There’s something about turning a simple idea into an attractive, sold out event which I really enjoy.
I’m lucky to be involved with two progressive companies who are both independently changing the way we think about design, creativity and the way in which we learn. Through these two organisations I have run several events in the past year and I find that I enjoy this aspect of the job more and more. I mean who wouldn’t like to be responsible for putting on a good show?
I’m one of the organisers for the Sydney Chapter of Creativemornings along with my good friend Marie Agudera. The other is Tractor. An industry run design school like no other, but that’s a whole other story.
Image by Liz Laughton
Marie and I met whilst we were both in the process of pitching to bring CreativeMornings to Sydney and for the first time, Australia. In short, Marie and I met and realised we had similar goals for a Sydney chapter of CreativeMornings and teamed up. Part of the application process was to put together a video application, which neither of us had much experience making. But we’re designers! So we gave ourselves one weekend to shoot, edit, publish and send off a 2.5 minute video introducing ourselves, our fine city and sell our combined idea for what we would do with CreativeMornings Sydney.
Image by Liz Laughton
It took some time to hear back, we found out later that other people in Sydney had also shown interest in applying (which I had long suspected, and was an important factor in our decision to put together the application in such a short amount of time). I came in to the studio at about 6am for a group Skype – the final stage of the interview.
The Skype was with none other than Tina Roth Eisenberg aka SwissMiss, the CreativeMornings ‘Chief Breakfast Officer’ and all ’round nice guy Kevin Huynh, Marie and myself.
Tina and Kevin were in New York, Marie was in Texas for South by Southwest and I was in Sydney, poaching wireless in the Mentally Friendly studio.
Tina and Kevin we’re super relaxed and excited to talk to us about extending the ‘CreativeMornings Family’ to Sydney and although Marie and I were pretty nervous we must’ve done something right. Somehow following the Skype I knew we had it. We found out the happy result a few weeks later and we’re over the moon. So began CreativeMornings Sydney.
As of right now we’re 4 talks down, we’ve sold out every event and I’ve extended my professional connections, gained some more experience and knowledge and had a blast. There are some big changes on the horizon for CreativeMornings on a global scale for 2013 and I’m so excited to be a part of it. For our chapter – the continued success of the events resides in keeping the talks fresh by covering a broad range of topics and not burning through all the domestic rockstars. We’re committed on finding creative people with something to say that might not have a big profile yet.
Since our first event in 2012 we’ve changed videographers and acquired Max Bon de Veire as our new Project Manager. It’s exciting to have another perspective and person with so much energy who just wants to do a good job and put on a good show. We even get a place on the global site here.
It’s challenging, time consuming and requires plenty of thought and consideration. But it’s also exciting, fun and I get to help throw events that people love, that keep sponsors are happy, and maybe expose some of the hidden talent Sydney and indeed Australia has to offer to the world.
Here’s to running events.