We had the good fortune of connecting with Alan Michnoff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alan, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Much like a tree’s age, success in the arts is measured in rings. However, although quantifiable, success is no more easy to survey. As an audience sees a photo, reads a poem, hears a song, watches a movie – experiences art – a ring forms around the individual. Every time they return to the artistic piece they are circumferenced by another ring. Each ring is more valuable than the last because the work calls the viewer, a person with their own obligations and busy schedule, back for another dip into the artist’s creation. To be clear, it’s not about the number of viewers, but the number of times the viewers return by revisiting or simply recalling. Arguably, an even stronger ring forms when the individual thinks about the art when not present with it. This phenomenon, known as Experientia Absentia, is commonly related to having a song stuck in your head. Even as you try to dislodge the tune from your mind, a ring forms around you and the music. But this is all to say that an artist will never know the number of rings their work earns. While your success is unknowable, we know true success is in being experienced forever.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career feels all over the place, but I love working on my work. Right now I’d really like to shoot your portrait. Or we can play around with making a short form videobyte. The dumber you let yourself look will make the final product that much cooler. Reach out when you’re ready to show off your bad side.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m not letting my friends visit right now because of the pandemic and such. However, I feel like I’ve forgotten all of my favorite spots. As soon as the pandemic is “over,” I’m going to visit myself and rediscover everything I love in LA outside of my apartment.
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 give a VoyageLA Shoutout to my dear friends and collaborators within the Los Angeles clowning community. I miss your stupidity greatly.