Jason E.C. Wright
Curator, The Vanishing Gallerie

 

Jason E.C. Wright

Curator, The Vanishing Gallerie

Los Angeles

www.thevanishinggallerie.us
Instagram @thevanishinggallerie
twitter @JasonECWright

 

What do you do?

I am Director at The Vanishing Gallerie, a creative incubator + experience-design bureau.

 

within creative incubator: 

I teach organization + protocol to creatives.

This occurs through ALCHEMY 101 workshops,  GIANT’S SHOULDERS symposiums and select private development sessions.

within experience design: 

I design spaces + experiences to engage with progressive concepts. 

This ranges from activations to panel discussions, 

semi-permanent installations to cultural excursions (ie. The Adult Field Trip Initiative).

 

What steps did you take to get where you are now?

As a professional: a near decade of experience in developing brands, businesses, + storefronts in the private sector as a consultant, augmented by a varied background in merchandising, buying, entertainment, design, event production + management. 

As a creative: I am inspired by teaching, learning, + supporting others, often in ways that I wish had been available to me during numerous formative phases of my professional + creative lives.

 

For other people in your field, what do they usually lack?

Organization. Protocol. A solid, clear vision, with a viable plan of action to make it real.

Getting it all out of the head, + mapping it into a yellow brick road.

But perhaps the biggest thing is Support: many creatives simply lack someone that ‘gets’ them, 

that genuinely believes in them + their dreams, as well as the right team + plan to make those ideals realities.

 

What are you working on right now?

Publicly: I teach the ALCHEMY 101 courses bi-monthly. Developing the GIANT’S SHOULDERS symposiums as needed, 

+ still advising a small number of highly vetted client’s in the private sector. 

Privately: developing a collection, forays into green urbanism + intelligent design, product design, 

+ securing a permanent building/campus to house The Vanishing Gallerie.

 

We are all Slashies with multiple skills, which one do you wish you could do more often?

Producer: more film, more photography, more exhibitions/semi-permanent activations. I shine greatest when managing human capitol + logistics to the end of bringing life to a vision. It allows for all of my skill sets + nuanced talents to be put to work, simultaneously.

 

What is frustrating you right now?

I hold no personal/professional frustrations (as I strive to treat everything as a lesson).

I do indeed wish more creatives saw + believed in their own magic. 

To clearly see what makes them truly remarkable, from beneath the doubts + fears. 

To that end, I hope that my works are in many ways an accurate mirror, + a helpful map.

 

If you could hire someone for $20/hour, what would you have them do to make your day easier?

Creative Incubator

-registration + enrollment email follow ups (from template) 

-answering FAQ’s.

-assistance in set up for workshops.

-staffing for workshops

Experience Design

-assistance in set up for installations/panels/activations/excursions 

-staffing during experiences

-director’s assistant

Administrative Assistant

-note taking

-professional correspondence/follow ups

-thank you notes

-appointment calendar [setting/keeping]

-small business errands [materials/printing coordination, deposit drop offs, proxy]

 

Let's bring out the time machine. What do you wish you could have told yourself, when, and why?

I honestly would do everything exactly as it has all occurred. My mistakes, missteps, cataclysms, defeats, lack-of-knowledge, all forced me to become better, taught me valuable lessons/perspective/unique solutions that allow me to be well versed, relatable, + effective in helping others. 

 

If you could talk to an expert to gain more insight on something, what would it be about?

Past: Walt Disney.

 His vision for how to bring people into complete world’s of his own creation to get lost in has yet to be paralleled or surpassed. I would have wanted to be his day-to-day apprentice, learning his thought process, vision, + what influenced/inspired him, as well as his dedication to making real of what was in his mind for all to interact with. 

Present: Neil DeGrasse Tyson. 

His grasp of incredibly complex concepts is matched only with his elegant ease of communicating them simply. From black holes + gravity waves to food + favorite films, I would love to absorb his spirit, wisdom, + faith in humanity.

 

What kind of opportunities/projects are you looking for?

under Creative Incubator:

short term:

-existing businesses in the creative industries 

(arts, fashion, design) 

looking to refine/reposition themselves

-co-working spaces 

(to conduct workshops/symposiums, 

or to host/offer to members)

-you. 

creatives ready to invest in themselves 

+ learn how to realize their ideals

 

long term:

With Los Angeles being widely acknowledged as the creative capital of the US, 

I would love to work directly with Mayor Garcetti’s LA Business Portal initiative for small businesses, 

to apply the ALCHEMY 101 workshops to developing more autonomous creatives within the creative class of Los Angeles, 

while connecting all to invaluable resources to start + sustain their creative enterprises.

Once proven + established over 12-18 months, 

to expand + replicate these programs/protocols to local government/small business agencies in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, 

Indianapolis, Miami, San Francisco, + Santa Fe over the next 2-4 years.

The continued vision is to expand internationally, beginning with Los Angeles’ sister cities Berlin, Mexico City, Nagoya, + Taipei, 

then extending to A Coruña, Belgium, Brazil, Copenhagen, Madrid, Melbourne, Montreal, Morocco, Paris, + Vancouver.

under Experience Design:

open for developing more experiences/panels/installations for:

-progressive apparel/footwear brands. 

-product designers. 

-progressive technology firms.

-arts + cultural institutions.

-trade shows + exhibitors (apparel, tech, automotive, art). 

 

What is your ideal client?

The ideal client is a student.

A student of life, + of their craft. 

Accountable. 

Open to learn.

Open to make better mistakes.

Prepared to actively apply their learnings immediately. 

This applies as much to those publicly enrolling in the workshops/symposiums, as it does private clients,

be they individuals or managing directors of major companies.

 

Do you allow yourself to say No?

 

Consistently. 

I hold a high level of actionality + accountability.

I only accept + approve clients seeking to learn how to do + be greater.

I decline all seeking short term, quick-fixes or shortcuts.

 

What is your rate? 

Workshops begin at 285.00 USD.

Private client work retainer opens at 1500.00 USD.

All private client works are project based, + assessed per project during consult.

 

How should someone approach you about working together?

via email: director@thevanishinggallerie.us

 

For Creative Incubator workshops: place ‘Workshop Enrollment’ in subject of email. 

We will follow up with you with details on the nest available workshop + how to enroll/process.

 

For Experience Design/private client projects: place name (yours or company) in subject. 

Include short form ‘elevator pitch’ overview in body along with daytime contact + best times. 

Please use professional formatting; all submissions are evaluated accordingly. 

We will follow up with 3-5 business days.


This member profile was originally published in October 2015.