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This Partnership of Mine

Posted in Your Othe Half: Biz Paternships with tags , , , , on August 18, 2008 by zoepawlak

This Partnership of Mine 

Last night Seamus hosted a funeral party for a 48 year old father of two at his restaurant.  When he got home at about 1 am, he squeezed my hand so hard and would not let go.  I said, “You really don’t need to hold onto me that hard.  I’m not going anywhere.”  He said, “I just never want to loose you.”

Having fun helps!

No other partnership compares to that of a marriage.  A bad marriage can be the worst thing and a good one, conversely, can transform your days for the better, bringing out the best in yourself and your business.  If someone were to tell me that there were one person for you in this world, a true love, so to speak, I would have (even on the day of my wedding) laughed and said, “Yes, you find one, that much is true, but there is no ONE for you; Perfectly designed and destined to be yours alone.  I don’t know all the people of the world and so therefore how can I know that no other one is for me?  Of all the ones I have met, you, so far, seem to be the best.”  That now seems crude and not very romantic.  Let’s just say I did not include those exact words in my vows.  I avoided all confrontations with questions related to ‘the one’ with my husband since he has been adamantly convinced of my ‘ONE-ness’ for him since the day we first met!

It is this conviction I see most common in men.  When it comes to many matters of business or relationships or the kind of food they want or their preference in clothes or beer, their conviction is evident.  To say that women change our minds or consider all sides of multiple options may be painting women with a broad brush, but of the partnerships I know, there seems to be a trend in men to know when they know and a convicted trust in that which is right for the partnership or otherwise. 

Partnership meeting time

Seamus’ trust and conviction help me immensely in my business.  He is literally my no. 1 fan.  His conviction in my work and it’s inevitable success pick me up on the dullest of days and his belief in my abilities are so heartfelt that I see no other alternative than to rise to his praise.  He has an undeniably more traditional taste than I which really helps in making paintings that appeal to a larger, more mainstream audience.  There’s only so much ‘eccentric’ on client can take, and for the balance, there’s Seamus’ sound opinion always within my reach.  Seamus reminds me that there are markets that can afford well beyond what I charge and he is so excited to see me sell my paintings for more money.  The Leo in him tells me to go bigger.  I see an increase in profitability and a sincere response from my galleries and clients when I put in place his suggestions.  He is always networking for me and is so proud of how I work, trusting when I take breaks and pushing me to get out to the studio when he sees me avoiding a particular project.  His willingness to help in our home, take Cienna whenever my schedule demands and give up recreational time to be where I need him during busy times are a true show of his commitment to our business. 

His conviction in my ONE-ness and adoration of our lives together are the outcomes of a Great plan that has shown me again and again that he is the partner for me.  I don’t need to meet everyone in the world to know that my world is daily founded upon the Truth of his perfect partnering with me and with our children.  As for business, I wouldn’t be where I am without his ongoing support which manifests itself in so many ways. 

Two things are certain.  1)  It would take a long time to get to know everyone in the world and even then, I’m not guaranteed that any of them would like me, let alone put up with me for a long period of time and 2) there’s really no one like ‘the ONE’!

Conclusion for Partnership month:

Partnerships are difficult and demand sacrifice (see Tranquillo Bay post).  They seem to be the most rewarding businesses in many aspects since there is always someone there to bounce ideas off of and enjoy the fun with (See Rad post about Ral and Danelle).

Partnership month has come to an end and though we are sad to see it go, we are really, really excited about this upcoming month of looking at the Workspace.  This month Gen and I have lined up some great interviews about people who work in unconventional environments and women whose workspace often takes them out of the office setting.  We will look at how workspaces have changed over the years and what this generation expects in a work environment!  We always look forward to hearing from you, so if you work in an interesting space or know anyone who you’d like to see featured, your comments are always warmly welcomed.




An Unlikely but Remarkable Partnership: Israelis, Palestinians and Canadians Peace it Together

Posted in Your Othe Half: Biz Paternships with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2008 by genennis
Peace it Together

I still have goose bumps.

