator, speaker at international conferences including MIDEM, Silicon Beach Fest, SXSW, SXSW, V2V, DEW, CMW, and Digital LA.
Working directly with content creators and intellectual properties for over 25 years in various aspects gives her a unique, multifaceted view of the entertainment business.
In 2018, Rynda also started a new company VRYeveryday, with a mission to help support a natural biochemical approach for people in recovery from all forms of addiction, mood and mental health issues using nutrition, supplements and various wellness modalities. She is also a speaker and advocate for holistic recovery from addiction and mental health issues.
Learn more about VRYeverday at
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A. Sobriety Date July 10, 1992 DOC depends on the year! Alcohol, stimulants & opiates.
Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?
A. The school of Richard Branson. Just kidding but not really.
Q. If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, or mountaintop, or penthouse?
A. I’d prefer to travel the world.
Q. What is your biggest or littlest pet peeve?
A. When people ask me to “pick my brain” – I mean the visual alone. As a consultant my brain is expensive! I will gladly sit and give you advice, insight and maybe even a tad bit of wisdom, but none of that is brain picking.
Q. How do you measure success?
A. Staying sober, accomplishing goals, being able to get a massage once a month.
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. Anais Nin/Henry Miller (they come as a pair), Raymond Chandler, JRR Tolkein. What a party that would be!
Q. Radio show, news show –
A. Rachel Maddow, I like the way she starts a story and brings a through line.
Q. TV/cable/digital series?
A. Too many to list, I watch a lot of TV series.
Q. Non-fiction book genre?
A. Quantum Theory, Energy, Astronomy.
A. The Louvre of course!
Q. Band/composer/musical artist?
A. Greg Dulli
Q. Psychology or school of thought as related to psychology?
A. Synchronicity and all things Jung.
Q. Sport to watch?
A. PARIS PARIS PARIS
Q. Do you take work home with you?
Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. From my 92 year old Grandma “you can only compare yourself to yourself”
Q. Do you think addiction is an illness, a disease, a choice, or a wicked twist of fate?
A. I think addiction is an imbalance in brain and body chemistry.
Q. What are five things you always carry with you?
A. My keys, iphone, wallet, earplugs and lipgloss.
Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
A. Starting VRYeveryday. (and that tops asking David Bowie to dress up as Big Bird and go on Tour with Elmo – true story)
Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. Every year that I celebrate in recovery is my proudest. I do have some most MEMORABLE that I’d like to share – Having a creative meeting with David Bowie, going on tour with Public Enemy and riding a camel in front of the Pyramids of Giza, and starting VRYeveryday.