Tuesday, November 6, 2012

HBIC Volume 1: CommonCreativ ATL

CommonCreativ ATL Are TCB
And working overtime - work out.

To say the way Caroline Cox and Muriel Vega have developed CommonCreativ ATL as part online magazine, part blog, part cheerleading squad for the Atlanta art scene is 'awesome' would be an understatement. We're so pumped to present these Atlanta loving ladies (women after our own heart!) as our first installment of HBIC - our new blog series highlighting some seriously amazing women doing some seriously amazing things in Atlanta. Read on to learn more about CommonCreativ ATL and prepare to get inspired.

Caroline Cox & Muriel Vega, HBIC style.
How did you get started (being so awesome) with CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: Thanks! Well, we did not start CommonCreativ. We took it over earlier this year from two awesome ladies who did a great job putting together this publication about 2 years ago now. We really just wanted to highlight the creativity that's happening in Atlanta right now. 
Caroline: It started as a website and print magazine, then evolved into just a website, then it went dormant for a while. We took the reins and revived it! It’s been almost a year since we took over the site and it’s been a blast.

Why CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: This city has so much potential and these artists, writers and organizations are rising to the occasion. But we all lead busy lives, and it's hard to find the time to keep up with the current art scene. We wanted a publication that can tell you what's happening, where you should be this weekend and let you know about artists that are on the rise right now. 
Caroline: It’s not easy running the site by ourselves, especially since we both also have full-time jobs. But we love the local art scene—it’s so inclusive and welcoming. There are so many talented artists and creative professionals here that deserve recognition. They make our city beautiful and keep it thriving, so CCATL is how we give back to them, by exposing them to our readers.

How do you stay inspired?

Muriel: Talking to creatives around Atlanta, walking around the city and seeing art installations in a park or a mural in an otherwise ugly tunnel, attending events and just overall, trying to help this city love itself. It's our home.
Caroline: I love talking to artists about what inspires them and what they love about Atlanta. Going to openings and events and immersing myself in the local arts culture is continuously inspiring.

What advice do you have for folks who want to get into blogging?

Muriel: Well, I'm by no means a blogger, but I do read a lot of blogs and the main thing I see is passion. Passion for what you do is important and it will yield just best work. If you have something say and you need a creative outlet, whether it is a fashion blog, a portfolio of your work or maybe just a collection of photos, get it out there. Not for the audience, but for you. 
Caroline: There are a million and one blogs out there, so find a niche. Write often. Promote yourself as well as others, if you care about clicks and all that good stuff. Interact with other bloggers who write about similar subjects. Be thorough and honest and candid. 

You're on a desert island - what 3 things are you bringing?

Muriel: LCD Soundsystem's This is Happening CD, my dog Jack and a Kindle full of books.
Caroline: My cat Sid, my computer and plenty of sunscreen.

What are your top Atlanta finds/favorite places?

Sid: Yogi Style.
Muriel:  The Atlanta Beltline, definitely. I'm a huge fan of the Atlanta Food Truck Park and of Tough Love Yoga (Hi Neda!). Her Metal Yoga class made me appreciate yoga in a different way, plus she's awesome and definitely one of those people who's making Atlanta a better place.
Caroline: I feel like I am forever talking about Metal Yoga (that’s how I got Muriel to start going with me!), but it’s seriously one of the best parts of my week. I love exploring Highland Row Antiques, getting coffee at Joe’s in East Atlanta, sitting on the patio at The Midway… the list goes on!

What’s next for CommonCreativ ATL

Muriel: We are pretty excited about the New Year and bringing new features and giveaways to the site! 
Caroline: We’re also talking about throwing a party early next year, so stay tuned!

What’s the craziest thing that happened to you since you started 
CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: Craziest thing? I don't know. I think that most exciting thing is seeing people share our stories and reading how excited they are about it. We have this little project and we do it by ourselves, but then people like it and they share it—it's a huge deal. We really celebrate the little things.
Caroline: Yeah, I mean, having people like you ladies at BOFC and Scoutmob recognizing what we do is pretty amazing to us. We don’t take any of it for granted.

Any words of wisdom?

Muriel: I think the best advice anyone has ever given me is to always have something in your life that you love doing. Whether it's your job, a side project, a hobby... something that makes you fulfilled and happy and keeps you going. And of course, follow your gut no matter what.
Caroline: I strongly believe in working really hard for what you want, no matter what it is. Don’t wait around for opportunities—be proactive and create them for yourself. 
We do!

We love you, do you love us?

Muriel: DUH. Will you marry us? Also, here's a cat gif because I love you guys. 
Caroline: What Muriel said. Us go-getting girls gotta stick together!

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