The Well Fed Artist Workshop Series is back! Partnering with nue[BOX], the series offers networking and professional development for makers trying to make it. Feeling a little unsure? Check out Justin’s experience attending a workshop for the first time:
I came to Sogol Homayoun’s Well Fed Artist Workshop in a walking boot. Just over one week prior, I had foot surgery and was largely going stir crazy while on temporary leave from work. I am a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service and this period on pause gave me time to reflect. In light of my body’s undeniable frailty, Sogol’s wisdom intersected with my life at just the right time. Here I was at thirty-four years old, having had my first foot surgery in a career that called for next two decades on those feet to reach retirement. Far from feeling young and invincible, I was quite open to entertaining new avenues.
I had casually entertained pursuing voice acting for months, but it was just a nice dream that sounded like fun, an interest piqued by the many audiobooks and podcasts I consumed. On the night of Sogol’s workshop, she shared that creativity is essential for organizational survival in the face of global competition. For this organization -- Justin Hosten’s body -- to survive the competition of aging and the Arizona sun, it was due time to tap into my creativity. Through a series of fun activities, Sogol taught our class about creative confidence. That was the first venue where I viewed my vocal talent as an asset which could be leveraged for business solutions rather than just for entertainment. In a matter of minutes, my new friend Dani and I brainstormed and pitched “U-Here-Say,” an imagined company who provided businesses with a visual, audible, and tactile identity.
Fast forward six months and the creative energy that was cultivated in Sogol’s workshop has now taken shape for me in the form of a new voice acting business. Plenty of hours logged on YouTube consuming voiceover material, coaching calls, online courses, acting classes, and networking have me in a good position with a professional sound ready to be marketed and monetized. This month, I will be performing on stage for the first time ever and have already been commissioned to narrate my first audiobook in a series! I had no idea a few years ago that going to the Mesa Arts Center to watch plays and musicals would connect me with the Creative Catalysts and ultimately walking the path towards a new career. I am grateful for Sogol’s timely spark – she revealed the power of ideas, gave flesh and bone to them through inspiration, and demonstrated the creative confidence necessary to persevere in pursuit of a dream. With that said, the dream is alive and I’m open for business at JustinHosten.icanvoice.com!
The next WFAW is on May 16th | 6-8 pm | @ Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center - Register here!
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