We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Sloan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
To put it simply, I’m inspired by stories. I consider myself a journeyman of sorts and by that I mean, I like to experience all walks of life. All types of people. Everyone has a story and the most incredible thing about that is that you’ll never know what’s going on in anyones life at any given moment. People are filled with and made up of emotions and when given the chance to tell a story, most people open up. I’m always inspired when someone opens up their world to another to share a story, whether it be a triumph or a failure, a story of love or a story of loss, it’s a story that gives you a glimpse into that person’s life and any preconceived notions you may have of that person can dissipate just but hearing what they have to say. It helps you understand where they come from and why they are the way they are. As a writer/performer working in the entertainment industry, I find it extremely important to listen. You’d be surprised at some of the stories that exist out there.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Right now, I’m in the process of reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s about creative living beyond your fears. I feel that so many artists are truly scared of showing off their work. We live in a world where something can be interpreted wrong and years of work can be canceled by a single tweet. But art is forever subjective and it’s just as important to the creator as it is to those who experience it. Elizabeth gave a quote about this very thing, she said, “In the end, creativity is a gift to the creator, not just a gift to the audience.” The life of an artist, no matter what industry they fall in, is one filled with judgment. The judgement comes from everywhere but if you’re being creative and are open enough to share your work, you literally never know who it will stick with, who will learn something, who will understand it and who it might change. It’s never easy. As for me, I’m currently adopting this way of thinking. I’m working on not seeing my work or art as something that needs to be perfect in order for me to show it off. Just the mere act of releasing it into the world is an incredible feat. Currently, I’ve got a bunch of stuff that’s on the way. I’ve got three short films that are close to being released. I’m currently co-writing another project with some friends with he goal of making something for ourselves by ourselves. That’s something that would have scared the hell out of me a few years ago but that was a different Evan!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I’ve got a friend coming to LA, there are places I have to take them. 1st, it’s about perspective, we’re going to the Griffith Observatory to gaze at the city in all it’s smoggy glory. If we’re going to eat, we’re going to Grand Central Market. If they’ve never been to LA then we’re going to In and Out and it’ll be on me. It’s a right of passage. If we’re going to the beach, we’re going to Malibu. If you want to see all the weird and beautiful people that Los Angeles has to offer, we’re going to walk on the Venice boardwalk. If this person is a film lover, we have to check out Hollywood. It’s never what people think it is, but it certainly has it’s own charm and history. We’ll have to go to Rodeo Drive to window shop. We’re going to take a drive down the PCH. We’re going to go to see a movie in a historic theater. We’re going to Amoeba, because, obviously. We have to get some Birria quesotacos and probably a chicken sandwich from Howlin Rays. We’re going to try one of the 1,000 incredible coffee shops. We’re going to Angel City Brewery for a White Nite and then we’re ending the night or the trip with a few cocktails at a speakeasy like Break Room 87 or Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. These are a few of my favorite things! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to say, I wouldn’t be anywhere without the love and support of my family. From a young age, I was told that I was able to accomplish anything I put my mind to, no matter how big the dream, the important thing was to dream and to believe that that dream was possible. That is a lesson that I’m so grateful for. It makes me look at life, no matter what stage I might be at and find a way to appreciate all the things I’m working towards. For the longest time, I judged myself based on the monetary success I had achieved. I quickly learned that was doing a disservice to myself and my creative endeavors. I heard a quote that put it all into perspective for me, “One should measure their worth by their dedication to their path, not by their successes or failures.” When I graduated college, I had an opportunity to move across the country to chase my dreams and my parents said, “we’d rather you move and go after what you want then to think back years later and regret not doing it.” So that’s been the driving force behind me for the last 10 years.