We had the good fortune of connecting with Meryl Klemow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meryl, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Most of what I have done in my career and just for fun is to put my thoughts out there in the world, whether it’s through writing, podcasting, on the radio, or even a few awkward stand up comedy shows. I’ve seen the past couple years get a little more treacherous in terms of people “canceling” each other because they don’t agree with them. I think it’s VERY important for society, art, and culture to allow a pushing of boundaries without this shielding of thought. In order to have the confidence and thick skin to really speak my mind and go against the grain sometimes, I “pre-canceled” myself so society didn’t have to do it for me. I value freedom and spirited conversation, and I know I’m not alone. That plus my love and interest in the conspiracy world launched my brand – we are a tongue and cheek take on cancel and conspiracy culture. I wanted to make a space that bridges the gap between the woman gasping at home with CNN on 24/7 and the dude wearing a tin foil hat in that woman’s basement.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I had a big realization a few years ago that, much to my dismay, I actually had to do the hard work myself in terms of getting out there and going for opportunities. I think a turning point in every creative person’s life is having it really sink in that we can’t control everything or how other people will respond, but we can put our focus and energy on what we want. I still constantly map out what it is I would like out of the next stage of life and then try to move past the excuses I tell myself of why it can’t or shouldn’t happen. Amazing things happen when you actually feel like you deserve what you are going for. We really all can motivate each other with our words and actions more than we will ever know. You can support the dreams of others at no cost just by a repost on social media, sharing their work with a friend, or recommending them for any opportunities that can help. When you are really following on the direction of your path, it becomes easy and natural to want to genuinely see others succeed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Easy! I’m lucky and fortunate enough to live both in San Diego and Los Angeles, and the hustle and bustle of LA has actually helped me appreciate the peaceful and calmer nature of San Diego a little more. Here are a few of my favorite don’t miss things:
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t have the confidence and motivation to go out and try things without the support of my parents Ken and Sheree. They don’t always fully agree with my decisions, but show trust and faith in me when I decide to make them. Plus, they are silly and always have been. It’s not easy to grow up as a serious person when your mother is running up the stairs pretending she’s a horse or your family breaks out in a musical number during dinner. I’m also a huge fan of surrounding yourself with great people. One of my biggest joys in life is the smart, talented, funny friends I have been lucky enough to reel in.