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Meet Ann Cabano in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Cabano.

Ann, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been an entrepreneur for years, my first successful business was called Banana Soul Girl whitch started as an art company and online Ebay store. Since I have always been a ‘many hats’ wearer, I also had a housecleaning, organization and caregiving side to the company.

So there I was, with a full week of house clients rotated around working with in-home hospice clients, making art and selling vintage jewelry in my spare time. This is actually the first time I have connected the dots from then to now.

I was with one couple for five years, and found that astonishing to witness. This was when I really started to study ‘energy’ and life force. Eventually, the husband left the planet first and six months later, his wife followed. As synchronicity would have it, I had made an appointment at a local holistic college to look into massage on the exact same day she passed.

It was my interaction with another client that got me interested in the idea of massage; she asked me to put lotion on her skin and I realized she’d not been touched for a while because of her disease.

At any rate, I left my business behind and went on to become an LMT and learned all about the mind, body, soul connection. Eventually I was hired at the college and became an instructor, and had a long stretch for almost 12 years teaching massage, Reiki, communications and toe reading which is a reflexology based modality.

In 2008, I picked up a camera. I had just gone through a tremendous heartbreak and decided to ask people about love. That lead me to where I am today.

Through launching a non-profit, I co-founded and resigned from five years later to becoming a documentary film maker and paying the bills being a video production specialist and social media manager, here I am today.

Ann Cabano LLC is a holistic and visual arts company with Ann Cabano Films and a social awareness film festival and educational conference platform called The Just Be Love Project.

Interestingly enough, I started working with a camera the same time I started working with holistic medicine and I am where I am today as a holistic minded entrepreneur, film maker and producer because I refused to wear just one hat.

Has it been a smooth road?
If everything is running smoothly, I don’t think you are doing it correctly. Resistance builds muscle and failure is actually an amazing way to learn, grow and succeed.

One of my biggest challenges has been combining my loyalty to people with my business. I have certainly been burned, lost opportunities and devoted a lot of time creating and developing ideas and films too, only to lose them because I did not ‘get it in writing’.

Those interviews about Love are one prime example. Unfortunately, that is a movie that will never be made unless I start again from scratch. However, I learned a WHOLE lot about perspective and life experiences and how people come to their beliefs about love, so, there is that.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ann Cabano LLC – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Ann Cabano LLC, Ann Cabano Films and The Just Be Love Project specialize in the ‘art’ of humans. Everything I do is about becoming empowered, inspiring change, a learning about one another though creative expression.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Tempe is where I live and where I do business from. I do not have an ‘office’ or four walls people can visit… though, I do have a lot of visits and shoots in my home and throughout Tempe because it provides an amazing landscape for video and photography.

That being said, I love the hip, young feel of the town where I can ride my bike up to the market or walk down to Mill Avenue and sit by the water at Tempe Town Lake. I love diversity, artsy and hippie and Tempe provides all of that.

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Image Credit:
Cyril Pangan, Paula Leeper, Jeanne Smith

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