When Dabito and I first came up with the idea to start The Creative Residency, we did so because we felt like there was a need for ‘serious’ (read: challenging) creative seminars that put a premium on building relationships with other creative folks (collaboration is key). We also felt it was important the seminars cover a wide spectrum of subjects–because nowadays, doesn’t it feel like you need to know a little bit of everything to have a successful creative business (social media, photography, writing, styling, graphic design…)?!
We had our first seminar, The Social Media Practicum a few weeks ago and it was pretty amazing. Hosted by RoomForty, the eight-hour long seminar took place in an intimate room with 14 hyper creative fellows. The above kokedamas we handmade by Kelly Cuadra and were our gifts to all fellows– a symbol for growth and ‘keeping you shit together.’ ;)Whilst chowing down on RoomForty’s delectable eats (including the most incredible stuffed jalapeno poppers) we shared constructive criticism, and discussed and divulged everything we know about finding and developing ones voice and building and growing an audience online.
I was humbled and thrilled with what some of the fellows of the seminar had to say about the day on their own blogs: Katja Ollendorff, pattern designer, says: “Oh my! What an amazing day full of invaluable information, collaboration and sublime company.”
Interior and botanical consultant, Debra Szidon says :” Over the weekend I flew to LA to work on my Social Media skills with Justina Blakeney and Dabito of the The Creative Residency…I left feeling totally inspired!…(it) was an invigorating experience and one that I highly recommend.”
Kelly Cuadra also made these flower arrangements. She’s amazing. The whole day was artfully captured by Jennifer Young.
You can learn about all the fellows from the Social Media Practicum right here.
AND now YOU can join us in the next one as we have just announced the Social Media Colloquium which I will be co-teaching again with Dabito here in Los Angeles. The Colloquium is designed to quickly inspire, motivate and propel you and your creative brand to achieve your goals. And until Friday, JB est. 79 blog readers will get 15% off enrollment fees with the code: ITSNEVERTOOLATE because it’s never too late to get your shit together. :D I really hope I get a chance to meet you there!