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Meet Ana Cassalett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Cassalett.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I took music lessons since I was a kid and performed with ‘Claraluna’, a musical theater group from age 9 to 20. I always knew music was my thing, I loved being on stage and being in the studio, but as I got older I fell in love with what goes on behind the scenes. I wanted to pursue a career in music but with time my focus shifted from performance to production and engineering. This decision led me to Full Sail University in Florida, where I got a degree in Recording Arts. After Full Sail, I decided to move to LA and have been living here ever since.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think there is such a thing as a smooth road, especially when it comes to following your dreams. I think anyone trying to get into the music industry takes this big leap of faith. Sometimes the progress seems a little slow for your liking but you have to remind yourself that hard work and perseverance will get you there.

As a woman in the industry it’s at times hard to be seen as an equal. I’ve been very lucky to have met incredible people who have taken a chance on me but I’ve also heard things like ‘I don’t think this is the environment for you’ or ‘…I don’t know if the guys would like to work with a female engineer’, (I wish I was kidding, believe me). I love seeing more women involved and I hope it gets to the point where it no longer is seen as strange or curious to have women in the studio. It’s all up to you. Yes, there will be long hours and sleepless nights. Yes, there will be some struggles. Yes, you will one day prove them wrong.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I don’t think I was actively looking for a niche but I fell into vocal production and I love it. I love singing and working with vocalists. Writing with them, helping them get their best performance and making sure it is all on point, that’s my job. Being a singer is a huge advantage as it allows me to better communicate with the artist I’m working with. I have been able to be part of some amazing projects with artists I admire but I think what I’m most proud of is receiving a Latin Grammy for my work as an engineer on a children’s album. I’ve been able to write and engineer for ‘Claraluna’(the musical theater group I was part of) and it feels like a full circle.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think patience, resourcefulness and hard work are the magic formula behind success. Behind every great moment in my career, there have been countless hours of chaos and troubleshooting….you should really expect the unexpected! The only way to make it through is by thinking outside the box, keeping your cool and most importantly: keep going.

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Mauricio Lozano, Thera Harisch

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