I just arrived home from the Peace it Together 2008 World Premiere Film Screening.  In the month leading up to this event 30 Israeli, Palestinian and Canadian youth were brought together on Bowen Island to collaborate on a series of short films in the hope of building a culture of creative leaders.  The results are nothing short of amazing.  You can check out the 2006 films here.

Peace it Together

Partnerships are often rift with challenges but few come with the baggage that these kids brought to their teams.  The roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict run so deep it can be difficult to imagine an end in sight.  Many of the students came to Canada preparing to have to work with – in their own words – their enemy.  It was often their first time meeting someone from the other side of the conflict, and they had to face their preconceptions and their fears.  Intense dialogue and discussion was facilitated between the three groups, with emphasis placed on listening.  The status quo was challenged as powerful friendships developed during the course of this program.

Peace it Together

Through documentaries, dramas and animations, these films explore fear, security, freedom, reconciliation, and peace.  In one film, two young men painfully describe how they lost a loved one at the hands of the other’s country.  Their stories are personal and emotional.  It is easy to empathize with them both and you begin to feel the tug-of-war that exists between these two groups of people.  They then talk about the friendship that they have developed, and the understanding that they have reached between them.  At one point, after the Palestinian has recounted what it is like not to be able to travel within his own country, the Israeli remarks, “I would rather live in fear, than have you live without freedom”.  After the film, the guys came on stage to briefly speak to their experience.  About his Israeli friend, the Palestinian declared, “I love him”.

Powerful stuff.

Peace it Together

The film will be shown to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.  I was happy to open up my wallet to support this project, and I encourage others to do the same (they even accept air miles!).

Major, major kudos to Reena Lazar and Adri Hamael for founding Peace it Together and for pouring their hearts into this amazing program.  They can expect to be hearing from me soon!


The Cheaper Show’s Partnership of 200+

Posted in Your Othe Half: Biz Paternships with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by zoepawlak

The Cheaper Show

I recently interviewed Zoe Peled and Heidi Iro, major players in this year’s CHEAPER SHOW no. 8. Myself and these (now famous) Vancouver art enthusiats met at Gene to chat about the local art scene, artist collaboration, the success of the CHEAPER SHOW, and their roles in seeing this city’s artists truly flourish. Not only are they involved in many driving forces that make up the Vancouver art scene, but they also have their own practices that are in full swing…oh, yeah, and, they are AMAZINGLY KIND AND SWEET!

Zoe Peled

Zoe is fabulous

About Zoe Peled: Zoe so too many things and all at once. But since she does them so damned well, she gets away with excellence! Zoe is a Vancouver-born artist and a recent graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design’s Photography program. Zoe writes for the Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, in addition to several local arts publications. For over a year, she has sat on the board for CARFAC BC, a national organization that defends the legal and economic rights of artists. Headed towards a curatorial career, Zoe has worked with the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Jeffrey Boone Gallery. In May, she was one of several ECIAD students to open Plank Gallery. Situated in Vancouver’s Down Town East Side, Plank aims to contribute towards the revitalization of the community through the arts. The folks at Plank are in the DTES and are taking up some of the Lighthouse building. The bottom floor is dedicated to the gallery and the rest is shared studios.

Heidi Iro

Heidi is fabulous

About Heidi Iro: Producer Heidi Iro hails to from Vienna, Austria. After 6 years in the film industry, she spent 4 years working as part of the Red Bull Canada marketing team, coordinating their promotional teams and being part of the production team organizing large-scale events. In 2007 Heidi launched Trick17 Productions and her first brand event, The Trick17 Stop Motion Film Competition. Heidi and Trick17 Productions are currently developing a number or projects involving the Vancouver artist community. She is also a member of The Cartelera Talent House. This Cheaper Show was her first solo event of this scale and she feels like she was able to pull off the vision.

The Cheaper Show

Much of our conversation was focused on their goals of ‘creating more artist realizations’. Heidi believes that all artists have a vision, not just of what they will create but how they want their creations to function in a public space and she wants to be the one to ‘provide the perfect platform for these realizations.’ Both ladies strongly believe in helping artists realize their dreams and want to give each artist access to more mainstream audiences. They really want to see are more artists living off their work. For this creative economy to thrive, there must be more coverage and all events and shows must be more open and less isolated. Essentially, all art is under-promoted in this city and the Cheaper Show is a true way to tackle some of these obstacles that have held back this Vancouver scene.

