We had the good fortune of connecting with Annie Little and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Annie, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
It’s difficult to answer this question without considering the idea of sunk cost bias. The idea that we keep going forward with something because of how much time and energy we’ve already invested in it, even if it isn’t working or it isn’t something we even want anymore. The first thing I like to do is to really look at the end goal. If it isn’t something you want anymore, then letting go of the investment might be a great move. It will make room for something you do want. Plus, whatever experience and knowledge you learned through the process isn’t entirely lost. It may inform your next move and it probably made you a better, smarter person. If the end goal really is something you want, but the road getting there is tough, then it makes reaching the goal that much sweeter. The goal is really just a representation of how you’ll feel when you reach that goal, and it doesn’t have to look exactly like you think it should. That’s where the process comes into the picture. If you can love the work and the process of getting there, then you never want to give up on your dreams.

What should our readers know about your business?
While I will always consider myself an artist, my main focus has become my voice teaching business. It’s the area of my life where I get to give back to other artists and creatives. I have worked professionally as an actress and singer/songwriter for 20+ years, and when I made the decision to begin coaching, I wanted to make sure I was not only able to take what I already knew, but also figure out what I didn’t know and fill in those gaps for myself. I had struggles with my own voice, so I can deeply empathize with singers or speakers who are facing challenges vocally. Through my determination to figure out my own voice, I became incredibly passionate about how the voice works. I started closely mentoring with some of the best voice teachers in the world and dug deep to learn the pedagogy behind teaching voice. I am so fascinated and passionate about the voice that I am constantly studying and delving deeper into the art and science of singing and voice teaching. I have created some guided meditations for singers and performers that will come out this summer and I also host a series on Instagram called Voice Talk where I and other voice experts share tips on technique, voice science, and artistry to help you become a better vocalist. I’ve realized that singing is truly a balance of science and art. We need both to find that freedom of expression. I love helping singers, actors, and speakers use science and technique to unlock their voices and then be able to truly express with freedom, like a child at play.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I’m a valley girl, so-to-speak, and I’m also a mom who likes to get up early, so my favorite things to do with friends in town involve hiking, great lunch spots, and early dinners. My favorite place to go for happy-hour or dinner is by far The Front Door at The Garland Hotel in Universal City. Beautiful patio and great food. It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and enjoy some lovely ambiance. It’s also never too loud. I always take my friends for a hike up Fryman Canyon. It’s a bit less crowded than some other LA hiking spots, and I can take my dog Starbuck. He loves it. I love grabbing lunch on Tujunga Avenue at Aroma Cafe, which also has a great patio and is on a sweet, charming street with lots of other little shops to explore. Gelato at Fatamorgana is another favorite. They have the most delicious flavors of gelato. I love the passionfruit. The Getty Museum is gorgeous and one of my favorite places to take friends who are visiting. The views are stunning. They have live music on Fridays during the summer, two cafes and a restaurant, and some incredible are exhibits. For music and nightlife, my client Nadia Vaeh usually has a show on the books somewhere. At least she did pre-pandemic, so hopefully once things open up a bit more, she will be back out there sharing her live music. She puts on a wonderful live show and is a lot of fun to see. My most favorite thing to do, though, is to have friends over and make dinner at my home. I love having kids playing in the backyard while the parents hang out and catch up and then everyone shares a meal together like family. It’s the best. I look forward to being able to safely do some of these things again as the world heals from Covid-19.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Nadia Vaeh. Nadia is a singer/songwriter who started of as a voice client, but soon became a friend and an inspiration to me. Nadia is one of the most positive, dedicated people I know. She has an incredible voice and writes fun, empowering songs. She brings out the best in me as a voice coach and reminds me of why I love what I do.

Website: https://www.annielittle.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annielittle.voice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annielittle.voice
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Image Credits
John Antonini, Annette Betting-Fuentes