Kristin Read and myself, WELD:
Professionally, what is your ultimate goal?
To avoid comfort altogether.
When I’m borderline uncomfortable, that’s when my best work comes to fruition. I want to continue building things with a genesis aligning with my passions, and that others are delighted to use/engage with. I want to help others build a framework for their personal success, to develop personally (online and off), and to be able to stand on a platform that I can proudly say I created.
When people think of startups, co-working spaces, and venture funding, I suspect Dallas, Texas infrequently comes to mind. It's a city well-known for its corporate, straight-laced, deeply right wing mentality, certainly not a burgeoning disruptive spirit.
In truth, however, there is a budding community of creatives, entrepreneurs, and thoughtful people attempting to build great, new things in Dallas. Out of nowhere, the city has been greeted to renowned conferences, support networks, incubators, and government initiatives. At any given time, there seems to be something new sprouting before our eyes.
It would be easy to write this phenomenon off as a simple result of the decentralizing power of the Internet. In my eyes, however, it's a sign of a sincere desire from within the entrepreneurial community to build something fantastic and new outside of the traditional startup hubs in the U.S.
Over the past twelve months, I've witnessed a plethora of ideas and people emerge from within Dallas. At the forefront of this is WELD — a co-working space nestled into the up-and-coming Design District.
Attracting some of the most highly-decorated artists, photographers, models, illustrators, and entrepreneurs I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, WELD is the embodiment of the momentum of the Dallas startup community. And I'm genuinely honored to consider myself apart of it.
Although, as I mention in my interview, I'm unable to go into detail about my upcoming project, I will say that I'd be at a loss without the help and support of the WELD community. It's a bafflingly diverse and talented network of people, all of whom are willing to work freely and compassionately to help those around them succeed.
Compared to stories of insular startup experiences on either coast, Dallas' narrative is fresh, new, and we all have the capability to define it as we choose. So far, that definition comes in the form of positivity, familial support, and genuine passion.
So, it was an absolute honor — and pleasure — to be interviewed for WELD's 'Artist of the Week' series (or here with full photography). Whilst you check it out, be sure to have a look through the rest of WELD's site.
Moreover, if you're in Dallas, I urge you to visit all of us one day soon. You can follow @WELD on Twitter for information about upcoming events and creative labs.
It's an exciting time and an extremely promising year. I look forward to chatting a little more about Dallas, my project, and WELD over the coming months.