After more than 20 years, we have decided to open our own company of consultation, management, creative development, design and more, and not just limit our talents to live entertainment or special events. I’ll admit it. This was for me, more than it was for my partner in crime. I’ve spent the last 14 years learning more, playing more and working harder than at any other time in my entire life. However, it was time to for me to step away and work on projects that I truly believe in. Projects which mean something – to me and to others.
I speak and work from both my heart and my head. I pride myself in being truthful and realistic. I won’t pretend that something will work just to appease its creator. Don’t get me wrong. I want projects to succeed, whether I’m a part of them or not. But the truth is that some things simply won’t work, no matter how hard you try or how much money you put into them.
On the other hand, I also pride myself in thinking outside of the box, working on projects and subject matter that no one else knows how to manage. My adrenaline reaches a high when I see the potential in something, which others see as impossible. I enjoy taking all of the skills and resources from the variety of outlets I’ve been a part of and bringing them together to create something never before achieved.
So until then, stay tuned to see what unfolds. Because you never know, it could even be in your own backyard.
The Center at West Park, a non-profit independent organization, is dedicated to the challenging and essential work of personal and social transformation through the pathways of culture and the arts, social activism, lifelong learning, and the cultivation of wonder and the human spirit. Located in a diverse, “crossroads” neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and housed in the recently landmarked West Park Church building, it provides a space in the city of New York where encounters across differences can find a home and where ideas, endeavors, and movements can take shape. As Director of Operations for The Center at West Park, Laurie has increased the income for the building by more than 200% in less than a year, renovated and restored more than 2,000 square feet of interior and worked with NYC Landmarks commission to restore sections of the exterior. www.CenterAtWestPark.com & www.WestParkPresbyterian.org
For the past 12 years, Laurie has served as Maze Designer for The American Maze Company and The Amazing Maize Maze, a 3-time Guinness World Record Winner. She has worked side by side with farmers in upstate New York, Pennsylvania Amish Country, historic North Carolina and Jamestown VA, rural towns on the outskirt of Manchester England, the oldest working farm in New York, the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park and more! Each summer presents new themes, designs and challenges! Find the closest maze near you and get lost!