Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandy Lewis.
Hi Brandy, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles and came from a career of managing actors and musicians. For a few years, I thought about starting something outside of the entertainment business and left myself so open to anything and everything, even I was curious to see what I would end up doing. Then when I was finally ready to take my saved up seed money and invest it into what, I didn’t know, my father died. I was completely and utterly destroyed emotionally and a couple of months later, I realized the only time I felt any relief were the 3 hours a week I sat in a creative writing class. So then came the vision – I wanted four walls wherein people could practice what really mattered in this world – being creative, without any emphasis on talent or perfection or anything else. My biggest personal creative breakthrough came in that same writing class when I learned about the editing progress, that pure gold did not have to immediately go from pen to paper, it could be a complete mess and you could fix it later. So “Makers Mess” perfectly described the environment I wanted to make. And then came the unexpected gift of being able to support all these creatives from different fields all over the world. One day I realized however far I thought I wanted to get from the entertainment business, I still ended up in the same field of supporting artists.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has been anything other than smooth. More like leading myself down a dark hallway, feeling my way as I go. Zero business plan went into this when I started. Instead, I had sort of dared myself to execute the next “good idea” I had or give up forever and (finally, mercifully) admit I could never do anything. And I meant it! Don’t forget I was in the middle of facing big, wild concepts like mortality. So there was no spreadsheet with quotas to be met or research of prices to charge. Oh, and I loathe talking about or accepting money from anyone. So there was that too.
As you know, we’re big fans of Makers Mess. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
I started by hosting guest teachers to teach their specialty in the studio, then that grew into supporting local makers and letting them share their knowledge with others. Kids camps and parties came next. Now our main focus is helping companies all around the world improve their client relationships or employee enrichment activities by having us host workshops for them. I find this particularly rewarding because it goes back to my original concept of wanting to help people connect to what I consider the most meaningful thing we can experience – our creativity.
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