We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Miro Herrans and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ana, how do you think about risk?
At least in my family, I’ve always been the “risk taker”. The one that does the unexpected and “jumps off the cliff” without being super clear where I’ll be landing, but jumps off with conviction, big dreams and the most colorful parachute you’ll ever see.

The thing is that what most people do not understand is that what may seem like a risk to many, is just a creative new way to approach a particular circumstance. We creatives, see things differently, extract the possibility out of things and situations that may just be “normal” to others. Most decisions are in fact calculated and visualized before being taken, but because it is NEW or DIFFERENT, people see it as a risk. So YES, I’m a risk take cause I act based on what my creativity inspires me to do. “Normal” is many times boring, so I look for a way to do things my own way and explore the world and people around me looking for what is UNIQUE and creative, and many times ignoring the “normal”.

All my risk taking has been key to get me to where I am today. All those decisions that to everyone seemed “risky” and crazy, have in fact been some of the BEST decisions I’ve ever made. Switching from a really good private school to a public school specialized in visual arts, deciding to do my college degree in Theater Arts and education (when I had the GPA that could get me into medical school), graduating and deciding to fill 3 suitcases and move to Los Angeles to pursue an artistic career, with no job and barely any money. To most these and many other decisions I’ve made seem very risky, and I used to be called out on them ALL the time until, I stopped asking people for their opinion and people started to see, that everything worked out great (most of the times). That I was not just making random, crazy decisions, but that I did have a plan in mind, a very creative and out of the box plan. So I do not regret EVER any of the decisions I’ve made, they have helped me learn, grow, change and become a better person every time. Risk taking is not for everyone though, cause it can be the cause of lots of stress to some, but if you meet a “risk taker” don’t try to make sense of their decisions or try to dim their lights, just cause you can’t understand. Everyone has their own path to create, and everyone gets there differently, don’t ever forget that.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We love to take art to wherever it’s needed. We specialize and what makes us unique is the ability to create artsy experiences in in-home or outdoor settings, and turning any space into an art studio. We also make sure we tune in to each individual’s learning style and needs. Our style involves a whole-person approach, not only teaching a particular skill but also emphasizing experience and process over a final product.

We do a few things:
– In home and virtual art classes for children ages 3-12
– In person and virtual artsy EVENTS for all ages, like birthdays, special occasions, fundraisers, team building, etc
– Art activity kits for purchase to do at home, materials and instructions included
– In home 2-3 hr artsy “camps” for ages 2-10

And Coming Soon – caretakers workshops and summer in-home camps.

We are a rather new company. We officially launched in Sept 2019, although I had been an arts educator for many years before. In this short amount of time, we have partnered up with organizations like The Music Center, Levitt Pavilion, Lasting Impressions Center, Union Rescue Mission, The Cayton Children’s Museum and amazing events like The Beat Bash, The Very Special Arts Festival and Party Layne events, to do create outdoor events for kids and families, and bring some artsy fun. Being able to bring some smiles through art makes our day. I would not have been able to do what we have done without an amazing, super talented group of educators that have helped us serve and create magical experiences for our students. I’m so grateful for these professional individuals that have joined the team. I not only admire their talents but cherish their friendships and appreciate their dedication.

Our biggest triumph this past year has been adapting through the pandemic and creating some virtual content to not only survive as a small business but to be able to keep teaching through these hard times. We did classes and summer programs for kids and wine & paint virtual parties for adults, and we are soon to launch more classes, party options and workshops for the rest of the year. Even during a shutdown, we were able to collaborate with an organization called Afterschool Village and teach some free virtual classes for families in their homes.

Our next big project is getting an actual “wagon” and make this art studio even more mobile (and a bit of a transformer), just looking into how to fund this really COOL idea I have, but be assured that it is coming!

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.
Los Angeles is the TRUE definition of a melting pot of cultures, and I always say, if you cant find it in LA, you probably can’t find it anywhere! When people come to visit, I always ask them, what do they want to experience: LA night life and events, cultural exploration and eating, Artsy and museum LA, or a more outside, hiking and beach vibe visit. Depending on their answers, I can direct them better. The reason I say that is because LA has SO MUCH going on, that you kinda need to live here to fully experience it all (and not even). That said, I do have some must visit places I send most visitors: I tell them to do the Hollywood sign hike or the Griffith Observatory, and to take lots of pictures from the top. I send them to Little Tokyo and China Town to shop and eat, also Downtown LA fashion district, if shopping is on your mind. I send them to either Venice Beach or Santa Monica, and highly encourage them to rent some bikes and bike through the path, and when done, go to PONO burger in SM, it is one of my favorite spots to eat at (even me being a vegetarian). Finally, and if they rent a car, I would send them to Point Dume near Malibu, for a beautiful view of the ocean. This is of course after giving them the list of museums that they can go see, cause I’m that ARTSY friend, that has that list like LACMA, California Science Center, The Natural History Museum, The Broad and the Getty (and there are many more).

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This might sound cliché, but I would NOT be where and who I am today without my MOM! I was a special needs child, very creative and artsy since very little, with as much energy an energizer battery (that keeps going and going LOL), who doodled in the walls to express herself, was ALWAYS moving, needed a lot of help to learn how to study by myself and self regulate, and have always done things MY WAY. My mom was not only my best teacher of life skills, but was the one person that ALWAYS backed me up. She allowed and encouraged my creativity, even when she did not understand where I was going with it. She taught me to make decisions based on what makes me happy, and celebrated every single stepping stone I have surpassed. No matter what I do, I’ve always known that IF I ever fall down my mom will always be there to “put on a band aid” (a physical or emotional one) My best cheerleader, advisor, definitely one of my pillars and the warrior I’ve always wanted to be when I grow up I have to say is my mom, Aida L Herrans. I would give her ALL the credit, but I definitely had other family members and friends along the way that has supported my life and career choices and have helped me and given me the strength to keep going for my dreams, and I’m lucky enough to say the list is pretty extensive. My mom does take first place though, there is no doubt in that.

Website: www.theartsywagon.com

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Image Credits
headshot done by: Juan Carlos Arvelo

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