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Meet Theresa Baxter of ALL(MOST)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Baxter.

Theresa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always been a daydreamer, I have always been obsessive about design and pretty things, an artist, a maker, a project collector. My mom likes to call me whenever she sees a raven, because she says that’s who I am. To me, ALL(MOST) is the culmination of everything that has caught my eye up until this point, and it presents a new set of challenges and experiences every day, working with new people and new ideas.

I was born in Culver City, and although I grew up in small towns all over the west / southwest, I was always drawn back to Los Angeles. I came back here straight out of High School to attend Cal Arts, with a mind to paint and be a visual artist (I would have studied graphic design if I knew anything about anything then). I only stayed in art school for a year before following my then boyfriend to Vienna, Austria. Plan-less and restless, and having been rejected from the same art school as Hitler, I found myself studying Psychoanalysis at Sigmund Freud University. I reconfigured my life and expectations and planned to become an art therapist.

Luckily, I found myself back in Los Angeles at the end of my studies. From there I stumbled into a job in graphic design and ended up staying for work instead of going back to school for my masters in art therapy.

Back in Los Angeles, my passion for my own art and illustration work was reinvigorated, and I was really surprised at the lack of resources and support I found when seeking out an art studio and creative community. I needed a work space that was accessible to the west side, wasn’t wildly expensive, wasn’t isolating, and wasn’t the carpeted floor of my Palms apartment. I scoured craigslist, I called around, I submitted email forms. Every space was either way out of budget, full, or in North Hollywood. So, I started daydreaming, as I do, about this fictional space that would welcome and fulfill me as an artist. A space full of other creatives to challenge and support me, that would allow me the freedom to plan my own workshops and events if I wanted to, where I would learn unexpected new skills, drink a lot of coffee, and show off my work. I made the mistake of sharing these daydreams with my partner Isaac. He is a make-it-happen person, and when I would talk vaguely and aspirationally about the idea, he just said, “what’s step one?”.

My grandfather, who is my biggest inspiration, has always pushed me towards a career in the arts, and encouraged entrepreneurial undertakings. He is a man in his 80’s who runs marathons – yes, with an s – every year and “retired” a few years ago to give more time, AKA all of his time, to education reform and other philanthropic causes, with a special soft spot for the arts. Between him and Isaac, my dream became an idea, which became a plan.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It certainly hasn’t been a smooth road, I find that nothing you are passionate about ever is. I didn’t know a single thing about making a business plan, contracts, code compliance, construction, leasing, etc. etc. etc. But with an incredible support system, the guidance of my grandfather, Isaac’s know how, practical expertise and logical thinking, and a whole gang of cool ass women, we’ve been figuring it out. One step at a time.

It helps to be naive enough not to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

ALL(MOST) – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our mission is to provide accessible creative space, resources and community for up and coming artists and creatives in Los Angeles. We strive to be the answer to the challenges we faced as creatives trying to make it work; to share knowledge, methods and inspiration.

We hope to recreate the feeling of being in studio in art school – that environment that is slightly intimidating because of all of the incredible ingenuity of your peers.

A space that is quiet enough for concentration, but has a buzz of productivity, and a little bit of pressure in the air. To that end, we occupy a beautiful former tile store on La Brea, where we have transformed the once bare warehouse into an eclectic, dreamy workspace, with a gallery / gathering space in the former showroom downstairs. We have eight private art studio / creative office spaces in the warehouse, with an airy coworking space connecting them. We also offer space for pop-ups, photo shoots, workshops, private events, and host our own gallery shows.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think it’s important to always be growing in your life. No matter what your goals are, or how many twists and turns your career path takes, what matters is that you’re moving. I am here for the twists and the unexpected opportunities that present themselves.

I am trying to let go of any images of what success looks like to me. If you say to yourself, hey: I would really like to be making x amount per year and have two kids by the time I’m 30, you’re really just closing doors before they get a chance to open. So, for right now, success to me is having all of our studios are rented by inspiring individuals (they are), watching our coworking program and workshop lineup expand, fostering collaboration and learning in our space, and using my unique perspective and skill set to give back to the community. I hope that next year my measure of personal success is different, but I know that it will always be important to me that I am able to be creative in my life and to be of service.

Pricing:

  • Creative Coworking Memberships start at $79/month

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Image Credit:
Pedro Oros
Aurelie Davis
Rebecca Aranda

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