We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby & Erick “Spider” Paul and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby & Erick “Spider”, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance is the key ingredient in maintaining a healthy life! Running a company with your spouse can be very challenging and we’ve noticed on many occasions that we need to intentionally create space to do non-work activities to keep our relationship healthy. We’ve both learned the hard lesson that over-productivity does not equate to success. As creatives, we find that over-productivity tends to diminish the quality of our work. Saving space for play awakens the child-like imagination in all of us.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For the past 15+ years, we’ve been immersed in the world of performing arts. Our experiences have taken us around the world and we bring that world-class knowledge to every creative project we are involved in. Our goal as instructors and leaders is to encourage and motivate people into truly believing they are capable of more than they could ever dream.
The biggest challenge to date was when the world deemed our entire industry/profession unessential. We knew we were in trouble when concerts, live events, & broadway all went dark. How could we continue to help reach out to people using our gifts & talents? From this thought, we created the AE Training Center. An online platform that connects industry professionals to aspiring artists on a personal level. These are 1 on 1 live virtual sessions that connect the industry leader to anyone in the world. We offer classes in 4 genres: Dance, Music, Acting, & Health/Wellness.
Although our industry went dark in 2020, we truly believe there has been birthed a creative renaissance, a spark of hope.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
No stop to LA is complete without a good food expedition! You gotta stop by Republic of Pie in Noho for some good coffee, ambiance, and community to start the day off right. Koreatown for lunch. The only hard part is choosing which restaurant! And a sunset dinner in Santa Monica. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As a creative team, we acknowledge the ultimate creator that molded us out of love from their very breath, God. We owe our lives to the very people that raised us and help shape us into who we are today, our parents: Ron & Carmela Paul & Rich & Michele Krumrine. We’ve been extremely blessed to have had two mentors help guide us for the majority of our young adult lives, Bill & Robyn Brawley of Heart Global, they believed in us and have opened the door to a world of opportunity, quite literally. Annie McQuitty, founder of the world-renowned dance convention Dance Excellence continues to believe in us & support us in everyway possible. We truly thank them for sowing deeply into our lives. We are able to plant our feet on the solid foundation each of them has laid before us.
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