Loaded Bow: How does the Cartelera House function as a collective space?

Heidi Iro: We are 14 people ranging in mediums from photo to producers to writers to painters. I share a space with Jules, who is a writer. The collective space makes us do constant work and there is always work being done around you. We offer work in collaboration and we drive each other. The space offers a chance for a little mentoring, which is a good thing and there is so much inspiration. It is really great!

LB: How was the CS team compiled?

HI: Graeme Burglund asked me to produce it. I asked Zoe and from there she took on so much initiative of her own. Zoe is just one of those people who can work well with her own initiative. She organized all the applications, took over volunteer coordination, got “in kind” donations. She is really just amazing! It was really natural that Megan would help curate since she has been a part of it for so many years. Jesse helped so much. Adam’s passion is architecture so he helped build the bar. Everyone just really found their strengths and made it happen. It was a lot of work from a lot of people. It shows you that a handful of people, efforts and energy, interest and commitment can make something happen.

Zoe Peled: There were 6 of us that worked really well together and were never not positive. Graeme is such a force, such a team player. You really pass the point of sanity.

HI: I had a few low points and people really brought me back up!

LB: Heidi, you worked to secure the location, how was that process of getting the infamous Storyeum?

HI: The space we were looking for needed to be really ‘core’. It had to have great lighting, clean walls, washrooms and a bar/sales desk and so on for it to really work. The city owns it, so we had to go through them. I found “city guy” who runs it and he showed us around. We loved it, so we brought the whole team of us and “city guy” was really helpful and supportive of the arts. It needed construction and some lighting stuff done. It was a lot to get done in two weeks!

LB: What are the best parts/hard parts about working in a partnership?

HI: There are no bad parts. It takes a lot of organization, but really our group was just doing it because we all love it.

LB: You work not only together as a samll group of people determined to put this show on, but work in temporary partnership with 150+ artists and 40+ volunteers. What are the difficult parts about this?

HI: Until about a week before the show, we don’t really know if we have a show. Or how the show we have will look. All artist apply though there are some we approach to ask them to be in it. It is based on TRUST: What kind of show do we have? How is it going to look? Part of it is that the responsibility is really split. We have to make sure that everyone has done their part so that we split up all the work.

LB: What is still missing the Vancouver Art Scene?

ZP: People in Vancouver have really stopped complaining and are realizing they can create something themselves.

Still missing: Locations. Though we are seeing some great new ones like the Post. Publications. We have some but not enough. Characters. Critics, writers, publicists.

HI: Artists really need to start making it here. Why does everyone want to leave? People want to go to NY or San Francisco to make it, but first you should be supported by your own city. You want to be building a base and be a part of the revolution in your hometown. If artists want to be a part of the revolution that is happening here, it only comes from the hard work and initiatives of people.

LB: Will you make it bigger? What does it lose/gain in the growth you have already seen?

HI + ZP: It’s not about making it bigger, it’s about keeping it strong. If you get too big then you run the fine line of becoming an art fair, and this is not our goal. The show is not necessarily annual because we don’t want people to wait all year until the next one to buy cheap, local art. We want buyers to follow the work, find the galleries that represent these artists or buy from the artists and really seek them out all year long. It is the responsibility of the buyer to find the value in the art, to find the worth of art. Art can make you happy. The Cheaper Show works because there is something there that the buyer and viewers can really respond to.

LB: Graeme Burglund is the man who heads up this show every year, and has for the past 8. I have noticed that this show stands out not only in the way it is professional and exceptionally organized, but it is beautifully and smartly curated. What kind of leadership does Graeme offer?

ZP: Graeme reinforces QUALITY. He reinforces that quality is essential and in that, combined with curating with Megan, they offer a great variety showing different materials and good work.

LB: What does the show do for artists?

ZP: There is a worth in the show for the artists, many get galleries or commissions from it. The website alone distributes so many hits to the artists websites, it’s unreal!

