It’s amazing how things work out. Many moons ago, I was in a Fraternity with a guy named Chris. As 20something frat guys do, we did a lot of 20something frat-guy stuff.
But contrary to popular thought, it wasn’t just about paying for friends or debauchery. We always prided ourselves on philanthropy, contribution, and leadership as core values of our Fraternity.
Fast forward some decades later, Chris is now a Superintendent of a school district, and me, well, I’m still playing with paint and chasing my dreams.
Anyway, long story short, Chris asked me if I’d speak to a talented and creative group of 30+ students aged 11-13 about what it’s like to be an artist full-time and I happily said yes.
I prepared my slideshow the night before, thanks to my daughter Summer who gave me a crash course on Google Slides. I made an outline of talking points but I ended up ignoring it and just winging it.
The next day, I was greeted by the art teacher and a roomful of amazing kids with thoughtful questions and enough enthusiasm to glue a smile on my face for the rest of the day.
I love speaking to people about creativity but there’s just something magical about making a difference in a young person’s life.