Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Brown.
Amanda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Well, my story is not the best for a happy read but I feel it’s necessary to be open about it because it’s honestly how I got to where I am today.
Today, I work as Director of Public Relations & Marketing at MASH Gallery in Downtown LA’s Arts District. I also run my own company, The Resin Collection, where my focus is curating unique contemporary art exhibitions/experiences, designing cool frames, pissing people off, engraving weird images in shower doors and just doing what I love with really fun people!
I went from a country girl in Buffalo, NY to living 8 years in Manhattan (where I got started in the art world) to Los Angeles, CA and have been here for 6 years now. I never would have guessed in a million years I’d end up on the west coast, but I’m here now and riding the wave. (No, I don’t surf, but I enjoy puns!)
In a very brief synopsis, I’m not unlike a lot of people in that we all have our struggles, especially now with the opioid epidemic, a lot of families are suffering. I was dealt a very intense hand at life losing my father to opiod addiction leading him to commit suicide, my brother to kidney failure and then my mother to opiod and alcohol abuse. In a flash a family of 6 was a family of 3, we lost our family home and eventually all our relatives pushed us away. I think there is “that moment” in everyone’s life that is the major deciding factor as to the direction of your future… to go in a downward spiral or to find a way to grow. I have always been a fighter, and now with my surviving brother and sister going through the same pain as myself, I couldn’t let them down or have them hurt anymore and certainly not due to anything I caused. I chose to try to be something more than I was capable of, with very little, and this challenge distracted me for long enough to be able to avoid a total collapse. I found the art world.
I met an artist from Spain, Domingo Zapata while I was living in NYC trying to build my first company. (“Big City. Little Gesture” a small gift delivery company…picture someone sending you a Snickers bar or single rose at a random time during the day with a little note, this was the concept and I thought it would take off and make me rich, well it didn’t, but I met a lot of cool people) A few weeks after meeting Zapata, I became his Manager and a few weeks after that I made my first art sale…selling 12 pieces of art to Johnny Depp at my first art exhibition at the Chateau Marmont. Sounds crazy, cause it is….but 100 percent true.
From this point on I worked my tail off! I travelled and curated exhibitions all around the world and as I grew, so did my company and the amount of artists I was working with and ultimately my ambitions. I started to challenge the way art is exhibited and putting more pressure on myself to really make the shows I do unique and an immersive experience. I’m still doing this today, searching for cool little islands in Connecticut to curate or how to make art float around the room…it’s a dream come true to be able to have this much fun in my career. Years are flying by, with now over 60 exhibitions under my belt and I am eager to do more!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Besides the number one challenge being my family story, I will say that working in the art world can be a huge financial rollercoaster. I was never afraid of being poor and that’s good because it happens often, however, I was terrified of being bored and this is literally never the case. Once things were put into perspective and I have dealt with the really difficult over and over again, it all started to smooth out and I have learned to accept it. Bad times, hard times, happy times all that is part of the process of life. I just won’t give up, because what’s there to talk about then?
What else should we know?
I’m known for being impatient, innovative, the weird idea-er and the “no way I’m going to invest in that” woman. My goal is to challenge the way art is exhibited and to utilize this wild platform I’ve named “The Revolving Exhibition,” to encourage cultural exchange through contemporary art and bring the world closer together. “The Revolving Exhibition” is my dream to build…picture a three-story high, spiral conveyor belt system with paintings attached to it and it moves around the room! You have to admit it sounds amazing, and I will build it one day for sure!
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I’d have to say it was the moment I said to Domingo Zapata “I don’t want to be your Assistant. I am going to be your Manager.” I believe this put me on the right track for my future. I was determined to be a leader and to be heard if I was going to be a part of anything. I needed to build my name and work toward something bigger for my family and at that moment I was ready.
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