|Photo by Scott Gorman
It’s hard to choose just one beneficial element, so here are a few: The opportunity to see such a varied range of work (we saw seventeen shows in two weeks!) and then engage in critical and thought provoking discussion is a foundation of S.L.I.P.. We focused on actively listening (big thanks to the lovely and talented SummerWorks General Manager, Lucy Eveleigh, for introducing and breaking down this concept. It was a huge theme for the group over the course of the program.) We met a remarkably diverse and eclectic group of artists, and had the privilege of being privy to their processes, how they marry “art and business”, and how they “do it all”; wearing many creative hats at once. It was neat to pick out the resounding themes, despite the diversity of the artist mentors and panels, which came up repeatedly.
2. Your S.L.I.P. mentor was Kristen Thomson (amazing!); what was that like? Since most artists would probably salivate at the idea of working with her, can you share some choice advice you received?
3. What’s some choice advice that YOU can provide to any future S.L.I.P. participants or anyone who’s thinking of applying?
4. Did S.L.I.P. help you overcome your fear of budgets and schmoozing?
My whole approach to the thing that I previously called “schmoozing” has evolved. It’s not “schmoozing”, it’s connecting, and connection is rooted in authenticity, truthfulness and excitement in sharing what you’re passionate about.
5. What’s next for you?
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1. As S.L.I.P. Program Director, what’s your fav. part of your job? (other than a paycheck!)
2. The S.L.I.P. program seems pretty unique in what it offers to artists; what are the elements that you feel make it stand out from other ‘mentoring’ programs in the city?
3. Can you provide an inspirational example of how the S.L.I.P. program has helped it’s participants?
4. For artists interested in applying next year, what are the key elements you’re looking for in S.L.I.P. participants?
5. If money wasn’t an obstacle what’s your ideal S.L.I.P. program?
SummerWork’s S.L.I.P. program really gets down to business
The fact that art can also be a business isn’t a new idea, but it’s still an idea that needs help. A lot of help. Fortunately the S.L.I.P. (SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program) initiative is here to pave the way for artists to hone their talent and (gasp!) perhaps actually profit from their art. Below, two intelligent and talented ladies tell us more about it. Jordi Mand is the S.L.I.P Program Director and Sasha Singer-Wilson was a 2013 program participant.