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April 19th, 2018
We couldn’t think of a better way to ring in springtime in LA than to catch up with new and old friends at The Mill’s first Glug event of 2018! This time around, guests explored ‘Secret Stories’ with director Isaac Ravishankara, writer Rose McAleese and writer Wendy Adamson

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In keeping with the enigmatic theme, each guest scribbled a few personal secret skills on their name tags to share with one another. Cotton candy in hand, courtesy of LA-based Bon Puf, attendees set the evening off with raucous laughter –and sticky fingers! The night also included a variety of local vendors selling an assortment of wares: delicious pies baked by Dough Re Mi, precious embroideries stitched by Jen Ann Handmade, photography from our 3D Lead Artist Ed Boldero, and self-designed totes and magnets crafted by Eunhae Yoo, a Runner here in our studio.

With bellies full of sweets and ears buzzing with conversation, our first speaker, Isaac Ravishankara, stepped up to the mic. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Physics, Isaac made his way to New York and eventually began a career directing music videos for headlining artists such as 3OH!3, Keith Urban, The Lumineers, Hozier, Phantogram and Ke$ha. He has since expanded his interests into more narrative-, commercial- and dance-oriented pieces, as well as creating OMG Everywhere—a nonprofit organization that provides free arts workshops for kids in the Los Angeles area.   

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Circling back on the topic of the night, Isaac shared his secret method of keeping tabs on the number of visitors on his website; embedding a question at the bottom of the page that invites people to answer a question anonymously: “What is your favorite memory?” The room filled with laughter as Issac shared some hilarious reflections he collected. 

Next up, writer and poet Rose McAleese charmed the crowd with her humor. Rose is a staff writer for BET’s television show The Quad. Before being chosen as one of five fellows for Universal Pictures, she began her career as a spoken-word artist in 2002. Not only did she represent Seattle in eight BNV and NPS national poetry competitions, she also produced a collection of poems, Strong. Female. Character., dedicated to her favorite movie stereotype.  Drawing on personal stories from her past, Rose shared with the audience endearing tales of how her mother’s secrets, as well as her own, have helped her find her voice and shape her writing style. 

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Writer and spoken-word performer extraordinaire Wendy Adamson closed out the night. In sharing intimate stories of her challenging past, she revealed how her inspirational growth and successful journey have led her to a rich life filled with hope, passion… and shoes! When she’s not working as a Business Developer at an LA adolescent treatment center, Wendy supports Hav A Sole—a nonprofit started by her son, Rikki, who was featured at our last Glug event. Her witty humor and strong-willed ethos captivated the room.

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After some warm embraces, guests waved adieu to another Glug! Till next time, LA!

Be sure to follow @Mill_LA for updates on our next event.

All photos courtesy of The Mill's Max Myman and Fyn Foo.