We had the good fortune of connecting with Cassie Hanle Brady and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cassie, why did you pursue a creative career?
I do not fit in the confines of a traditional career be it the hours, corporate platform or any other of the structured paths that I feel come with a more “by the book” career choice. I love artistic endeavors and used to joke that my college major was cutting and pasting—technically advertising— but this was before all the technology on the computers, so yes it was a lot of scissors and glue work.
After trying several traditional jobs, nothing stuck and I just couldn’t pick one. I think as I matured I realized that no, you can’t fit into a mold that isn’t you and that you must follow where ever your path takes you. This creative liberty to express yourself and not be confined, I find exuberayting allowing freedom to express yourself and your desire to live as you truly are meant to.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love to write about everyday occurrences-the things that happen just on a daily basis and not put so much focus on the big events which I sometimes think are over-exaggerated just for the audience. I think watching and learning from other people is fascinating. . . the human behavior especially interaction between one or several is quite captivating.
So I started thinking of things as I would be out walking and then just jot down notes-nothing to complicating but then revisit them and come up with what I call stories-perhaps just short vignettes about experiences that happened to me or things I witnessed while out around town. My thought is that people will read them and think oh I have had the same thing happen to me or I know what she is talking about or feeling-just relate and feel comforted perhaps knowing that they are not the only one.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would have to split up the city definitely into sections as I love to be in just one area, eating, shopping, going to museums or just hanging out for the entire day. I would also have to include some areas that although they don’t technically fit into LA they are close enough to visit and thus must be on my list.
So day 1 would be traveling to Pasadena and surrounding areas to include San Marino and South Pasadena. The Huntington Gardens are a beautiful area to walk through as well as galleries to visit. In addition the Norton Simon Museum on Colorado is an amazing museum with art work from the impressionist period-my favorite as well as an outdoor statue garden area. Lunch would have to be at Mike and Annes followed by shopping on Mission street in San Marino.
Day 2 I must take you to Newport Beach as I so love Lido Marina with its great restaurants and shops located right on the marina. Lunch at Nobu overlooking the harbor followed by a shopping venture in the cute village.
Day 3 and 4 I am going to say a little more mellow-perhaps the beach -Malibu my favorite as my college memories can’t be beat. The Getty museum either in Malibu or the larger one above the Hills in LA are both amazing spots to visit and lunch and coffee are great to go with your trip.
Finally on Friday I am going to say breakfast/lunch from Olive and Thyme in Toluca Lake followed by a trip to the Holloywood Bowl in the evening. Listening to a myriad of performers while drinking wine yes, under the stars definitely would complete the entire week.
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?
Writing is a very personal process as most of what I describe is not just what I see and then experience thus my perspective and opinion. Whenever you put yourself out there it can be somewhat scary as you do open yourself up for not only encouragement and praise (hopefully) but also criticism and those who simply don’t care for what you are expressing.
For me, my husband has always been my biggest supporter, never asking too many questions or doubting my intentions. There never had to be a goal or point of doing this including no exit strategy in the event that it didnt work out. He has just always encouraged all of my ideas-yes some crazy for sure-and been there right along side even when I myself wasn’t so sure of some of my thoughts. For this, I am eternally grateful, as everyone needs this type of person in their corner so that they can keep going — strong and supportive to lead you along.