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Spotlight: Rachel Voorhees

by Nichole on April 23, 2014

Today, we’re highlighting the lovely Rachel Voorhees.  Take a heap of determination, a pinch of fearlessness, a huge, genuine smile and a tremendous zest for life, and you get Rachel. We’re certain that you’ll love her as much as we do.

Who is the person closest to you? Why?  Rachel Voorhees

When you grow up alongside a sister who is only 22 months younger than yourself, who shares your values, understands every little thing about you and listens to you even when you know you sound crazy, it’s pretty much impossible to not be close. My sister has been by my side through life’s best and worst days and I don’t know how I would get through life’s challenges, heartaches and successes without her.

Describe your best experience in a foreign country.

My 21st birthday in Europe, which I know sounds weird since you can drink when you are 18 over there. I was with my immediate family and my parents took us to an amazing French restaurant for dinner. My dad brought a 1978 (my birth year) Chateau Latour that he had in his wine collection. Chateau Latour is a 1st growth Bordeaux which is rare and wonderful. The wine was simply divine and magical, the way wine should be. After dinner, my sister and I went to the disco to dance and we ended the evening eating burgers out of a street truck topped with egg. Delicious.

What one location do you hope to visit before you die?

One day, I’d like to visit Bora Bora to stay in an over-the-water bungalow so that I can wake up in the morning and dive into the ocean totally and completely naked.

What song instantly puts you in a good mood?

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

What would you most like to be known for?

My courage and strength.

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We hold our auditions and rehearsals at ThinkHouse Collective. It’s a great space for us to use because of its reception area and conference rooms. It’s also a great coworking space.

ThinkHouse owner, Janna Marlies Maron, describes what coworking is and why they support Listen to Your Mother in Sacramento…

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ThinkHouse Collective Logo 200wThinkHouse Collective is a coworking space for Sacramento’s creative class. What does that mean, exactly?

It means that ThinkHouse exists to foster and support people who are doing independent work that stimulates civic pride and community—people just like Margaret and Nichole who brought a national show like Listen To Your Mother to town last year.

See, we believe that Sacramento needs people like Margaret and Nichole, and it needs projects like LTYM, if it is going to be the city its meant to be—if it is going to be seen as a city that is more than just a government town; if it is going to be seen as a city that is thriving with creativity and culture and innovation. Because we believe that, we started ThinkHouse so that we can provide those people a place to do their work, have meetings, and operate out of a space that’s a quiet, dedicated work space and, let’s face it, more legit than the local coffee shop. As much as we love the local coffee shops, they just aren’t the place to do serious work or to hold serious business meetings.

We started ThinkHouse by asking the question, how can we support people like Margaret and Nichole? At the time LTYM probably wasn’t even a twinkle in their eyes, but people like them were still trying to get cool stuff done and were still struggling to get their feet under them. Even we were struggling with getting our doors open when we first started.

But we pushed ahead, because we knew there were people out there working independently who needed an office they could call home. Not only did those people need physical space, but also the needed the intangible community that comes when people congregate and work in the same room on a regular basis.

People start asking each other questions, telling each other what they do, discovering common interests, and before you know it one guy who is a marketing consultant teams up with a photographer to see if they can get some business together. Or two writers who are both working on self publishing get together to brainstorm and share ideas about what they each are doing in an effort to help each other. Or three guys whose professional work is completely different get together and start a podcast just for the heck of it. Or one of our members collaborates on bringing a national show to town and we get to watch the entire process develop and unfold.

Now that we have been in business for almost four years, we are proud to sponsor projects like LTYM, because we are doing exactly what we set out to do. We want to be a part of seeing great things happen in Sacramento, and if we can do that by supporting LTYM, then that’s what we are going to do.

LTYMrehearsal_020 group 800wPhoto by Madeloni Photography

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Spotlight: Tiffany Reese

April 18, 2014

For today’s spotlight, we’re thrilled to feature Tiffany Reese. If we were going to be stranded on a desert island with anyone, she would be our first choice hands down! Because cake… If you could invent anything to solve an existing problem, what would it be?  A cure for Autism, to help other children like my son Jude. Not because I need my son to “be normal” but because watching your child struggle daily is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Additionally, a cure for intolerance, racism and overall douchery. What is your favorite hobby? Pinning things on Pinterest I will absolutely never have the patience for. (Follow me! @LookieBoo.) What would you most like to be known for? Loving others unconditionally. Being a great Mom. Someone who doesn’t put their pride before an apology. A woman who puts others first but knows when to prioritize herself. A wife that pressures her husband […]

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Spotlight: Gregory Shaffer

April 17, 2014

Today, we’re chatting with the delightful Gregory Shaffer. The last question we asked him? Well, he’s nailed that in spades. If you didn’t have to worry about your job and lack of time, which side project would you start? A program that could be called “Smart Talk.” The goal would be simple, to work with youth (let’s say 12 years and older) who want to be able to express themselves better in spoken communication. The goal would be that these youth could do four things at the end of their experience with Smart Talk. Smart Talk would allow them to: 1) Introduce themselves in an interesting and compelling way AND be able to truly listen well as others introduce themselves; 2) Be aware how to best communicate their talents during an interview, but it for a job or someone simply interested in what they do; 3) Give a short (5-8 minute) talk (I […]

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Spotlight: Michelle Lamarca

April 15, 2014

Today, we’d like you to get to know Michelle Lamarca a bit better… we’re certain you’ll find her as lovely as we do. Who is the person closest to you? Why? The person closest to me is my fiance. He is the one person I feel I can truly be myself with all the time. He has the ability to make me feel a part of something greater and like a true partner and at the same time completely free to be myself. We dated when we were teenagers and made the mistake of ending our relationship, now 29 years later we found our way back to each other. He is truly my other half. Who has been the greatest influence in your life? I don’t believe one single person has been the greatest influence in my life. I feel that every person that I have interacted with has been influential to me. […]

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