We had the good fortune of connecting with Sloane Warren and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sloane, how do you think about risk?
I was taught from an early age by my father, who is an entrepreneur, that regret in life aren’t the risks we take and fail at, but the longing feeling of the risk that was never taken at all. That has always stuck with me, and really propelled me on my journey as I balance being a multi-hyphenate storyteller and owning my own neuromuscular therapy and energy work business. If I hadn’t quit my day job back in 2006 and jumped off that scary cliff into being self employed, I would have never had any of the experiences I have had today. It was a huge risk, since we had just bought our house and a new car that same year. But that risk paid off in such a rich and fulfilling life. Since then, I have had the distinct pleasure of working both in front of and behind the camera, serving two years as a Disney World cast member (a risk that my dear husband encouraged me to take when we had very young twin boys), working on TV and film alongside legends in this business like Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Laura Linney, and the list goes on. Producing an award winning web-series, voicing a character on one of the world’s most popular videogames, Red Dead Redemption Two. Now, having a my first feature in a full development deal, during this pandemic, thanks to a risk I took entrusting a wonderful company with a script I had been working on. Today I enjoy a debt free life (except for my mortgage), which allows me to spend as much time as I can with my family and still do what I love to do! So, I would say taking risks definitely paid off for me!
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 am a true Gemini in the sense of having multiple plates spinning at once. This often baffles people when I tell them what I can fit into a single day. I have the ability to be hyper-focused yet also very scattered (which my poor husband can attest to.) So in a single day I would wake at 7:00am, cook a meal for the twins, work on my voiceover demos and springboards for accents, cook lunch (since they have been zoom schooling), write 5-10 pages on a script, do three or four hours of body and energy work with clients at my practice, come home and cook dinner, and maybe attend a webinar or enjoy a show with the family, then more research for my career, then finally bed at 11:00pm -12:00am. While it’s not easy to get to where we ultimately want to be in life, I do feel that I have been able to manifest a lot of what comes to me. I feel the power of quiet meditation time (which believe me, I do try to work in weekly if not daily) allows the creative space to open up and the gratitude mind to take over. When your gratitude mind is activated (through daily affirmations) the walls of lack come down and you begin to feel more and more joy. When you tear down those walls, and open up to the uncertainty, life has a way to giving you even more opportunities (out of the blue sometimes) then you could ever imagine. It’s because your emotional set point (in this case “joy”) aligns with the energy of what is flowing to you. Literal miracles can happen, my twin 12 year old boys are proof of that! I feel that being a creative person has taught me to have such tough skin. What other profession in the world do you go on multiple job interviews in one week and sometimes never hear anything back? However, that balanced with the times when you do get to work on a piece that has such an impact on the world, then it makes it all worth while. I am paraphrasing this but, my wise late mentor Sam Christensen once said. “We as storytellers have the most noble profession. We are the only profession in the world that mirrors back life experience and lets people know that they are not alone in this world.” When I first heard that, it hit me deep, like tears starting to well up-DEEP. What we do lets millions around the globe not feel alone in this world, so even if we get to do it part time that makes all the preparation, studying, and rejection worth it! I guess that’s the consummate optimist in me.
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.
Living in the suburbs, I don’t get into the city very much, but when I would venture into the city, I would always go to a live theatre production. Across the board, we have some of the best theatres in the country. If I want to good laugh though, I would have to plug my old stomping ground of Dad’s Garage Theatre. They are simply a consistently fun time for whatever show you may choose. Can’t wait till the day I can go to a live performance again. We rarely eat out these days but if we do it’s usually sushi. XenGo in East Cobb is our favorite. We always have a blast riding roller coasters at Six Flags or going to White Water wince it’s so close, pre-pandemic, of course. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens always stood out to me as a place that pushed the enveloped of creativity, I definitely need to get back there. Of course, since I have kids, the Atlanta Zoo and Atlanta Aquarium are always favorites as well! Mostly these days, special outings consist of hikes. There are so many hidden gems in our beautiful state with waterfalls (which are my favorite) both inside the city and a close drive up in the Georgia mountains. It’s great way to get out of the house and still socially distance for safety. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, I would love to dedicate my success to the support of my husband Scott Warren, and my parents Charlene and Richard Muller. Each have been instrumental along my journey with their support. My husband is my sounding board, cheerleader and calculated risk assessor, helping to guide me to further all the dreams I want to accomplish, and believe me there is a lot of them before my time here on Earth is done. My mother, Charlene, leads by example always encouraging me to balance work with play, and traveling literally around the world with me, which gave me my love of dialect, accents, and languages. She even encouraged me to take a huge risk and live in Nice, France my first year of high school to really immerse myself in the language. That was a risk that as a young woman, I was scared to take (even though she came with me), but it has paid off tremendously and would not have traded that experience for anything. My father, Richard, also leads by example being an inventor, his risk taking has afforded us an unbelievable childhood, having the ability to own residences and live both in North Carolina and in France. His unwavering optimism is contagious, and I believe I definitely inherited his hard work ethic.
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Headshot on first upload was Hannah Pneiwski. All the rest were taken with my I phone.