collective blue has been around for 11 months now, and we’ve always been clear about “why” we create: to make Austin’s creative community more diverse and inclusive. We’ve spent the last year trying to figure out “how” to go about doing that in way that aligns our social impact mission with sustainability for our company.
With more experience and small wins under our belts, our team took some time to slow down to self-reflect, get ourselves organize, and brainstorm more about the “how.” What we came up with is a new event series focused on bringing together Austin’s various creative communities to achieve more than we can on our own. Stemming from our motto of community first, ego never, we’re calling it the ego never series.
We had some ideas about potential collaborators – other organizations who valued the notion of being better together and pushing the envelope of creative experiences. Out of a serendipitous introduction a few months back, we thought of The Seer Presents. The Seer Presents is a creative events and promotions company that curates, markets, and hosts events that spotlight local artists and organization.
We met up with the Seer co-founders, Darius Thompson and Aaron Orta, at Brew & Brew to talk about what was important to the both of us and how we could potentially collaborate. In that conversation, Aaron brought up the idea of transitions and the challenges of adulthood. I (Nina) responded with, “Yeah, adulting sucks.” From there, our conversation snowballed into... how could we explore this truth that seems to resonate with all of us? How can we create an experience that would be fun, cathartic, and inspirational?
From that conversation, the idea for ego never’s debut event was born: Adulting Sucks – a party presented by collective blue x The Seer Presents.
To shine the spotlight on our collaborators and fellow peers, we sat down with The Seer Presents to learn more about their story.
A notable moment for Darius and Aaron was the first ticketed party they threw this past February called Heartbreak Hotel. Heartbreak Hotel was an Anti-Valentine’s Day party with an all-black dress code and a moody playlist full of Drake, The Weeknd, and PartyNextDoor. There were even framed photos of celebrity couples who have since parted ways. (If you missed out this year, don’t worry. They’re doing it again next year.)
Leading up to the event, Darius and Aaron were pretty nervous right up until the doors opened.
“It was such an eye opening experience,” shares Darius. “We didn't realize that so many people would be willing to pay to come hang out with us for the night.”
“We were nervous about it,” Aaron admits. “But we sold out.”
In asking about their relationship as partners and friends, Aaron reveals, “There are a few people that I truly cherish as friends. [With Darius], we're really honest with each other. We talk about real life shit. Not just ‘How are you?’ ‘Work sucks.’ We get down to the nitty gritty.”
During the interview, we asked the guys about their perspective on adulting in your twenties and what advice they’d give to others. For them, the transition of becoming an adult is "becoming someone you’re going to be happy with."
Darius advises, “Put yourself out there.”
“Invest in yourself in any way possible,” says Aaron. “If it scares you, go for it. That's how you know you're doing something right.”
The main takeaway that we all agreed upon is that, despite the challenges of adulting, surrounding yourself with people who care and “get it” can quiet those doubts.
We’ve all asked ourselves, “What am I doing? Is this what I want? What’s next for me?” It can be easy to get caught up in the questions and doubt with no concrete answers. While we may not have all the answers (just yet) and the process of growing will always be uncomfortable, with a solid support system, we can keep taking steps forward. We’re all in this together y’all.
We’re grateful and excited to get to work with Aaron and Darius of The Seer Presents. It’s been eye opening to be a part of other people’s creative processes, and we have a lot of respect for what these guys have accomplished so far.
Join collective blue and The Seer Presents for a party that celebrates all the best parts of adulting on September 9th.
We’ll have speakers talking about their entrepreneurial grind, a break room (where you break stuff with a baseball bat), adulting sucks bingo, prizes, and a bullshit jar that raises money for the Houston Food Bank in light of Hurricane Harvey.
Grab your pre-sale tickets ($6) below and invite your friends to the Facebook event!