We asked experts from a broad range of industries to open up to us about things they know about their industry but that we probably don’t and we’ve shared some of those responses below.

Robyn Sapico | Visual Artist & VJ

I think recently, more light has come to what goes on behind the scenes thanks to social media. The abundance of tagging photographers, visual artists, VJ’s, etc has helped the public see the bigger picture. I have made art, social media assets, visuals, and run visuals as well, but all of that takes a lot more time than people realize. It’s been wonderful seeing who the team is behind the act and in turn, seeing even more work to influence my own art. Read more>>

Elise Boivin | Founder & CEO

My company, ArtlyOwl, is an online art marketplace and advisory business that connects local artists and collectors. We feature a curated collection of original artwork and limited edition art prints from independent artists in LA, San Francisco, New York and Chicago. One thing art industry “outsiders” are often unaware of is that you don’t have to be an art aficionado to bring art into your space. Many of us appreciate art but believe that owning art is out of reach. I felt the same before my first art purchase (a piece by Salvadoran artist Frida Larios). I was hooked from the moment I saw it, though, and, to this day, it reminds me of the evening I found it. Read more>>

Geoff Countryman | Recording Engineer & Performer

Running your own event band or mobile recording company can seem like a simple endeavor to the outsider. On the surface, it seems like a band would go from gig to gig and there wouldn’t be much to it other than knowing where the next gig is. The truth is that there is a MOUNTAIN of backend that goes into the work. A single event can be as many as 30 emails between a client while larger corporate clients will sometimes ask for conference calls and start paperwork etc. Add in overseas travel, and you are dealing with new logistical headaches that can take months to work through. As a band or engineer, we are all about putting on a great show or capturing those great shows on tape. As a business, we are in support of making those great shows happen. Successfully blending the two has been key to making our endeavors succeed. – Geoff Countryman
Owner, The Polka Brothers LLC Owner, G&T Recording Read more>>

Brandie Speed | Spiritual Advisor | Meditation Guide

In my business industry most people are unaware of how The main objective is to heal. Often people like to bring religion into what I do Failing to realize religion has nothing to do with healing trauma. Through spiritual Practices Such as meditation and yoga Helps to bring one’s power back to self And make them whole. Read more>>