Meet Tommy Acosta. Tommy is a very well known local personality… and this interview will give you some great insight in to his involvement in our community
Q: Tell us a little bit about you and what you do in Sedona.
A: Basically, I work for Joey Best at Best’s Productions. I do video work, editing, writing, and press release writing. I am also a musician. I have a band here in Sedona called ‘Green Light,’ and it’s a great band. I have some of the best players, including Robin Miller(lead guitar), Dan Turner(drums), Eric Williams(keyboard and saxophone), Chicky Brooklyn(vocals and rhythm guitar), and I play bass guitar, write songs, and sing. Our band is unique, and we play only original songs. The last time we played, it was at the Bella Vita, with about 200 people in attendance. I have also written a book on pet reflexology called “Healing Paws Method,” and it should hit the stands in December.
Q: Is there one thing that you wished you learned earlier in life?
A: I would love to have learned to do video editing because I find it fascinating – and if I knew it earlier in life, I might have gone into doing it professionally. It’s so much fun!
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Sedona?
A: That’s hard to say, considering I can’t remember too many things, ha-ha. Anyway, I’ve been with Joey for ten years; I lived in Sedona for at least three years before I got married so let’s say 13 years.
Q: What do you like about living in Sedona?
A: I like the people here because everybody seems to have a unique personality.
Q: What is one piece of advice that changed your life?
A: My father and his piece of advice changed my whole life. I was 13 years old, standing in front of a mirror, and he asked me, ‘What do you see?’ I replied, ‘I see me!’ He asked me again, ‘What do you see?’ I continue, ‘A mirror!’ He asked me one more time, ‘No! What do you see?’ I said, ‘A reflection of myself!’. There you go. Words are only reflections of the object that you describe. And with that, I launched my career as a journalist. I began to understand that there’s always somebody behind the curtain. It’s not what you see in the front, words can mean anything, but they never really are the truth. So that’s what I learned.
Q: Who is the most exciting person you’ve met here in Sedona?
A: Beside Joey Best, of course, it’s Hyman Abramchick or Chicky Brooklyn. He’s funny; he’s different, engaging, and reminds me of that Star Wars movie where the Jedi are trying to check this merchant whose selling something for cheaper, and he returns and says, “Don’t try your Jedi tricks on me!” and that’s Chicky. The next person is Terrie Frankel. I met her years ago, and she captivated me. Her energy is impressive, as well as how she thinks about life.
Q: What age would you be again, and why?
A: I like where I’m at right now because there are so many opportunities. I am learning every single day. I’m old enough to be wise, and I’m so young enough to be small and healthy. I have a great band, and I love the people who support me.
Q: How would your closest friends describe you?
A: A wise guy! That’s what Chicky, Tommy Smith, and Jerry would say the same.
Q: What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
A: Having my music played on stage. I am also a Reflexologist, and my most significant accomplishment was helping a guy who’s paralyzed to stand up.
Q: Choosing anyone with whom would you love to have lunch? Why?
A: Probably, Krishnamurti. He’s a Philosopher. After my dad explained the difference between what words are and what the object is, he had me read a book. I learned what I call ‘the process of being able to observe my mind.’ I know how it works with emotions and how to have happy thoughts. And then there is John Lennon, of course. I would have loved to meet him and ask him so many things.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: I love staying right here, but if I have to vacation, it would be Belize because Joey told me so much about it.
Q: What is your favorite music or three bands that you would like to see?
A: The Beatles and Robin Miller.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: My songs!