We had the good fortune of connecting with Anne Reburn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anne, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I love this question because there are as many answers as there are artists. I grew up very involved in the arts but always balked at pursuing a creative career for fear of not being able to support myself. It wasn’t until I graduated from college and spent several unhappy months in a non-creative job that I realized I had to take the plunge.
I moved to LA with a fledgling YouTube channel, and as the channel continued to grow, that path revealed itself to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Music is my thing. I have a YouTube channel where I release covers of songs where I sing all the parts, play all of the instruments, and edit all of the shots together in a split-screen format. A lot of work goes into planning, recording, and editing these videos. To keep it fresh, sometimes I sprinkle in an occasional vlog or a short musical comedy video. I write original music too, which I am very passionate about. I’m currently working on a second EP.
In the pre-corona times, I played live shows, both my own music and accompanying friends, and played bass for a queer funk rock band called BOONE.
I’m an independent artist without a label, agent, or manager, so if I’m not busy with music, I’m busy on the business side. There’s always something to work on.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a transplant, so I don’t feel all that qualified to give recommendations. But I do adore planning trips and helping friends plan trips to LA! I always personalize my recommendations based on what they want to see, trying to hit as many regions as possible.
That being said, I have a couple favorites: you’ve got to hit a taquería, get some bubble tea (MILK+T in Little Tokyo is one of my favorites), see a cool rooftop like Ace Hotel or Perch, get an açai bowl by the beach, slurp ramen (Tatsu all the way), and you can’t miss my favorite place to let loose, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the never-ending support of my family. Aside from that obvious answer, I’d love to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the great teachers I’ve had throughout the years. Whether in academics or art, directly or indirectly, they were helping me to discover myself and shape the skills I use in my career today.
I’m from Oklahoma, which is nationally ranked quite low in education, and the teacher pay there is abysmal. They are making a big sacrifice in choosing to stay there and teach. They shouldn’t have to, but it speaks volumes of their passion for the job and their love for their students.
Here are some of them:
·Pamela Kirschman and Shannon Fox – dance
·Kathy Stewart – voice
·Mary Beth Singleton and Tamara Walker – choir
·Wes Singleton – choir and music theory
·Tina Steele – piano
·Blake Lennon – bass and guitar
·Susan Crabtree – drama
·My audio engineer and producer friends who have let me watch them work
·The fantastic directors and music directors I had the privilege of working with via Children’s Musical Theatre of Bartlesville and other community theatre opportunities, and those who create those opportunities
·The Bartlesville Public Schools and St. John’s teachers who knew me and saw my potential
·My professors in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma
Kathryn Mann, Emily Matview, Katie Parker Rixon