I have a collection of my favorite entrepreneurs here in Anchorage. Those innnovative, creative, and determined types who work unceasingly in order to share something valuable with this community. I never dreamed I would be part of the “E”-club when I grew up. Actually when I think back, it’s hard for me to pin point a specific moment when I decided, “Yes. I’m going to take photos. I’m going to make films. I’m going to run a business.” Mostly, the introduction of image making came into my life in a way that was so seamless I fell for it instantly. As such, the decision to take it on as a career came with an heir of, “well, what else would I do other than this?”
Nothing else fit like image making and story telling.
And so I entered into my career with a sort of naïveté. A necessary one I suppose, because it allowed me to jump in without reservation. But as the years go on, you learn that running and maintaining a business, even when it’s rooted in the deepest sense of passion, takes much.
Now let me introduce Stephanie. She is a woman who gives much. The artistic director and choreographer of the local Pulse Dance Company and the owner and operator Studio Pulse, Stephanie Wonchala is a downright woman of business. She believes dance matters. Not only does it matter to her, but it’s presence matters in this community. Homegirl works her ass off to bring dance opportunities to youngn’s and adults alike in this city, and if it’s not something you already know about then you’re certainly behind.
Today is her birthday and we’re gonna show her some love by savoring these images and wishing her a damn happy birthday.
And you know what else we’re gonna do? We’re gonna go to her website and check out her fall schedule and see how you can get behind what she’s doing. Art is something we can all connect with, be we recipients or participants.