By Anna Lipsey
For entrepreneur and engineer Connor Smith, “Community is King”. That is the motto he has based his business around. Smith founded Studio 18, a local recording studio here in Orlando that houses some of the most talented musicians, artists and producers in the area. A Full Sail graduate with a strong passion for music, Smith has made himself known not only in the music world, but also throughout his community.
“Community is KING!”
What drew you to the vision team for the BIG Exchange?
Orlando has a growing entrepreneurial community and the more it is nurtured, the more it prospers. I want to be a part of anything that educates and enables the great business and artistic minds of today, and the BIG Exchange is set out to do exactly that (along with a few other commendable agendas too).
What element about the event really resonates with your values or current work?
Anytime you put creative minds and business minds in the same room it can be very exciting, and sometimes, often times, even scary. I love how the BIG Exchange is creating a platform where what I just described is the complete opposite of scary, in fact the BE’s version of this incubator for the cross pollination of minds is quite inviting. Intertwining the left and right brain is what I set out to do every day, so this exchange resonates very heavily with me, and I think it’s very commendable.
What do you hope is one outcome of the BIG Exchange?
There will be so many great outcomes from this event, such as solutions, connections, awareness, but the biggest challenge is always implementation. I hope a great idea from the BIG Exchange manifests AND is a success. That will be a true testament to the journey of not just a problem solver, but also, especially, that of an entrepreneur.
How do you see the BIG Exchange meeting the community’s needs this year?
AWARENESS. The community needs to learn who’s out there, what’s out there, and what “there” even is (if that even makes any sense. Trust me though, it does).
What are your primary areas of responsibility with the BIG Exchange?
I’m here to add insight on some of the art community’s aspirations, struggles, and also too some entrepreneurial tendencies of the right brain thinkers in this world. Being the “art guy” I was also put in charge of the after bash, and good thing, because it’s going to ROCK!!!
Do you identify yourself as a Thinker, Educator, Artist or Maker?
Half the people I know know me as an artist/art advocate, the other half know me as a thinker, somehow I’ve always viewed myself as a teacher, yet my biggest accomplishments are those of things I’ve made. So…all 4!? I’m no renaissance man (yet) so for that reason I’m going to “try” and discipline myself to represent the artist community at the BE. I think the people attending these workshops will likely view me in that category, and I do love my art peeps, so I have no qualms about it 🙂
Smith has been looking forward to the Big Exchange for a while now and is eager to meet fellow entrepreneurs who share a passion for growth and community. “People who know me will know about this event,” said Smith. “Because when there’s something cool, I just can’t shut up about it. This DEFINITELY falls into the ‘something cool I can’t shut up about’ category!”
Author Info: Anna Lipsey will receive a graduate degree from Full Sail University’s entertainment business program in November 2014 and offers clients a full-range of public relations, social media, marketing and event planning services.