We had the good fortune of connecting with Breanna Hogan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Breanna, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t even know if I can say that I pursued a creative career. More like, a creative career chose me. My freshman year in college, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. I was on the mock-trial team. I even had an internship at a law firm that following summer. It was there that I realized that a career in law would not be fulfilling for me because there was no room for creativity. The truth is that I’ve always loved the arts: music, poetry, stories, painting, film, television. I’ve always wanted to be close to it. It wasn’t until I was 2 years out of college, living and working in Los Angeles that I realized that not only did I want to be close to art, but that I wanted to create it. After the success and fulfillment of creating, writing, and producing my own show, I knew I had found my calling … or my calling had found me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a writer and producer, but in a broader sense, I’m a storyteller. I’ve always loved writing: be it poetry, short stories and now film and television. What sets me apart from others is that I have such a unique voice and tone in all my writing and I hold myself to the highest standard of excellence, so you always know if it’s something that was written by or associated with me in any way, that it’s going to be excellent. I’m most excited about the future and what it means for Black creators coming up. I’m still in the process of becoming a professional writer, but how I got to where I am and what I’m still doing to get to where I want to be is to study constantly and to just do it! So many people have these huge ideas or dreams that they want to accomplish and are often times so overwhelmed by the journey that they don’t even start. This has definitely not been an easy process, but I try to take everything in stride and see it as a learning experience. I had to pray through a lot of things and talk to people to get advice and different perspectives on many situations, but ultimately, I always have to trust my gut and my faith in both myself and in God and his plans for me. I want to the world to know that I am coming for everything they said we shouldn’t/couldn’t have.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love a good hike to start off a good weekend. Not only is it a great source of exercise, but it’s always great to really enjoy the outdoors and the LA scenery from the top. I also love a good brunch … and if there’s not bottomless mimosas involved, then it’s not a real brunch! My favorite spots are Hyperion Public in Studio City, Overland Cafe, Tart in Fairfax District, Market Provisions and Sal’s. For nighttime drinking, I love T’KiLa and Cabo Cantina.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my boyfriend, Jeredon O’Conner, who has been one of my biggest inspirations and had so much to do with the production of the pilot episode of my series, Á La Carte. Aside from the fact that he shot and edited it, he also connected me with some many people who worked on the project, he was the first person to read my script and give me honest feedback, he gave me words of positivity and encouragement, and the list goes on.
Kim Preston, @prestonscamera