What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?
"Creative Community," is just that. To me it is a forum where the interactions that compose and support ideas, small and large, are grown from seeds into trees. The best way to utilize members of a creative community is to be open to them and to ask them to be open to you; Ask for honest insight and opinions, and make laughter an integral component of all interactions... make sure you abide by these rules as well!
How did you discover your creativity?
It discovered me.
Name the biggest challenge you have had in your career to date. How did you solve it?
The biggest challenge that happens to me all the time is trying to not overthink big decisions and topics.... while also not underthinking them. It is important to go into conversations prepared..... but to also feel natural in your own skin once you are in the moment. I try to make a list of five things I need to discuss; nothing beyond simple sentences; Then I try to let the conversation lead into these items on it's own terms.
What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?
Our first distributor that signed us! Before that we were merely an idea.
What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?
Notebook, planner, and my computer.
Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession:
1. Believe. 2. Figure out how you are going to pay yourself and your help up front. 3. Hanging out at the bar after skiing (or whatever) to discuss ideas is probably some of the most productive thinking you can do.
What are some of your favorite places/books/blogs/websites for inspiration?
Reading wise: Read quality literature .... and always find time to dabble in Calvin & Hobbes and WatchmenPlaces: Anywhere that there are green things growing in fresh air.
What would be your DREAM ASSIGNMENT?
I'd really like to learn how to make goat cheese for a day.
Who are the people that have been instrumental in your success as a creative professional?
Ironically, most of the time, it is the people that can reign in ideas, the parental type figures that tell you when you are being crazy and help you focus on the best leads to follow.
What would be your last supper?
I'd keep it light because I'd want to be on my toes. Beer, peanuts.... a couple of hunks of peppered beef jerky and vine ripe cherry tomatoes.
What would be your Networking Do's & Dont's?
Network always unless you are in a funk. If you're in a funk, take some 'you time,' and reschedule.
Full Name: Jeremy Gregory
Profession: Owner of Montucky Cold Snacks
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