Music Is My Livelihood

Daniel Martinez in concert

Photo by Stephen McAlister

Daniel’s Story

Music has been an important part of my family’s life since I was a child. For my 14th birthday, my mother gave me an old guitar and I started playing. When I was singing, it felt like I was following someone else’s rules. But when I played the guitar, I made my own rules. Continue Reading…

Theatre is my livelihood

 

Pippa’s Story:

Theatre is my livelihood

                                                      My “Know I Should”                                                  

                                                     My “Always Would.”                                              

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Performing Is My Livelihood

Camille’s story

The stories often told to me as I was growing up always had to do with my insistence to sing…without knowing a song.  Perhaps it was from my musical mother who always hummed or sang songs as she did her household duties and certainly not from my tone-deaf father but singing was in my soul.  Since I knew no songs I would make up songs.  These were pathetic songs about sofas and bookshelves or anything else in my line of vision at the time.  However, no one discouraged me and in fact I was encouraged to keep singing my songs. Continue Reading…

Dance Is My Livelihood*

Ballet Nebraska Photo by Jim Williams

Erika’s Story

Dance is my livelihood. How lucky I am to be able to say that. It is something that I love. For me, dance is beautiful, challenging, inspiring, and fun.

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Painting Is My Livelihood

Summer Day at M’s

Katrina’s Story:

One of the first questions people ask me when they find out I’m an artist is “How long have you been painting?” It always makes me try to count backwards and figure out how long has it been, really? I usually say about 30 years but thinking back it was even earlier. Continue Reading…

Essaying Is My Livelihood

 

Lisa’s Story

I’m an essayist. I ask questions about my thoughts, beliefs, and experiences, and then go to work answering them by telling true and factual stories. For instance, I was curious about the different ways in which people experience landscape and why I’m so drawn to river landscapes. Continue Reading…

Conversation Is My Livelihood

Mike, Russell, and John – Dannebrog – 8.17.15
copyright Stuart Chittenden

Stuart’s Story

As an expat Brit new to Omaha ten years ago, I wanted to crack open the rigid carapace of “Nebraska nice” and reveal the intimacy of a people’s truer characters. In 2010 my wife and I began hosting conversation salons in our home reminiscent of those from Enlightenment France. Since then, spurred on by a spirit of curiosity, my belief in conversation’s benefits has motivated an active artistic and humanities practice centered around conversation-based interactions. I develop and deliver a variety of conversational programs and engagements for individuals and organizations. Continue Reading…

Stories Are My Livelihood

Amy’s Story

As my mother tells it, there was never a time in my life when I didn’t love stories. From the time I was born until I turned two, my parents and I lived in the apartment on the second floor of my grandfather’s house. Continue Reading…