CREDIT:  All photos are by Julia at


RAD STUDIO opens up about Monopoly, Celine Dion and being married to your biz partner

Posted in Your Othe Half: Biz Paternships with tags , , , , on August 11, 2008 by genennis

Ral and Danelle

Ral and Danelle
Being in the presence of Ral and Danelle Nicanor is difficult to describe.  The energy that they radiate is absolutely sparkling and you can’t help but to soak it up!  Karmic sunshine, really.

These two are the principals of Vancouver’s RAD STUDIO photography.  They specialize in weddings and are in the process of expanding into portraits where they will no doubt continue to clean up!

Ral and Danelle

I met Ral and Danelle last fall while searching out photographers for our own wedding.  All I can say is thank God their photography is amazing as they are, because I’m quite sure that Kev and I would have hired them just because we thought they were going to be fun to have around on the big day.  I kid you not.

Ral and Danelle have only been shooting professionally since 2007, but have achieved an incredible amount of success in this time.  They took a few hours out of their crazy schedule to sit down with Zoe and I to share their thoughts on diving head first into their business, achieving their 5 year plan in their first year, and sleeping with their business partner.

Rad Studio Inc

Loaded Bow: Can you tell us a little bit of your story and how you made the transition into this industry?

Ral Nicanor: We never intended to be photographers! I taught 6th grade for 3 years. That was fantastic. Loved, loved the kids! I loved that I could call the parents and say, hey I’m in a bind, can you help me out? It was cool that there were so supportive. You’d get these dads coming out to be there for their kids and I really want that when I’m a Dad, but it would have been difficult as a teacher. If my kids were sick or something, I couldn’t just leave class.

We taught computer courses at Simon Fraser University for 5 or 6 years. One of our colleagues was getting married in 2007. She knew that we were really tech savvy, and when you aren’t tech savvy, you think that people who are know everything about computers and cameras! She asked us to shoot her wedding. We subsequently booked 15 weddings in the next 6 months – it was crazy!

My dad was an amateur photographer so I picked up some stuff from him, but we learned the most from getting out there and shooting. We would look stuff up on Wikipedia! And we grew into some sort of business. Everything that I knew about Photoshop and cameras, I taught Danelle. She started kicking my butt from the get-go!

Rad Studio Inc

Danelle Nicanor: I love working in photography because I like meeting new people. I went into this thinking that it might be part time and it blew up into something more. I was in school – I only have a semester and a half left until I’m finished – but I had to put it on hold because it was either us investing in really good gear or me finishing school. I decided to hold my breath. I am really blessed that this has become a lot more than I thought!

It has been really good for our relationship as well. I now am able to see him on a professional level. I respect Ral so much.

RN: That’s recorded right?

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Your Other Half: Biz Partnerships

Posted in Your Othe Half: Biz Paternships with tags , on July 17, 2008 by loadedbow
Partnership Month

For the past week Zoe has been in Toronto at TOAE.  Prior to that, I was in Calgary auditioning to be a cowgirl.  So… it has been just over 2 weeks since we have seen each other.  It feels longer than that (I was going to say that it has been a month… until I looked at the calendar).  In 20 years of friendship, we have had periods of intense contact (growing up on the same street, we found a second home at each other’s houses), and have gone months without seeing each other (perhaps I will post some of our email correspondence from when Zoe moved to Chile for 6 months in Grade 9 – oh, the drama of being 14).  Despite this, I am finding that I am missing her terribly right now.  There are definitely challenges that are unique to working in partnerships, but there are also many benefits.  Currently, I am missing the benefits of having my partner-in-crime close by.

Partnership Month

LOADED BOW is getting ready to enter our third month online, and we are looking at partnerships – of all varieties – for the next month.  We’re going to check out our own partnership pretty closely, but we are also looking at some pretty amazing biz ops that are run by multiple owners or operators.  We are going to start with the remarkable story of Renée and Jim Kimball of Tranquilo Bay.  If you think that you are working with your partner under stressful circumstances, just wait…  (Hint of what’s to come: It involves alligators)

gen+zoe of loaded bow