We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Anders and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I graduated from University with a degree in Vocal Performance, dreams of a singing career, and a need to somehow make money while I worked towards my goals and aspirations. As a young college graduate I jumped from one odd job to the next trying to pay my bills and support myself while I wrote, recorded, and made music. Eventually I was hired as a personal assistant to the CEO of a company and became increasingly responsible for most of the day to day tasks that not only kept his world running, but the company and staff running. It dawned on me in this time how capable I was. Something we tend to forget when we’re young. I thought, “if I can handle all of this at 23 years old, and this successful business man trusts me to do it, why in the world am I not doing it for myself?” The job was eating up so much time I had almost no personal time to make any music and I knew that if I didn’t make a change I was going to get lost in the corporate world, which was not the world I personally wanted to be in. So I sat down, assessed my skill set, and decided that I was going to take my degree and my experience to date, and open a vocal studio. I was so young, I had no idea how I was going to get clients, let alone get enough of them that I could transition to coaching full time, but I knew I had to try. Time, persaverance, and no Plan B were really the winning combination, and I continued to put one foot in front of the other, honing my skills as a coach and vocalist, all the while growing as an artist and entertainer. The two worlds have married together beautifully over the years, and the autonomy that owning my own business has allowed me has been such a gift. I know that my experience and success as an entertainer has only made me a better vocal coach, and vice versa. I look back on that time in my life often, grateful that I was brave enough to take that risk. I would encourage everyone to listen to that still, small voice when it tells you to leap. It rarely lets you down.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think I’m most proud of the tenacity that I have had through really difficult times and extremely proud of the team of people I have built. No journey to your dream is ever easy. The road is long and winding and you have to have good people around you who help hold you accountable, lift you up on the hard days, and get behind you and push when you need all hands on deck. The entertainment industry is extremely difficulty because you’re not necessarily successful based on your merit. You may stay successful because of your ability level and what you bring to the table, but getting there is about so much more than whether or not you have talent. It’s a ton of hard work, a lot of relationship building, long hours, rejection, little wins along the way, and a little bit of luck. There have been many times when I’ve been so exhausted I really thought I couldn’t go on, but you have to dig deep. I want people to know that this hasn’t come easily and not to compare yourselves to people’s highlight reels on social media. We’re all in the trenches doing our best. Just put one foot in front of the other and get started!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite LA Spots: Outdoors: Runyon Canyon Fryman Canyon Griffith Observatory Venice Beach Entertainment: Ford Theatre- amazing backdrop Hollywood Bowl Chinese Theatre Eats: Duke’s Malibu- Sitting on the outside patio watching the waves Granville Studio City Robina’s – hole in the wall but you won’t have better Indian food anywhere Mercado- Might be my favorite Mexican restaurant in LA and that’s saying a lot Sugarfish for sushi
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is an entire village of people who have made it possible for me to go out on a limb and do this. Of course my family. I know that’s cliche but honestly, I couldn’t have survived those first couple years of building my business without them and I definitely couldn’t have survived the emotional ups and downs without them. My long time boyfriend, and now fiancé who has never asked me to be anyone other then who I am, and who tirelessly supports my dreams even on the days I don’t think I can keep going. And of course each and every single client, who when presented with an array of coaches to lead them through their journey and career, have chosen to trust me to guide and help them. They are the reason I have a business and they are the reason I’m able to achieve so many of own dreams.
Main Photograph and “Evolution” album Cover by: Michael Maples