The Jam Is On
Where are you from?
I was born near Athens, grew up in Barnesville, GA and I’ve lived in Atlanta for a little over 6 years.
Who do you work for?
My day job is for a post-production house called LAB 601. We do editorial work for films, commercials, TV shows, etc. and I am the Business Development Manager which is code for AWESOME. My night and weekend job is being the Director of MINT – we’re a nonprofit arts group dedicated to encouraging and facilitating creativity in Atlanta and Georgia.
What are your Current Project(s)?
MINT is working on some really fun stuff right now – we’ve got our Postcard Pinup Show coming up on December 13th. We host one of these every year and we strongly encourage anyone and everyone to participate. There are usually between 60 and 70 artists involved and we do a raffle with lots of prizes from local vendors and it turns into a big party. We’re planning our schedule for next year and I’m really excited about some of the exhibits we’re putting together – especially the cult film project being curated by Millie DeChirico and Eric Weber of Turner. Also, we’ve been talking to the guys over at WonderRoot about some public art projects. I’m hoping to start hosting some classes and workshops really soon as well. Personally, I have some ideas for video/installation work that I’d like to get started on. There are not enough hours in the day.
If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep?
I actually don’t own any sneakers (I know, I know!) I do wear my Vans slip-ons like they are going out of style so I don’t think I could ever give them away.
What’s on your iPod right now?
My ipod broke (it was so old that it was the size of the Saved by the Bell cell phone). But in my CD player and on my computer I am listening to new(ish): Fleet Foxes (my vote for album of the year), Gang Gang Dance (Liz Bougatsos, I love you. Call me!), M83, School of Seven Bells, Phosphorescent, Deerhunter, Bon Iver, Lavender Diamond and old: Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser, you are speaking my language), The Go-Betweens (listen to Cattle and Cane, it will BLOW YOUR MIND), Billy Bragg, Smog, Kate Bush, and of course, The Cranberries.
What’s your Favorite ATL food?
Thai food – Little Bangkok holds the key to my heart! I also frequent Eats, El Myr, Ria’s, Taqueria del Sol and I just ate Burger Win for the first time and it was dreamy!
What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
I am probably paying at least one employee’s bills at the Earl. You can also find me spending ridiculous amounts of money at Young Blood, seeing art at Beep Beep, having a shawty at El Bar, drinking beer at Manuel’s Tavern or my new favorite place, The Bookhouse. I also like The Independent because they have scrabble but I don’t go there nearly often enough.
What are your Pet Peeves?
Artists who bring in their work late and/or not ready to hang. Seriously people, get it together!
Raymond Carr (I miss you boo!), Mike Germon and Rebecca White (my righthand man and woman), Stephanie Dowda and John Paul Floyd of Click Clique, Emilee Heath and Justin Weaver of My Mom’s Basement, Jillian Fratkin, Chris Nalesnik, Damian Dunn and Derek Mize of Sideshow Improv, Serious Ron, Chelsea Raflo of Artrelish, Chris Appleton and Witt Wisebram of WonderRoot, Genna Saloff, Lee Summers, JTrav and the Sealions, Ross Martin, Ashley Anderson, Victoria Warren, MINT’s interns Emily Luke, Phil Jones (aka Dogbite) and Chris Richardson, the ladies of the Coathangers, Steve Rauber, Matthew Manning, Kelly Teasley and Maggie White of Young Blood, James McConnell and Mark Basehore of Beep Beep, Jeremy Abernathy and Ben Grad at Burn Away, Tessa Horehled at Drive a Faster Car, my old WRAS friends and last but definitely not least, my mom and my dad and the rest of my amazing family.