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

Hi Karla, how do you think about risk?
During the pande-monium, I decided to start a podcast with my friend, Roxana Ortega. It came from a conversation that our theatre company, Ammunition Theatre Co. (also LA based), had about why it’s necessary to RISK. While we believe it’s important to create environments that are inclusive, empathic, informed, and warm, we also believe that – particularly in regards to the creation of art – it is vital to push our thinking beyond our comfort zone if we want to make any kind of change. From that idea came The Risking Space Podcast. We took a year to talk to artists from filmmakers to actors to visual artists to Olympians turned writers and we asked them all about how Risk has formed the art that they create. I love these conversations. The biggest thing I took away from them was that it doesn’t serve me to play small. Sometimes as artists I think we are made to feel that we must simultaneously be unique while also fitting into the box that mass corporate media creates. The truth is, that we can ask for what we need, do what feels right, make the things that are important to us AND be successful. I feel myself living that more and more every day. Especially as a working mom who is caring for two young kids while also running a business. I understand now more than ever that with my precious “free time” I must only do what I love and love what I do.

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.
I think what makes me an interesting artist is that I have chosen a medium – acting – that puts me in front of a crowd, but I’m actually an introvert. I truly love what I do. For me, it’s about connection, collaboration and creation.

Afterwards I am happy to hide out, spend time with people I love or who inspire me, and chill until the next opportunity strikes. I both love my fans and my work, but I also truly love space and time to play away from the limelight. Especially because the art that I like to create often reflects what’s going on in my communities. So, it’s important to me that I continue to engage with those communities in order to stay true to my mission. That is what fuels my endeavors and it continues to be an interesting journey to find balance. It’s an ongoing internal conversation.

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 am loving the East Side. I would definitely take a friend to York Blvd and Figueroa in Highland Park! There are so many cute places to eat, to shop, and to hang out. I’m vegan so I love Town Pizza for a vegan/GF pie and then Donut Friend two doors down for a sweet treat at the end. Highland Park Bowl is always great for a low key evening out.

Then, I might see what’s happening at one of the local theater – like Atwater Village Theater, Ammo Theatre Company, IAMA Theatre Company, or Rogue Machine. People don’t think of LA as a theater town, but there’s really great work happening in some of these smaller spots (not to mention the larger theaters).

I would also check out some of the longer hikes in the Malibu mountains, bike from Culver City out to the ocean, and then hop into the Pacific. And if we already on the west side I’d stop by the Getty Villa or the Skirball Center – great spots for kids to explore, while the adults get to soak in some art.

Speaking of kids, there are so many wonderful parks and playgrounds. But, Descanso Gardens is a really fun Botanical Garden that is super kid friendly. And if you’re in Pasadena, you can stop by The Kids Space near the Rose Bowl and then hit up Sage Vegan Restaurant Pasadena or Little Pine in Silverlake. Mmmm…I’m getting hungry right now.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I will shout out my partner, HH John Djoser Rogers. Over the last two years he has been working on a book of beautiful, deep tidbits for meditation and living. It’s called “52 Overstandings: Appealing to the Better Humanity Within Us All”. It was a total risk and a collaboration with illustrator and editor James Hames. What they have created is rich and surprising. As I flip through the book I often pause to absorb what they’re offering, and then it lands with a “Hmm…” or “Yeah!” Check it out at 52Overstandings.com.

Website: 1to1productions.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karlamose/

Image Credits
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