Their Way to Success: The Beu Sisters
Carole J. Brandi
parents always told us anything is possible. Whatever
you want to do, you've got to love it so much it
hurts. Give 110 percent. It takes hard work, dedication,
and preparation. You can't expect things to happen
without putting the work in."
for extra tip money doesn't mean you'll become a star.
But CANDICE BEU of THE BEU SISTERS took a job during
college and did just that.
work and faith landed Candice and her three sisters
the opening song for the film How to Lose a Guy in
10 Days and "You Make Me Feel Like a Star"
on The Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack. And then
there was the whirlwind of success -- they were on the
red-carpet for the movie premiere, are now a hot Disney
commodity, and just modeled for Coca Cola & Pacific
Sunwear, seen in stores nationwide.
So where does this family of hip chicks get it from?
Young, smart, and independent, they've been singing
since grade school, when their mom, a Broadway show
veteran, exposed them to a variety of music. "We'd
have all these different nights where she'd take out
her records and we'd harmonize," Candice says..
"It was big band one night, Broadway show tunes
Going Gets Tough
Candice, Jilaine, and Danielle spent lots of their teen
times going on auditions and focusing their careers
in New York, until one day their parents split up. Then
it was time to cut the tunes for a bit and help their
mom out. "My very first job was in a fish market,"
Candice shares. "I waitressed and fileted fish.
It was a really smelly but good job. The best part about
it was my employer sent fish home with me for dinner
and I got discounted seafood, which really helped the
family during that rough period."
after, they moved to New Smyrna Beach, FL, where making
ends meet got tougher. Candice took a summer job as
a bus girl and waitress at the Indian River Lodge. She
received a $1,000 scholarship from a little theater
in town, so when the summer was over, she attended a
community college for two years.
order to help cover the rest of her college costs, Candice
worked at Riverview Charlie's, a local restaurant, busing
tables with her sister Christie. The on-deck entertainment
a couple of nights a week made it worth their while.
"Christie and I would bus tables, and for extra
tip money, we'd ask customers if they wanted us to sing
for them. When we worked as a team, we'd clean up!"
funds ran dry again, Candice had to put her degree on
hold, but she plans to return soon to study art. "I
would like to take some writing classes and drawing
classes," she says. "I've always wanted to
make student films using all those things."
the meantime, she decided to pursue another dream --
backpacking through Europe. "I was trying to find
my independence," she says. "I never got to
move away and go to college and live the dorm life,
but this was like college in itself. I left for a month
and a half because I wanted to see all the things I
had read about in high school."
strong buzz about them from How to Lose..., calling
themselves Little Women, and singing with their mom,
the next step was putting together a videotape to help
get them a record deal. "We had an offer a few
years ago and the head of the record company wanted
to dump my mom and youngest sister and make the three
of us the country spice girls."
wouldn't compromise on their style, and turned the offer
down. Their mom decided to let them go after their dreams
without her. After months of mailings, they received
an invitation from songwriter Desmond Child to audition
at his home in Miami.
performed their best material and landed a second audition
with Steve Greenberg, president of S-Curve Records,
who got them the gold. "You must put your trust
and faith in people, and that's a hard thing to do,"
shares Candice. "I thank God we hooked up with
people who have the same mind and vision that we do."
The label took their country harmony sound and put it
to pop tracks. And were they on target!
and Christie say their parents divorce' influenced their
music. They wrote nine of the 13 tracks on their debut
CD, Decisions, hoping to heal family wounds. "It
gave all of us a goal to focus on and get wrapped up
in," Candice shares. "We could have gone down
some bad roads instead of getting involved in music."
Jilaine aspires to go to college. "I'm hoping for
the means through this very personal record to be able
to afford to go [back to school]."
The Lizzie McGuire Movie CD!
Yourself Doing It
Candice advises others to picture themselves in their
dreams. "Ever since I was little I visualized myself
doing the things that I wanted to do," she explains.
"My mom used to have us lay on the floor and she'd
say, 'If you want to be a singer, picture yourself onstage.
See the light shining on you. Feel the heat of the light,
see the audience, hear the crowd.' As I got older, I
would do these visualization techniques on my own and
write myself little affirmations to keep my confidence
messages always perk up her spirits, too. "My sisters
and I cry and have tough days. A record deal doesn't
shield you from that."
an important foundation from her parents has made Candice
understand how to avoid a circle of negativity while
waiting for stardom. "I'm not going to lie to you
-- it has been really, really hard!" she confides.
"Every time we think something's about to take
off, it's another long period of waiting. But we've
discovered in hindsight that all of those waiting periods
were for a reason." Either we had to grow up in
some way or perfect our craft. Even though it's frustrating
when you're going through it and you want to quit, you
can't afford to quit. You have to make the decision
that this is what you want to do."
The Beu Sisters opening for O-TOWN this month,
and look for a new compilation CD from Disney
that will feature their rendition of "Lady
and the Tramp." Surf www.s-curverecords.com/beusisters.