San Antonio, TX - The Creative Interns at The Down Market are thrilled to announce the relaunch of their popular vlog series, "The Down: It's A City Guide." Originally initiated in 2017 by the original crew creative team, this captivating series showcases the vibrant culture, hidden gems, and creative community of the city. The project aims to engage viewers with creative backgrounds by providing valuable insights and recommendations for both locals and visitors.
Dubbed "Project: The Down: It's A City Guide," the vlog series embraces a unique film-style approach, featuring a run-and-shoot format encompassing news, op-eds, and reviews. The series takes audiences on an immersive journey through San Antonio's cultural locales, offering a fusion of creative intelligence and fascinating facts.
In its relaunch, "The Down: It's A City Guide" kicks off with an exciting episode highlighting the highly anticipated Creative Futures Brunch at Geekdom. Viewers will have the opportunity to follow Ai-Ling, Jayden, and the rest of the interns as they navigate through the collaborative workspace and startup community of Geekdom. Additionally, the series will provide an exclusive look into The Down Market's podcast lab, which focuses on amplifying the business of creativity.
Creative Producer Commentary:
As a creative producer, my journey led me to the heart of San Antonio's vibrant artistic community, where the magic of the Creative Futures Brunch unfolded. Hosted by The Down Market Digital Magazine, this event celebrated local talent, explored the cultural value of fashion and beauty, and provided a space for empowerment through collective action.
The ambiance was set by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee from Pulp Coffee Roasters and the delectable brunch offerings by Cafecito, both cherished San Antonio establishments. These local businesses added an authentic and warm touch to the event, fostering an environment that nurtured creativity and camaraderie.
The centerpiece of the Creative Futures Brunch was the live podcast, "The Down Market Podcast Lab Live," where insightful discussions revolved around the theme of "Recognizing the Cultural Value of Fashion and Beauty: Empowering Collective Action." As the event unfolded, I had the privilege of witnessing three influential speakers who left an indelible mark on the audience.
First, the renowned shoe designer Jake Danklefs graced the stage. His creations had adorned the feet of icons like LeBron James, Manu Ginobili, and Rosario Dawson. His journey into the world of footwear design was a testament to the power of passion and creativity. Listening to him speak, I learned that success in the creative realm requires not only skill and talent but also an unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries and staying true to one's vision.
Next, the accomplished beauty, fashion, and production industry leader, Alix Mane, took the stage. With an impressive clientele that included Danny Trejo, Sophia Vergara, Tim Duncan, and George Strait, her insight into the cultural value of fashion and beauty was truly enlightening. She emphasized the importance of collective action and collaboration in empowering artists to break barriers and redefine standards in the industry.
Lastly, Tommie Gonzalez, the founder of Puro Handsome Barbershop, touched on the importance of the human touch and feeling good about oneself.
The event's interactive workshops further enriched the experience for attendees. SA Creatives hosted a fashion workshop, teaching about modeling, design, and the nuances of intellectual property rights in the fashion industry. Led by experts, these workshops served as platforms for aspiring designers to hone their craft and understand their rights as creative professionals.
Another captivating session featured DJ Law, where Business Attorney David Jones and his team, Thalia Pimenta and Yairy Mendez, delved into the legal aspects of the fashion industry. The importance of protecting creative work and understanding intellectual property rights emerged as vital lessons for every artist navigating the intricate world of fashion.
Throughout the series of events, I witnessed the birth of new ideas, the forging of connections, and the awakening of passions within the creative community. The Creative Futures Brunch epitomized the essence of collaboration and empowerment, reflecting the spirit of San Antonio's artistic landscape.
As the creative producer documenting this event, I was profoundly inspired by the collective energy and determination of the attendees and speakers alike. The Creative Futures Brunch left an indelible impression on me, igniting a desire to continue nurturing artistic talent and fostering spaces where creatives can thrive and push the boundaries of their craft. It served as a powerful reminder that when the artistic community unites, the possibilities are boundless, and collective action has the potential to shape a brighter future for all.