We had the good fortune of connecting with Ann Sloan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ann, how do you think about risk?
I think we’re wired from a young age to equate risk with danger and as a result we often spend our lives avoiding risk, playing it safe. No doubt, there are risks we absolutely want to avoid: the kind that put our health, body, finances, loved ones, and livelihood in danger. But I want to talk about creative risks: the kind of risks that give fulfillment, satisfaction, meaning. If you are a creative person, risk-taking is central to your being. Or it should be. The times in my life when I took a risk: changed a job, moved, pursed a passion — I can say unequivocally that it worked out, to some degree, every single time. If the exact creative risk didn’t work out 100%, it at least put me on a path toward something that would work out.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a writer/producer/director of a fiction podcast called The Carlötta Beautox Chronicles, a sitcom that follows the comic misadventures of a wanna-be actress and influencer. I quit my job in network television marketing 2 years ago to follow my passion for storytelling. It was just a question of which medium I would choose. I landed on independent fiction podcasting, in part, because there are no gatekeepers, no one is going to tell you no. There are also very few rules and that can be very gratifying and freeing. That is not to say, though, that there are no challenges. It can be very difficult to make your presence known in this medium especially as an independent creator without deep pockets. You are often doing all the jobs: creative, production, marketing, public relations. I overcome these challenges by just taking it one day at a time and tackling these jobs little by little. Eventually, people have started to discover my show and the critical response has been wonderful. The Carlötta Beautox Chronicles was called one of the 100 Outstanding Podcasts of 2019 by the Bello Collective, a leading critical voice in the podcast space.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I like the quieter spaces one can find in the LA area. Often when I want to unwind, I’ll head out to Descanso Gardens in La Crescenta or sometimes go further afield and head up to the Angeles Crest Highway with a picnic lunch, just hang out and be in nature. For city activities, I’ve always loved heading out to LA’s amazing museums: from the Broad to the Getty to LACMA which is currently undergoing a huge remodel. I can’t wait to see what becomes of that complex and of course, I am very excited about the new Motion Picture Academy Museum scheduled to open this year. The future of museums over the next couple of years in LA is going to be very exciting and I can’t wait.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout the Folly and Fable Network, (fableandfolly.com) a collective of 15 popular and award-winning audio drama podcasts, which my show, The Carlötta Beautox Chronicles is a part of. This is a hugely supportive group of creators who are working in the wild west of what is sure to be the next great narrative medium. It’s a joy to call these people my friends and colleagues and I couldn’t have gotten to where I am without their help.