Tennessee Beats

This past weekend I spent some time with friends in Nashville, TN. I'm always up for any excuse to get out of town with friends and go exploring. If you follow my instagram you might have seen a recent post about creativity. Personally, I've been struggling the past few months with this idea of creativity and what exactly that means. I decided this next year I would relentlessly pursue this idea and make it personal to me. In this post I want you to meet some of my friends. Yes, I'm going to unashamedly brag on them because they are incredible. These guys help me push my own creative limits, and I hope their stories inspire you as well.

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Harrison Kindy is not only a close friend, but probably one of the most creative people I know. He's a music producer from Arkansas, but now lives in Nashville. This dude is working with some of the top names in the game while he consistently pushes boundaries of music. He moved to Nashville a few months ago and invited me and some friends to join him for a weekend.

On the heels of my thirst for creativity I invited Zak Heald, Michael Kelley, and Douglas Spicer to join me.

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Zak is the owner of Intercut Productions. Let me just start by saying he's 20. His company has worked with some of the biggest names in Arkansas and throughout the country. I'm inspired every time I get around him because he's constantly reminding me of why I love what I do. Creating things, and telling stories.

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Michael is the better half of Zak, at least in the business sense. Michael is an incredibly talented editor and creative. He makes something out of nothing and I deeply admire that. Not everyone can take someone's vision and turn it into a thing of substance, but Michael can.

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Douglas has been a friend of mine for a while, in fact, my best friend. He won't ever let you hear it, at least not yet, but he can sing. Keep an eye on this one, big things to come from him.

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Lastly I got to meet Dustin this week. He's a friend of Harrison's and this dude can kill on some drums. I'm looking forward to the next time I can hang with him.


Now on to the good stuff! Seeing how everything right now is centering around creativity, I've come up with a few points that might give you something to think about.

1. Creativity doesn't need to make sense

Just like in music, sometimes in the very beginning you start with a few chords, a beat, or some verbiage. You might not have any idea what to make of it. As time passes and you add more pieces, it begins to make sense. That is all part of the creative process. Sometimes I'll sit down and begin to work on a project and what I'm doing makes no sense to anyone around me. I think we all face this. Keep pushing and pursuing that idea until it begins to make sense. Your creative vision was given to you, not someone else to execute.

2. Creativity isn't a respecter of demographic

You've seen the conflict of nature vs. nurture and read statements like you are a product of your environment but the encouraging thing is that creativity isn't a respecter of where you come from. If anything, your background feeds into the type of creative you become. For me, I was fortunate enough as a kid to travel and experience the world through a unique light. To this day those experiences play into how I create.

3. Creativity thrives on inspiration

This is probably my favorite observation I've made recently. Have you ever felt so dumb for not knowing something? This is how I feel about point #3. Sometimes I get stuck – I mean, really stuck. Maybe it's on a project, writing, or something personal. Often times I look up and realize I'm sitting in a room with no windows and fluorescent lighting. This isn't the most inspiring of places. When I decide to get up, go outside, flip through a magazine, or just get some vitamin D, inspiration suddenly hits. It's different for everyone and not every creative process is the same. Analyze what inspires you and try to participate in that daily.


Here's our weekend in images through the eyes of Michael and Zak. They documented the weekend and all images you've seen in this post have been shot by them.

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BONUS PHOTOS

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So in case you didn't know - I joined a boy band. I think we named ourselves Slightly innocent, or something like that. And if you're wondering, we're a Christian rock band... 😜

I'M GOING TO GET KILLED FOR THIS ONE!

Morning Us...

Morning

Thanks for reading, more to come...

M


Intercut Productions

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Michael - InstagramTwitter
Douglas - InstagramTwitter
Dustin - Instagram

 


WAKA2015

The Blog team and I are going to WAKARUSA 2015! We want to take YOU with us! Thanks to Planet Sun Tanning Salon we've got TWO Tickets to give away! Wakarusa is a premier music festival that was ranked among the top 5 festivals better than Coachella, according to the Huffington Post. This years lineup is incredible and we will be covering every bit of it! The Music, Food, and of course Fashion, are all going to be the topics as we make our way up the Mulberry Mountain.

Below are the details on how to enter. We will draw the winner on May 14th, and announce it on May 15th via email and Social Media!

We can't wait! Over the next month you'll meet the team that will be going, get info on the best way to plan for your festival weekend, and of course, what to wear! We want to know what you think! Send us your best WAKA advice and we'll share in on the site!

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Use the signup form below to enter so we have your contact information.
  2. Share the image below with #MKWAKA15
  3. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND DISCLAIMERS

  • No Purchase Necessary.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Starts May 5 and ends May 14.
  • Official Prize is 2 Tickets to Wakarusa, we are not responsible for transportation or any other expenses related to the event.
  • The Winner will be announced via email and social media on May 15.
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. We are not liable for product after delivery.
  • Mason Kesner Projects, LLC has the right to obtain and publicize the winners name and likeness.
  • If prize is not claimed within 48 hours we reserve the right to cancel or proceed with another winner.

Who Has Time To Sleep?

What an incredible two weeks I just had. Two MAJOR events back-to-back that I was honored to play a major role in. In my snapchat stories or other socials, you might have seen that the past few weeks my "job" has been nothing fashion related. Upon request from several different companies I've worked for, I'm able to play a role in producing some incredible events. These events serve all different purposes. Some are fundraisers, some are just for fun; and others are conferences of all types. 

Genesis Conference was March 6-8th at my home church, Harvest Time. I coordinated and helped produce visuals for the conference. This was a 1500+ national student conference that hosted many international speakers such as Rich Wilkerson Jr. and Robert Madu. The caliber of this conference was huge and the fact it happened in my hometown of Fort Smith, AR is even bigger! 

This past weekend, March 14, the U.S. Marshals Museum had one of the coolest events our community has ever seen. The Kickin' Up The Dust Gala was a fundraiser put on by the U.S. Marshals Museum. I'm so privileged to be the Media Developer for the Museum, and being apart of this historic event was absolutely phenomenal. With 750 attendee's and a $200 ticket price, this event was a huge success for the museum. 

Myself, Alice (Development Director), and Megan (Marketing Intern).
Myself, Alice (Development Director), and Megan (Marketing Intern).

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Asleep at The Wheel

Needless to say the past two weeks have been crazy and this week is nothing short of fast pace as well. I'm heading to Hot Springs, Arkansas for EAST Conference. I'll have more to come on that Wednesday.


Photo Recommendations 2014

I'm starting off 2014 with a new and refreshed blog. For those of you that would like to view my archives, those will be available shortly.
I want to start off by recommending some of my favorite photographers. Since I have been in the photography industry for many years, and I'm no longer shooting portrait work, I get the question a lot. "Who do you recommend?"

Below are by far my favorites for their industry, keep in mind, I've got a lot of friends in the industry, but these I have a special favoritism towards.

Portrait Photography (Arkansas)

Miles Witt Boyer - Website
When it comes to wedding and portrait work Miles is one of my favorites, any senior or bride is sure to love his Vintage Inspired images.

Wendy White - Website
If you're in the market for newborn or young child photographers, Wendy is my absolute #1 choice to work with. Her images are stunning.

Portrait Photography (Out-Of-State)

Meshali Mitchell - Website
I've been following Meshali for awhile now, and everything she puts out is breathtaking. Whether it's wedding or portrait, it's beautiful.

Commercial Photography

Dustin Kessler - Website
Dustin has been a great friend for a long time, when it comes to car or other commercial work, he'll impress you.