Five Questions for: Shoshana Polanco

shoshana_pName: Shoshana Polanco

Title/Occupation: Creative Producer

Organization/Company: Independent


1. Where did you grow up and how did you end up where you are now?

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and I moved to NYC almost 10 years ago for personal reasons. Now I live in NYC, but also spend a lot of time in Mexico City working & also for personal reasons (aka love)

2. Which performance, song, play, movie, painting or other work of art had the biggest influence on you and why?

The poems of Juan Gelman, the writing of Osvaldo Lamborghini, the sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, Caetano Veloso’s compositions and many others have shaped me. Each one of them is an artist in its fullest expression and I try to approach my work – either artistically or managerially – embracing the full aspect of the work of art. Multi-dimensional work and bringing every discipline together.

3. What skill, talent or attribute do you most wish you had and why?

I wish I was more patient and disciplined, because I tend to get very distracted and anxious, and most of the times, to create a piece of work, one needs a lot of time, patience, and concentration.

4. What do you do to make a living? Describe a normal day.

I am currently working as the Interim Managing Director of The Builders Association. A normal day starts between 10 and 11 am and does not end until 6 or 7 PM. It involves sitting down in front of the computer; answering multiple requests via email. Multitasking (contracts, marketing, touring, press and on and on and on)

5. Have you ever had to make a choice between work and art? What did you choose, why, and what was the outcome?

I have been lucky enough and did not need to make that choice. I found work in art. I am not an artist, but an administrator; however, I like to keep the title of “creative producer” since in order to be a good administrator for the arts, you need to keep creativity alive. You are working with artists, so you need to make space for them to create while you take care of those things that have nothing to do with creation, but give artists the space, time and resources to create. Making this happen is also a work of art.

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