We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlie McCann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carlie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
It’s tricky when you decide you want to dedicate your life to making art. Maybe at first when you’re a kid, it seems easy, and the only option. However, when you get older there is expectations we have to overcome through family, peers, and to ourselves. “By age 25 I need to be successful” is not the mindset those should have when creating art, whether success to you is money, fame, or at least good in you and your audiences perception- taking risks is what makes your art better. In my own life, I learned that it’s not interesting to give people what they want. It’s the same thing as no one knows what the other person is thinking circumstance. With film, no one wants to know or be able to predict what your story is unfolding, with these types of stories anyone can do this – genres, formulaic plots, etc. Risk allows me to jump into the ocean along with the audience, and go to the untouched parts of our stories, that’s what makes them personal, and that’s what separates you from everyone else. This is what makes risk valuable.
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?
When you’re an artist there is a lot of sacrifice you need to be willing to give when you create. You sacrifice yourself in someways: your preconceived notions and not be willing to give in to the expectations of what others think they want. As a creative, it is my legacy to create and go beyond myself for a piece of art. Not only does it help with the empathy of mine and others humanity, but it helps others see that for themselves in their own ways. They take that, keep it, and pass it forward. I suppose it’s always exciting to see where I’m going to take myself when it comes to this sort thing. I think as a young person, it’s so challenging to not compare yourself to other’s work, and you sort of have to hope that when you age you won’t care about what others think as much. With that, it’s also concerning that artists tend to create their best work when they are younger and still have the spark that doesn’t come with age. Allowing myself to not be limited by mimicking what I see is something I’m discovering myself, and I hope to be inspiring when others see my progress. My brand would be described as giving voices to the voiceless and isolated/misunderstood audiences that aren’t often highlighted in todays industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Go visit TimeOut Market opening on March 10th on South Beach, Miami. Wonderful bar with amazing craft cocktails and plenty of food options for everyone. Although we’re in a pandemic, Miami has wonderful festivals such as art basil in September where famous artist around the world come together to show their art. There is also Miami film festivals to check out.
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?
A lot of my growth I owe to many writers, music, and filmmakers who have made this world a little less lonely, but above all I owe where I am today to my best friend, mentor, and partner who has helped me open up a lot these past years to not only to others but to myself as well.
All art made by Carlie McCann