We had the good fortune of connecting with Annie McKnight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annie, why did you pursue a creative career?
Why I pursued a career as an artist/creative career one word “FREEDOM” Being an artist requires freedom. Freedom to Think and Share, freedom to
Dare. My inner spirit was meant to soar lolol I was different. Living in a place with very little change and fewer out of the box dreamers allowed. So, there I was in a small town doing everything creative from putting balloons, a playing card or just plain old cardboard on a bicycle spoke to make some noise. It makes me wonder was I in need of attention or needed to be heard. I believe our destiny starts immediately. The nuances pile up then move forward for the challenge if realized soon enough or if parents, guardians, caregivers recognizes things about you it the creative will move smoother all within its perfect timing. As an artist it all unraveled with school plays, church plays, choir hearing my mom singing around the house.
All gave me unspoken permission to pursue a world of total uncertainty because it depended on my creative.
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.
Professionalism, multitalented and I concentrate on my creative. When the flow happens it happens, The next project and how it can have value while creating an arena to entertain. I’ve found that I can find a place to be alone to create is rewarding; however some of my funniest ideas come while being in some of the busiest mind boggling places joy of seeing someone a sound can explode a hilarious idea then I’m grabbing my phone to speak it in. Till this point I must say arriving in LA and my first Win on the “Gong Show” with my character Grannie Annie that started it all with stand-up and 2nd major Win was “America’s Funniest People” as Tina in Lamaze class during my ninth month beautiful baby girl was born a few days later. To top myself I made a decision to go all out on the creative wing to produce a show. My latest adventure has given me another hat to wear. I’m now among the ranks of great writers, executive producers and directors. Did I say director finally telling someone what to do and they listened. My show is titled “Hire A Man Agency” it was picked up by OVA Media the COO is Cassandra Cooper who believed in me I’m grateful and very excited about this opportunity to show another side of me in this Fun World called ENTERTAINMENT!!
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.
Pro Pandemic my hangout spots were Pasadena city eateries Urth Cafe, Tender Greens, Hooks Burger in Santa Clarita, soul food Dulan’s on Crenshaw. For drinks and good food love my Truxtons Santa Monica chilling at the beach and walking Santa Monica blvd. in West Hollywood smooth walking at night. Clothes love the small unique boutiques in Long Beach. Hollywood movie complex fantastic to start an evening then drop by Pig in Whistle spots are constantly changing with exciting trendy ideas. Of course to start you night with comedy at Comedy Store, Ha Ha comedy club in North Hollywood the RLS for great live theatre 5144 Lankershim Blvd ooodles of great food, bars and people.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout for this country girl first shout: my brother Al Mcknight percussionist who was always exploring new music and artists that gave me insight of others. Columbia College in SC the Drama Department and all those that embraced me with honesty. Shoutout to Gene and Katherine Eaker husband and wife head of the department for their encouragement and eye for talent.
Sara Nalley one of my best theatre teachers at Columbia College cant say enough about her the ways to flow, arts language, and respecting my choices as an artist being free. I never forgot when I left SC for CA she said Annie you can do it here you became a big fish in a pond there you will be a little fish in the ocean. The truth. Those words prepared me for battle; forward march. Columbia SC was my first home away from home leaving SC for LA was a milestone. Before leaving Columbia I had the pleasurer of being seen by Bill Terrell the host of Jobman Caravan on SC ETV I was a guest on his show. After the show he encouraged me to buy a book “The Magic Of Believing” by Claude Bristol remarkable read very inspirational. Last, but not least
J Anthony Brown deserves a shout out. Comedian, writer, Actor, songwriter & radio host on the Steve Harvey show made an inprint into my life as a comedy mentor. The manager of the Punchline Comedy club told him Annie McKnight is funny. We met became friends and I’ve had the pleasure of watching him explode into lasting stardom.
My agency Aperture Talent and management Eileen O’Farrell for major consistency. Shoutout to my fans
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