CLT Creatives


People of Charlotte: Jack Grossman Finds Bravery in the Forest


June 18, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives

Your heart will expand and be forever changed after reading Jack Grossman’s book, Child of the Forest. Based on the life story of a courageous young girl, Charlene Perlmutter Schiff, who bore witness to World War II, this story gripped my soul from the very first page. The only time I stopped reading was when my breath was taken away, thinking back to my own grandparents who lived in the Baltic forests for several months. Each time I closed the book, the main character stayed with me as if to say, “no one should ever be alone.” Charlene was alone for two years from age…


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Creative Besties – Sydney Duarte & Andrea Orr


June 12, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | Podcasts

What lights you up? Simple question. It takes a lifetime to answer. And, it’s a lot more fun if you have a creative partner to accompany you, lift you up and bring the best out of you. Two Charlotteans who exemplify that are Queen City creatives Sydney Duarte (The Traveling Gypsy) and Andrea Orr. Today. we interview them about their friendship on a “Creative Besties” edition of The Biscuit Podcast.


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HUG LIFE: Alesa Moore Sings Loud and Soft & Does What She Loves


June 11, 2019 | By Matt Olin | CLT Creatives | Music

Those around Alesa Moore have always known she’s a singer. Now, thousands and thousands of people around the world know, too. She was recently awarded a HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gift) Micro-grant to assist her in creating a music video for one of her new a cappella arrangements with local videography company, 12AM Collective. All of Alesa’s arrangements are done solely with her own voice and the end result is remarkable. Case in point, on May 3, Alesa posted her a cappella cover of Maggie Rogers’ “Overnight.” On May 21, Maggie Rogers re-posted it (SEE BELOW) – with the comment, “i have full body chills. thank you…


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The Biscuit Podcast – The Knight Foundation’s Celebrate Charlotte Arts Grant


May 16, 2019 | By Andy Goh, Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | CLT Nonprofits | Creative News | How To/Resources | Podcasts

In April, the Knight Foundation announced the creation of a new initiative, Celebrate Charlotte Arts, inspired by recent efforts like BOOM Charlotte and Goodyear Arts. A unique program designed to bolster and accelerate the growth of the arts and its impact on the community in the Queen City, Celebrate Charlotte Arts allows creatives across a wide array of disciplines to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 from an available pool of $200,000 the Knight Foundation has reserved for this effort. Applications are due on June 7 and community information sessions about the effort are scheduled May 21-23. To explore the origins of Celebrate…


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XM Divas


May 9, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Videos

Every day, we have thousands of thoughts we just can’t find the words to say. Feelings we just can’t express. Emotions we just can’t emote. But now, we don’t have to. We have the XM Divas to do it for us. And, baby, they’re belting it out.


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Played by Hausman: Vol. 2 – Boingo Graphics


May 6, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Editor's Pick | Music | Videos

Here’s the newest Played By Hausman! For this one, we had Jason head over to one of our favorite printers, Boingo Graphics! Boingo has one of the coolest print shops in the area and we knew this was going to be a great fit for this video series. Although Boingo has some the most advanced printing technology around, Cinematographer Ben Premeaux could not pull his camera away from all the vintage/historic print machines that they still maintain. The visuals, with all the older moving parts, are what make this video come alive! Composed and performed by Jason Hausman at Hot Sakē Cinematography by Ben Premeaux…


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To Be The Best, You Must Be Able To Handle The Worst


April 29, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Videos

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Who’s included in America? Who isn’t? We talk with MyLoan Dinh about it.


April 23, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts

When we talk about “the American people,” who is included? Who belongs here? That’s a pressing topic in the world today. It was also a core question when Charlotte artist MyLoan Dinh spoke on the global topic of “Inclusive” at the April meeting of CreativeMornings/Charlotte. It’s at the heart of an upcoming exhibition at the Elder Gallery May 3-June 15. MyLoan is one of the artists in We See Heaven Upside Down, migration 4, an international, multi-disciplinary arts project responding to challenges of migration, displacement, and identity in contemporary society. Gathering in the backyard of her home, Charlotte’s famed “Poet’s Cabin,” MyLoan further explored her…


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Kat Holland “The One” Music Video


March 28, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Music | Videos

Jam on into the weekend with “The One” a new single from Charlotte’s Kat Holland. This one’s the opposite of NSFW. Crank it up. The office will thank you.


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Jessica Moss – “Water”


March 26, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Podcasts

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Creative Besties with well-run media


March 26, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | Podcasts

We know what happens when two hearts fall in love. But, when two brains fall in creative love, genius shows up. That’s what we talk about on the Creative Besties podcast. This week Tim Miner talks to two of the bestest besties in the Queen City — DC and Melissa of well-run media + marketing  — about how they make it work. Over 30 minutes, you’ll be laughing. You may be crying.  But, you’ll definitely be thinking. PHOTO CREDIT:  @JuliaFayPhoto


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Stacy Cassio of Pink Mentor Network


March 12, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | CLT Nonprofits | How To/Resources | Videos

Stacy Cassio of Pink Mentor Network drops an elevator pitch like a champ with assists from Kristi Thomas and Rodrick Banks of Wells Fargo. Watch this and learn how it’s done!


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Not Just Coffee, You’ve Been Played


February 26, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Music | Videos

We challenged Emmy Award-winning composer + sound designer Jason Hausman of Hot Sakē to “play” a local business. He responded by creating this remarkable piece produced almost entirely with sounds captured at Not Just Coffee. Behold, Vol. 1 of Played By Hausman.


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Entrepreneurs in Elevators – Pitch Tips from Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter


February 24, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | CLT Nonprofits | Editor's Pick | Videos

Dr. Cooper – You watched Josh throw it down, now hear Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter break it down as she evaluates his pitch and gives us all great tips on how to share our ideas with others quickly.


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Entrepreneurs in Elevators – Neck of the Woods


February 24, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Videos

Dr. Who said it … “Bow ties are cool.” Josh Galloway improved on it … “Wooden bow ties are cooler.” He pitches his product to Dr. Cooper-Lewter of Leading on Opportunity.


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“TRUTH”- JARON STROM


February 10, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Music | Videos

He rocked out The Voice … now he’s bringing his smooth stylings to The Jam. This week, Charlotte Star Room sends us “Truth” from Charlotte sensation, Jaron Strom.


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YUNG Citizen- OutKast ft. MoonLander & Rob Flo


January 31, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Music | Videos

We’re slathering sweet & savory sounds of “OutKast” by Charlotte’s own YUNG Citizen, featuring MoonLander & Rob Flo on this week’s Biscuit. The Jam is selected by Charlotte Star Room.


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Creative Besties – Paula Bartlett & Torrie Savage


January 28, 2019 | By Andy Goh | CLT Creatives | Podcasts

How can creatives make each other better? It’s not always easy to find that person that complements you. The person that makes you say, “We’re better together.” But, if you can … BOOM! On this 20-minute edition of “The Biscuit Podcast” we talk with creative powerhouses Torrie & Paula of The Savage Way and Driveway Art Co. about being Creative Besties and business partners. This podcast was produced by Andy Goh.


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Dexter Jordan – Be Cool


January 13, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Music | Videos

This week’s installment of The Jam features “Be Cool” – a tasty track from Dexter Jordan selected by Charlotte Star Room.


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Nalee Draws


January 13, 2019 | By | CLT Creatives | Videos

It’s the story of a sketch. Thanks to the miracle of time-lapse screen caps, you can watch our amazing artist, Nalee Thao, draw this week’s Sketchy Stat in less than 30 seconds.


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