Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay White.
Lindsay, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always been active in the San Diego music scene, but after experiencing a few significant losses over the last several years, I was feeling disconnected. Last December, I decided to invite a few of my womxn-identifying creative friends over to my house just so we could be in a room together and share our experiences. That was our first unofficial Lady Brain Collective meeting. We decided it would be beneficial to continue meeting regularly and to collaborate by sharing resources and creating opportunities for each other. In less than a year, our membership has grown immensely, and we have produced many awesome workshops and showcases throughout the community. You can find out more here: https://www.ladybrainpresents.com/faq.html
Has it been a smooth road?
I’ll never forget a quote from my activist friend and mentor named Poppy Fitch. At a recent fundraiser for Women’s March San Diego, Poppy was up on stage drawing winning numbers out of a bowl for a raffle. While at the mic, she implored attendees to get involved with the march and activism in general. She was listing all the reasons why it was important, and when someone in the audience shouted, “it’s fun and energizing,” she said: “It’s not fun and energizing, it’s hard and depleting. But you get to stand up here and hold a bowl.”
It was a funny joke, but it is also a true statement. The rewarding part is there, no doubt. Helping people is immensely gratifying. But those warm and fuzzy feelings can get drowned out by a daily sense of overwhelm (too many tasks) and lack (not enough money or time).
With Lady Brain, it is a lot of plate-spinning: accommodating a growing membership, promoting current workshops and community events, programming future workshops and events, and maintaining our website and blog all while trying to keep my music career alive, bills paid, and sanity intact. Funding and sponsorships would alleviate much this plate-spinning, so I’m also always applying for grants and on the hunt for people or companies who believe in our vision of helping womxn creatives and want to help keep this organization (and me) alive. If that’s you, please come find me and my bowl.
Tell us about your organization.
Our goal is to support local womxn-identifying creatives and showcase these artists to their community. We utilize educational workshops, artist showcases, community outreach, digital resources, and more to achieve our vision. Our biggest accomplishment to date is Lady Brain Fest, our inaugural summer art and music festival, produced in partnership with Cathryn Beeks of Listen Local Radio. We featured 20 womxn-fronted acts on two stages to a crowd of 500+ attendees, which is a huge feat considering the male-dominated tendencies of festivals throughout the world.
I like that we are known for action-oriented activism. We are all about creating opportunities for local womxn-identifying artists where they don’t otherwise exist. The Lady Brain Collective is an inclusive community that facilitates education, artist development, collaboration, community service, and more. My biggest goal is for members to feel safe, supported, and seen.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
San Diego is a beautiful place teeming with creative people. There is so much music and art to enjoy, not to mention near-perfect weather. Personally, the battle I’ve always faced in San Diego is finding listening-room audiences for original music. You can pretty easily get a background or cover gig in any bar or restaurant in town (whether or not you get compensated appropriately varies from venue to venue), but songwriter showcases are a bit harder to come by. I do wish we could achieve a West Coast Nashville vibe here with a little bit more value of demand for original music, but I can’t complain because it motivates me to travel and tour the folk music and house concert circuit throughout the country.
No matter what city you live in, technology makes it both easy and hard to be an artist. You can potentially reach millions of people across the world, which was unheard of even like 15-20 years ago. But now, folks exist and socialize in two realities. So when it comes time to ask people to experience art in physical spaces, it’s harder than ever to peel them away from their virtual lives. I hope Lady Brain Collective will help change that. Life is too short and too precious to be scrolled and tapped away! Real music, real art, real connections, real vulnerability – those are the things that a human spirit craves. Artists are making a big effort to provide that here in San Diego.
- If you support our mission, become a Lady Brain Lover for just $10/month
- Website: www.ladybrainpresents.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ladybrainpresents
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ladybrainpresents
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi_VzgwoqG02xg15aTIXyaw