To hear Jeff Bowman tell it, he’s got wayyyy too many hobbies. Turns out he just has wayyyy too many talents for a man his age, a modern-day Jeff-of-all-trades.
At VI, we are fanatical about story. We have become students of it, we study it and we apply it. We’re fond of telling our clients that “everyone has a story." And in reality, it’s probably an understatement.
Most people are passionate about something. Many people are passionate about several things. And then there’s Leslie Denner, who’s passionate about almost everything. Call it a passion for living.
Have you ever been in a bad customer service situation and thought to yourself, “It’s like the right hand doesn’t even know what the left hand is doing?” Me too, friend. Me too.
Sometimes you run across a guy who’s just “one of those guys.” They’ve done it all, done it better than everyone else, and then done some more. No matter how cool your life has been or how great your stories are, his are cooler and better.
When Caty Mills was a little girl, she had a couple of imaginary friends named Tony and Oscar. See, Caty dreamed of being on stage and on the silver screen.
When Jen Manning took up a family tradition with her mother as an undergrad in college, she never dreamed of the joy she’d bring to hundreds and hundreds of people with her heartfelt creations. She does now, because that joy flows back to her tenfold.
The Twenty, their 20-acre spread in the southeastern OKC suburb is in its infancy, but the tomatoes are ripe and plentiful and now on sale in VI’s kitchen in downtown Oklahoma City.
There are several varieties, all organic, and for three-bucks a pound, “them ‘maters are damn good and damn good for you.”
So how does VI’s motion editor end up as the 2016 version of Green Acres? Turns out it was a combination of some bad luck, a dream and a serious leap of faith.
Three days before closing on a new home, the deal fell apart leaving the Lelands homeless. The couple had always talked about starting a farm and building a straw bale home on the property, so instead of jumping back into the housing market, they took the plunge and bought 20 acres 25-minutes east of Oklahoma City.
They’ve been prepping the land ever since and are living in their Airstream trailer on the property until a home can be built.
It seems Stefanie is a master gardener, and with a background in film/tv production is transitioning into running the organic farming venture full time, working the occasional film/tv gig to help fund the dream.
The dream goes like this. The Twenty will implement completely organic practices using permaculture techniques. This approach to farming features more of a “food forest” method where crops are planted cooperatively and in harmony with the natural flow and geography of the land, rather than mowing everything down and planting acres of the same crop. They plan to plant to their hearts content, but will emphasize various heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. The Twenty is also home to bees and chickens with goats, sheep and hopefully a dairy cow to come.
In addition to growing for themselves and their VI family, they will grow for farmers’ markets, restaurants and community supported agriculture (CSA) memberships in which people would subscribe to the farm in exchange for baskets of farm goods every couple of weeks. The farm will also be open to the community in an effort to educate the public about small scale farming.
🎼 Green Acres, uh, (The Twenty) are there! 🎼
He’s an award-winning designer at VI. He’s an acclaimed artist outside of VI. And he, Aaron Cahill, has comingled his passions to soon become an award-winning patron for his work on next month’s Plaza District Festival.
Back in the 1960s, advertising agencies in New York began noticing a dip in employee productivity on Fridays during the summer months when the hot summer sun caused people to shift into weekend mode before the workweek was over.
Hopefully you read this headline several different ways. That was intentional. In the past we have, mistakenly, been called “6” Marketing and Branding due to “V and I” being misinterpreted for the Roman numeral “6”. Lately that seems strangely apropos. VI Marketing and Branding was recently recognized as the “6th best workplace in Oklahoma” for small businesses.