Nice to meet you, I’m Ann. I started in the entertainment business in my early 20’s in Minneapolis, and began my career managing models and talent for Elite Model Management. It’s an unusual story. It was suggested to me that I give modeling a try while I was still in college back in the early ‘80s. As I was working the runway, however, I realized I would rather do the choreography, production, client management, and direction - instead of being out there myself. So at the infamous First Avenue Nightclub on Hennepin Avenue, I began doing just that. Those Friday nights were special. Prince, Morris Day, Jerome, Wendy and Lisa… man, those after-parties were great.
About eight years in, I was managing about 500 talents out of three different facilities in the Twin Cities. I handled the policy and procedure, development of administrative and human resource programs, hiring and training, booking, producing… all of these things satisfied my left brain. And the creative direction, artist development, asset creation and presentation, and client relations all gave my right brain the excitement of working on something really cool. My heart beat stronger when I was doing these things for someone whom I cared about; a talent that had the guts and potential, but not the where-with-all. I wanted to help these fabulous actors and models learn to sparkle.
I married by college sweetheart, and when he was transferred I had a big decision to make about my career. Luckily for me, John Casablancas found in me the talents to help him grow his agencies nation-wide. So as I followed my husband, I was able to continue in the business - traveling to those agencies that needed a little direction, or a little nudge in the right direction. It was a great gig, but I missed the one-on-one with the talents, which was my initial impetus to get in the business to begin with. At that point I had investors and even a space in place to start my own agency in Chicago.
Then I got pregnant.
During the beginning of those long years of raising three children, I continued in the entertainment business, but my kids always came first. I started working locally here in Chicago with numerous start-ups, developing business models and P&P, doing the hiring, training, and administrative support. I had the opportunity to work on a community and fundraising level - including writing, directing & producing live stage shows - development and pre-production for films and projects, and producing live music events for Sundance Film Festival in association with PBS, Mountain Jam Music Festival, World Peace One, Oneness World Beat Music, and The Shift.
Silberman Productions grew out of that, and I started the imprint Little Cabin Entertainment in 2013 as a way to get back to working one on one with artists. As I re-established old friendships and networks, I established new ones. I feel so fortunate to be working with the high caliber of professionals around me. I am so proud of my artists, and continue to cultivate new artists, and I want yours to be one of them.
CHICAGO | LOS ANGELES
LJ, my oldest daughter, is my partner in crime in this company. She handles A&R, publishing administration, web and graphic design, and creative consulting. She is currently a senior in University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, soon to be receiving a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry. LJ has also been working as a coordinator for various film production companies in conjunction with her schoolwork, two of which are in production on feature films, and has been credited as both an Associate Producer and Unit Production Manager on a couple feature and short film projects. Through her diligent school and professional work, she has developed a keen sense for high quality and marketable music, and is my second set of ears on all submissions. In her spare time, you can find her out dancing to funk music, sipping whiskey at The Hotel Cafe listening to local singer-songwriters, camping and hiking around the greater Southern California area, backpacking around the world, or binge-watching the newest shows on Netflix (unless she’s been sucked back into The Office void - c’mon, we’ve all been there…) If you can’t reach me for any reason, please don’t hesitate to give her a call.
LOS ANGELES | CHICAGO