The 8th grader who lives inside my head is very real. This kid has all of his dreams and interests wrapped into a single workspace, and it financially sustains itself. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Art studio for both client and personal work
- Practices space for drumming/music projects
- A mini halfpipe, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet tall, with maybe a painted parking block or two in a corner for mid day sessions.
In truth, I feel like I'm halfway there.
My 450 square foot design studio exists primarily as my base of operations for client work. I've had weekly rehearsals for a new music project, in the space for about a month, and my drums are scattered all over. I currently can't play during the day due to other nearby professional offices, but I do take screen breaks over my practice pad throughout the day, working on getting my chops back.
I've recently moved my painting studio out of the dark corner of my garage, into the design office, and have spent more "design hours" doing things by hand, at least in the early stages of the creative process for client work. This has been awesome. Computers are killing me softly and I need to get out of my chair more.
The 41 year old, who hangs out with the kid in my head, would only add the following requirements:
- Double the square footage, and the monthly revenue to expand into a neighboring unit. Right now I can't leave everything out all at once. Everything needs it's own corner.
- Enough white wall space to continue holding monthly pop-up shows and showcase new design artifacts I'd like to make and sell this coming year.
- A shower so I could work out and go running during the day and smell good for the wife and daughter when I get home. The sons don't care.
The building I'm currently renting space in is completely empty, except for me. Unfortunately the whole building is for sale, who knows how long it will stay on the market and/or sit empty. I have a gut feeling it will get torn down when it sells. It's the only building available on this block to demolish and rebuild in it's place, and the city is all about new development.
More dreaming later. Back to work for now.