I need to share with you some people who I admire, adore and absolutely, without a doubt, know I can count on to be the BEST artist they can be EVERY time they approach their art to WORK.
Richmond has so much to offer. These are some people working in Richmond currently, or were born and raised in Richmond, who are making a difference in the Arts World every day. For that, I am forever thankful.
DJ Ghozt: One of my best friends; He’s always been there for me when I need to bounce a creative idea off someone at 3:30 AM, or I need some sound advice. He takes what I do to a new level. What you have to admire most about an artist is their TRUST in themselves and what they do. A full-time DJ, he went all in! Knowing this was his calling. He takes my visual idea for a dance, and melts it into a blend of songs. He brings fun and seriousness to what he does.
Web site: http://www.djghozt.com/
Autumn Proctor: I grew up dancing next to Autumn, watching her in awe. She has started “We Are Artists” to “educate children and young adults in the contemporary and classical forms of dance through workshops and performances. With this focus we aim to build the arts community in the Richmond/Charlottesville areas, and to expose contemporary dance and performance art to as many people as possible.” She works tirelessly to encourage dance around the Richmond area, and it’s infectious. Also, her lovely mother, who has been my inspiration since Day One!
Web site: http://www.accsdance.com/
Simon Kim: Born in RVA, a producer, videographer, photographer, great friend. He’s willing to work, day or night, rain or shine, and stay grinding until the job is done and done right. You have to respect that.
Web site: http://www.kimshimwon.com/
Melissa Chase: I grew up listening to Melissa, and when I met her later in life, I was touched by three things: 1) Her kindness 2) Her energy 3) Her passion for Richmond’s community. She’s a hard worker, a fierce business woman, who loves her city and all of the interesting people in it. She reaches out, and I love that about her.
Web site: http://1037river.com/
Dean Hoffmeyer: The unbelievable photographer who helped me with the photos for this Web site! But even more than that… he’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. No lie. He is so sweet and such a calming personality to someone as worked up as myself. His vision for photography is out of this world. His work ethic is beyond that, and his creative ideas…endless. He’s a complete joy to work with, and I cannot wait to work with him again in the future!
Web site: http://www.deanhoffmeyer.com
Chris Owens: Just recently met and had the opportunity to work with Chris. He knows what he’s looking for and he goes out there to get it! A great photographer, splendid company, and so much fun to work with! He’s working on a project “100 Portraits in 100 Days,” and I was recently honored to be his Day #80 portrait!
Here is the photo [by Chris Owens]:
Thank you for all you do to make Richmond a place to grow in art, nurture art, and promote art! PLEASE . CARRY . ON .