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

Hi Annie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Like most artists, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Luckily I’m young enough and delusional enough to think it could work:)

Growing up, I always loved getting lost in poetry, in songs, in stories— writing them, reading them, performing them. I have some learning differences that made school hard for me— I’d been in tutoring every day of the week for almost every academic subject since 2nd grade! But music was different—there was a sense of ease and freedom that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I ended up finding my voice and my confidence in writing and performing music.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I started writing professionally at 18, where I was, typically, not only the youngest songwriter in the room, but the only female writer in the room. I was also the only one battling a chronic illness. For a while, it was really overwhelming—juggling artist sessions with doctors appointments, and procedures with pitch meetings …*sigh*. As a woman with an invisible disability in a cut-throat industry, finding my seat at the table can be tough. But I’m also learning a lot about leaning into the music I’m passionate about, and advocating for my ideas both in and out of the studio without prefacing them with, “I don’t know if this is a good idea, but…”

I think my challenges have brought a really vulnerable and powerful depth to my music. And, maybe surprisingly, a lot of fun to the process. I’m not the kind of tortured soul writer who relies solely on misery to create their music. Don’t get me wrong— I’m plenty miserable, but I’m also hopeful and sarcastic and honest and brazen. When I go into a session, my intention is to connect to the lyrics and the artists, co-writers and producers in the room, and really enjoy the process.

I’m still figuring it all out, but there is definitely a silver lining here. My crappy health has helped me write some of my best, and most personal songs. And writing these songs has helped me create meaning out of my pain.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love showing off LA to my out of town friends and family. We’ll hit my favorite spots on Sawtelle— Tatsu for out of this world ramen followed by B Sweet, for some of the best desserts on the Westside. We’ll definitely hang out at the Brentwood Country Mart for the obligatory Farm Shop Arnold Palmer while we try to get in a good celebrity sighting. Taking in a winter pink and purple beach sunset in Santa Monica is a must, followed by watching emerging musicians perform at the iconic Hotel Cafe.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is to the dogs of LA. We got our pandemic puppy (Walter) last year. His passion for tennis balls, squirrels, and random socks helped me keep my sanity and soul during the worst of the pandemic.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annieschindel/?hl=en

Other: Spotify Page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4wSUq2vI7L0BzOQ9pTgozP?si=oGLFvgqdRFGyOf2FkX6ghw

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