Last week, we had a lot of excitement going on around my patent-pending Arry Table. To bring you up to speed, I designed and patented a table design in the fall of 2010 and have been busy as a bee since then on working on taking this idea/prototype to product. I have big dreams - and really believe it'll change lives, like it has for me I had decided to live in the city five years ago - and with it, came space constraints. I chose this great one bedroom - with a fabulous rooftop deck, great amenities and a park a block away. My one bedroom had this great little alcove area - and I wanted to use it for so many things: an office, a kitchenette, a dining table, an arts and crafts room, open yoga room, etc... but the options out there for me just didn't cut it - hence, I decided to design a table that did cut it.
More on the table to come... first, my experience working with the experts of their craft.
I am working with an awesome photographer, Thom and Jamarie of Tagged by TM, an awesome videographer, Mike Folden, and a talented makeup artist, Krystal of Smashing Divas. It is my first time working with professionals in this realm - and it started off with coming up with "looks" for my table photoshoot, the video, and some professional headshots. It was quite an interesting and a big learning experience for me - learning more about myself and the art/craft that they work in.
Picture to the left is the process of going through my closet with Krystal, Jamarie, and another model/stylist to come up with those looks. Exciting, yes - afterwards. During, it was humbling. Having people go through your closet: It's like having all of your innards and darkest secrets - everything you throw into your closet and under the rug being exposed. Yes, I haven't really been shopping in over five years - all of my money goes into my startups now. Anyways - thankful to have good people that I can trust help me.
I learned that it takes a bit of thinking and planning to come up with awesome photos/videos. We spent a bunch of time refining the message, the branding, the looks, the colors... the end product is the fruit of hours of work. I cannot wait to see the end product - the photos from Tagged by TM, the video by Mike Folden. Smashing Divas did things with my face I had no idea were possible - wow, make-up!? One of the looks we did was a "professional" one, and wow, if only I knew how to look that awesome. Taught me that I will never stop learning and refining myself - a great thing.
Ah well, I am super lucky to have had such an awesome team helping me with this project. Super super blessed. One thing I've learned to appreciate it specialization, trusting and believing in the experts you work with to do their thing. There comes to point where the best thing I can do is simply let go and trust that all will be taken care of - because I've found the best people I can to help me.
Thank you: Thom, Jamarie, Mike, Alec, Jeff, Ryan, Ron, Roy, Roger, Tim, Dae and so many others for helping me with this.