American fashion consultant and television personality Timothy M. “Tim” Gunn once stated, “Life is not a solo act. It’s a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife.” This quote resonates with our group mentality, as well as the foundation of our project Creative Karma. When crafting the idea behind Creative Karma, we collectively asked ourselves what we struggle with on a day-to-day basis. The exploration of our own overlapping and intersecting struggles, unmet needs, and long-term goals, and those of our colleagues and classmates, we created a pay-it-forward system that allows individuals to collaborate with each other and share their artistic talents.
Creative Karma is focused on connecting Los Angeles based artists and aspiring entertainment professionals to each other, fostering a collaborative community that works to help its members succeed in their respective fields. Our community cultivates an environment in which actors, models, musicians, filmmakers, writers and visual artists can essentially “barter” their talents– trading their skills for services needed, and working to build their portfolios, reels and reputations. Community members are also invited to tap into our educational tools and resources, interviews with industry experts, networking and social events, and opportunities to showcase their work, both on and offline.
We understand that “making it big” in the entertainment industry is challenging, and we may not have the funds or networks to acquire the resources we need. This is where Creative Karma steps in, allowing individuals to trade their talents, build up their portfolios, gain valuable experience and connections. Life should not be a solo act; it should be a collaboration of talented individuals who are all passionate about the same thing. Here is a brief video showcasing different artists’ stories woven together to effectively stage what Creative Karma can do for the community.