Last month, Tristen and I hosted a workshop and it was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. I'm writing this post from a villa in Bali called "Villa Chicken Nugget" (truly living my best life) and realized I forgot my card with the rest of my workshop pictures on them, so I'll have to make this a two part post! But I wanted to tell you all about it before time slips away from me, and because it's 4 am and I have jet lag. You get me.
The idea for the workshop stemmed long ago, in a sense. I've explained it on the original "workshop" tab, but I'll talk about it again for those who didn't read it.
I had people asking me to do workshops all the time. Considering I'm no expert on anything besides Mario Kart, I'm always very flattered with these comments. However, it seems like I would need years of experience, and success to be qualified enough to stand in front of a room full of people who want to learn about what I do, and how to do it. So I would push these comments to the side, replying "yes, maybe someday!"
But then I realized something! When became interested in videography, I was probably 15. Do you know how bad I wished there was a workshop for something like this when I was young? I emailed all of my "idols" asking if they would ever consider hosting one. And they all replied, "maybe someday!"
Can you believe it? In four short years the roles had reversed! I was now the one, replying "maybe someday" to people who look up to me, and thats when I realized, someday had to be NOW.
SO WE DID IT!
and we went big.
And let me tell youuuuuuu, the workshop went better than I ever could have imagined!
But lets go back to the beginning.
When I hit "publish" on the initial workshop post, I was truly sick to my stomach.
Have we talked about the fact that I never throw parties because on my semi-rational fear that no one will show up?? It was like that.
"No one is going to come" "It's too expensive" "How are we going to pull this off?"
Tristen and I were sitting on my bed, laptops in hand, probably researching a remote island in Fiji to get our minds off of our anxieties, when I got a notification.
Up in the top righthand corner of my screen I see,
"You have a new order!"
And I gasped. "WE GOT ONE!
we danced around, HOI YA'D and high fived, and told each other that even if only one person showed up, we would be fine.
A week later and we had already filled up our original capacity. And the response was incredible. We ended up opening a couple more spots, because of the interest. It was so cool, you guys! SO COOL. People from around the country (actually around the country!) were flying in to hear from us. Intense amounts of pressure, but overall just humble and thankful for such a good opportunity. We truly believe that our generation is so impactful and we have so much more control of our own lives than we think we do. We wanted to help other people see that, by learning from us.
The night before the workshop was more exciting than anxious, but I still stayed up all night making final touches. Getting all the gift bags together was seriously my favorite part haha I felt like a Santa. Or a fairy godmother. Thats probably more politically correct.
Speaking of the swaaaag bags!!!
We collaborated with some super dope people and I really have to thank them for helping me pull this all together. I love living in Utah, because there are so many local companies who are so willing and excited to help each other. It's such a supportive community, and I'm so so thankful to be apart of it.
One of my really good friends Austin, hooked us up with good life hoodies for everyone. Tristen and I were so mad we didn't order extras haha!
Bear Butt gave everyone Hammocks. HAMMOCKS! (I did in fact steal one of these for myself and use it every single day.) if you're an adventure junkie, or just lazy like me, check them out for sure.
Some other good friends of ours at Thread Wallets created CUSTOM wallets for everyone. ( I DON'T HAVE A PICTURE BUT THE NEXT BLOG POST I'LL POST A MILLION!) I still use mine to this day, they're so cool.
and then... it was time.
PART 2 COMING NEXT WEEK