A one year anniversary with DC's creative community
In May 2015, I got a mention on instagram from my good friend and former teacher Amanda Archibald to check out this cool blogger and her new project. The blogger: Morgan H. West, and the project: A Creative DC. Still not entirely sure what to do with almost a year of art school completed and no freelance experience, I was willing to gain info on creative professionalism from wherever they came. I had just started working for a wedding photographer, but from more of a technical learning point. I still hadn't moved from VA to DC, so the real goings on of the city were seen as an outsider for the most part.
I loved what Morgan and A Creative DC were up to, and decided I wanted to get involved, so I shot her an email. We met at Halsa in the Brookland NE neighborhood, beginning my exposure to new areas of DC. I loved Morgan's job position as a consultant, content creator...a creative jack of all trades, if you will. At that point, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as a photographer, but I knew I wanted creativity to be involved.
I agreed to watch Morgan do her thing and help her wherever she needed me between her own business and A Creative DC. At that time, A Creative DC was just a hashtag that I watched evolve into a dynamic website, in real life movement, and collaboration with local government. Each step Morgan's side project took just showed how much of a need had to be filled for DC's creative scene.
One of the biggest introductions for me to DC's artist community was when A Creative DC started collaborating with Maketto to host IRL events. The first one over a year ago was a huge success, with high attendance and creative positive vibes flowing every which way. Many of the people I've collaborated and worked with since then have come from these events.
After a few different events around the city, I started to see the same people, and bonds began to grow. At that point DC started to become a real small town among its artists, which is a feeling everyone wants from where they live.
A year ago, I was observing and shadowing and waiting patiently for my own chances for work to come along. And a year later, I've started a new internship with a great local travel company, and this summer I have freelance jobs lining up at rates faster than I originally thought would happen, and I couldn't be more excited.
I wrote this because I didn't even realize how much could change in a year, but in this case, change is an amazing thing.