Saturday, February 22, 2020

John Keefe of “Boys Like Girls” Wants You to Be Your Best

Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

My name is John Keefe, some know me as BEEF. I play drums in a band called Boys Like Girls, and another band called Best of Friends. I do some session work as well, most notably some recent things have been Daughtry’s new record, and Christina Perry’s new record. I am published Song for Sony ATV music Publishing. I love to travel, hang with my friends, and I very into working out. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind!!!

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?

Right now i am working on a bunch of stuff. My main focus is writing songs for my band Best of Friends which is an alternative/American projected I started with some friends a few years ago.

Do you find the pressures of working in your industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?

I feel there are pressures sometimes, you want to look good and be at your best, so you perform your best that is for sure. I see extremes in this more often than not with models and actors living in LA where I reside currently.

If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?

I navigate through having a positive outlook, and always doing my best no matter how hard it is.

How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “Judge” you based on outward measures?

Everyone judges themselves from time to time. It’s how we react to our judgments and other judgments is what can define us and make us either excel or fall apart. I have been in situations where I was uncomfortable in certain clothes for photo shoots, or music videos and I would speak up. It’s good to speak up, be respectful and it doesn’t hurt to try new things!!! Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone leads to great new things in life!

To follow up with that question, how do you deal with bullying or people talking negative about you?

I absolutely do not tolerate it, I was bulled when I was younger and got in a lot of fights, and lashed out in a lot of negative ways. It only left me feeling worse about myself. I suggest taking a positive approach; brushing it off, and realizing that bullies are just insecure about themselves, and more often than not, don’t have anything better to do.

Can you give any examples of bullying in your personal life and how you handled it?

I use to get picked on a lot. I was always smaller than other kids. I had big buck teeth, and dressed like a little rock and roller guy. A lot of people in my town felt threatened, so I would get in a lot of fist fights, and I would lash out in school, or try and be the class clown to feel accepted. Now that I have grown up a lot I have other ways of dealing with that stuff. I focus my energy on improving myself and not giving people a reason too want too. Not that there is ever a good reason to bully someone. But if you excel and work your butt off eventually people come around, and they will see the real you. Gaining confidence in yourself and realizing that the world is what you make of it is an important thing, dream big!! Work harder!!! Have fun enjoy the process!!! Be the bigger person, even if you are smaller.

What made you want to get involved with Mental Fitness, Inc.?

What made me want to get involved is I saw tweet!!! I love helping people and sharing my stories with them. Giving back is a great way to build confidence in yourself and other people.

Who were the role models in your life?

My role models are my friends, and the people I surround myself. And people like Michael Jordan, Buddy Rich, and Martin Luther King JR. I always fascinated by the underdog. There the person that no one believed in.

What do you define as beautiful?

Beauty to me being on stage playing my drums with friends. Beauty to me is that smile that pretty girl might give you when no one else is looking. Beauty to me is that song that makes the hair stand up on your back. Beauty to me is that first “I Love You” in a new relationship. Beauty to me is being alive, feeling alive, and doing things with your life to make a difference constantly.

How do you define inner beauty?

Inner beauty is people with compassion for all, no matter what, I think that’s amazing.

What is happiness?

Happiness to me doing well and trying your best. Making a mark.  Making your family proud, having inner peace with yourself. Not having regrets, learning from your mistakes. Happiness is having gratitude to be here and get to experience life. Which is so precious.

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?


Thoughts about that?

I think it’s a great idea everyone should have the ability to love themselves! Sometimes we just need the tools!


How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?

Managing stress hard. Especially when you are busy and life HAPPENS!!! I work out hard, try and maintain healthy diet and maybe have some ice cream. That always cheers me up!!!!


Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?


Absolutely music, art, physically activity are my tools to in life to deal with stress!


Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?


I have been doing a lot of reading, and trying to do more charity work! This stuff is great. Giving back is awesome.



How do you find a work-life balance — as a man, relationships, and a professional— what are keys to balance?


It’s very hard sometimes. I am hyper focused on what I do, I have to be….Balance is something i constantly need to work on and remind myself of. Keeping a schedule helps a lot. Writing things down helps also.


Other thoughts or reflections?


Be good to yourself, cherish who you are and the things you have been given thus far. Look forward to the things you want in life and go grab them!


ABOUT: I am 31 years old John Keefe. I traveled the world, sold millions records and want to sell more!!! Hard work and determination does and will pay off. Find your passion in life. Dive in head first. Be a good person. Help others in need!!! Thank you!


Find me online via Twitter @johnBLG and @bestoffriendsmusic on Facebook.


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