Posted on Feb, 12. 2014 Category at the office Tags
I’ve always said that the reason I work for myself is for freedom, not for money. In the last ten years I founded three businesses, each of them allowing me the flexibility to work on the projects that meant most to me as well as have a fulfilling personal life. When I flounder, the motivation and inspiration comes from my mentors and peers in my industry and business community. One gentleman in particular, author/explorer/schemer/dreamer Chris Guillebeau, makes it his mission to spread the inspiration around with his Unconventional Guides series that offers support to people who are looking to do things they are most passionate about. His latest in the series, Designed to Sell, was compiled over the last six months to inspire creators, crafters, artists, designers, and makers of all kinds to build a lifestyle and career around their creative pursuits.
When you sign up for Designed to Sell, you get what Chris calls “a complete toolkit for creative freedom,” meaning hundreds of pages of insightful and eye-opening content, dozens of interviews with makers who share what they’ve learned, follow-up support for your venture and work to help ensure your success, and guides to pricing, social media, and other how-tos you’ll need to get a leg up in the creative business community. The crazy thing is, Designed to Sell also comes with a $5000 earning guarantee, meaning you’ll make money after using the guide or you get your money back.
I know this guy and he knows his stuff. Chris’s passion for helping people realize their potential is the motivation behind the Unconventional Guides series, and if your dream is to make a living with What You Make, Designed to Sell will be an ideal resource for you.
There’s a lot to learn in there no matter how far along you are on your path to creative freedom! I think you’ll like it.
Posted on Feb, 11. 2014 Category pertaining to alice Tags
This is seriously the cheapest way to do class valentines ever…you could use collage materials like sheets from the yellow pages that get dumped on your doorstep, brown paper bags, stickers, all the art supplies and paper in the dang cabinet.
I cut out rectangles of drawing paper for every kid in Alice’s class, and she used oil pastels, colored pencils, crayons, sharpies, and mostly watercolors to decorate each one. Most of them have hearts, some of them have little aliens or bugs or smiley faces. She wrote her name on the back of each card.
It’s such a simple project for such a sweet memory. Good return on that one.
Posted on Feb, 10. 2014 Category out and about Tags
Agrippina is a Handel opera (truly a soap opera!) about the wife of Roman emperor Claudius who puts this whole conspiracy into motion to set up her son, Nero, as the successor to the throne. It’s all sex, manipulation, cunning, and the futility and fleetingness of power. You can get tickets now to see it February 14th at the Orpheum in Omaha (great date, right?) or you can wait and check out the matinee on Sunday afternoon instead. There will be just two performances here so I wouldn’t want you to hear about how awesome it was later and be sad you missed it.
Today Alice and I joined a small group of people to take a private tour backstage at the Orpheum, through the set and downstairs into the dressing, makeup, and costume rooms. We spoke to director James Darrah, scenic designer Cameron Mock, Emily MacDonald the properties manager, and costume designer Sarah Schuessler on stage about the thought process behind the nontraditionally open set design and giant projections that will be playing on a scrim behind the set. Downstairs, we met Jennifer Riviera, who plays Nero (it was written for a castrato so it’s a role that is now typically played by a woman), and spoke to the hair and makeup team as they tucked her hair back under a $2,000 lace-front handmade wig for rehearsal. The tour ended with wine (chocolate milk for Alice) and macarons, and then Alice and I sat in the auditorium for a bit to watch the beginning of rehearsal before we went off to get pizza downtown.
Here are some pictures that Alice and I took throughout the tour. The Orpheum is an awesome building–when my grandpa was the board chairman at the Omaha Symphony when I was little, he always took me downstairs to meet the conductor at intermission. I couldn’t help but think of those special memories as I held Alice’s hand down those same steep concrete stairs.
Roger Weitz, Opera Omaha Director, James, director of Agrippina, Sarah the costume designer, set dude Cameron, and props person Emily all spoke to us about Opera Omaha’s unique take on this classic Handel opera.
Dennis Bergevin talks about the process of creating wigs for the production.
Alice with Jennifer Riviera, one of the principals. Alice’s photo of herself and me in the dressing room.
Alice found this flower on the ground and asked the director if she could keep it. We ended the night with dinner at Zio’s pizza downtown. Alice got a ball of pizza dough and made little snails out of it.
We have a great city with so many affordable and accessible ways to support the arts. Check out Opera Omaha’s season schedule and get your tickets for Agrippina!