Mari Andrew in Austin, June 9-10
For anyone who insists social media postings won’t amount to anything, present the case of Mari Andrew. The Seattle native was a writer who almost accidentally became an illustrator by taking up doodling as a hobby.
She committed to a daily Instagram practice of posting one drawing a day. From few followers besides her mom, she quickly grew into a sensation, and now boasts over 840,000 followers.
Her work has become an inspiration for everyone who thinks they can’t. In a Nylon interview last year she said, “I remember sitting around envying other people’s lives and thinking, I wish I could play the guitar. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could just salsa dance? It was around that time, when I was at rock bottom, that I thought, Why don’t I do those things? I can learn how to dance. If you want to be a writer, you have to write. It’s crazy, but so many people will say, “I’d like to play guitar.” First step: get one! Things are a lot easier than we think they are. I didn’t feel like I was good enough to be an artist because I never went to art school. I don’t really know how to draw that well. So, for me, it didn’t even feel like an option. And then it was like, ‘Whoa, I’m doing this now, so I guess it is an option.’ The fun thing is when a career is a total surprise to you, so is everything else.”
Now her heartfelt and humorous musings and line drawings about making a life as a millennials have been complied in a new book, “Am I There Yet?”. Dealing with pain, loss, heartbreak and all the funny stuff that happens on the way to adulthood, Mari (rhymes with starry) Andrew looks at the life of twentysomethings with fresh and compassionate eyes.
And if you’re now inspired to pick up a pencil, check out Andrew’s online Skillshare class.
Other Austin events for the week of June 4
June 4: Apple WWDC Keynote Viewing Party
June 4: Intro to the Austin Media Scene — Media ATX
June 4: Best Practices for Prototypes and MVPs
June 4: Austin Virtual League Meet Up
June 4: Austin RB Meet UP
June 5: Austin Forum: The Internet of Things
June 5: Venture Forth Pitch Night and Graduation
June 5: Capital Factory Accelerator Info Session
June 5: Intro to Fundraising in Austin
June 5: iPhone Developers Meet Up
June 5: User Experience Design Info Session
June 5: New Worlds Space
June 5: Product Management Info Session
June 6: Health Tech Austin
June 6: Launch Your Freelance Design Career
June 6: Austin Digital Marketing Conference
June 6: EmacsATX Meet Up
June 6: Austin Online Marketing for Entrepreneurs
June 6: Data Science and Web Development Info Session
June 6: IOT Deep Dive Workshop Meet Up
June 7: Austin Marketo User Group Meet Up
June 7: Laravel Austin Meet Up
June 7–10: Startup Weekend Hackout 2018
June 9: Factom Blockchain Hackathon
Other upcoming Austin events
June 11: Cofounders Wanted Austin Meetup
June 12: How Technology Impacts Success
June 12: Intro to the Austin Startup Scene and Ask Me Anything
June 13: Female Founders Meet Up
June 13: Austin Hispanic Hackers Meetup
June 13: ACG Central Texas’ Growth Awards Lunch
June 14: Video Game Makers Unite!
June 16: Latinitas Party for Chica Power
June 19: SKU 6 Showcase Day — Graduation Pitch Event
June 20: Intro to Seed Funding & SputnikATX
June 21: Central Texas LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit
June 21: Uncloaking the Crypto World and Unravelling the Blockchain
June 22: DivInc Demo Day
June 23: Austin Ice Cream Festival
June 25: SXSW 2019 PanelPicker Speaking Application Process Begins
August 3–5: RTX Austin 2018
August 22: Snap Judgement LIVE!
October 2: InnoTech Austin
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Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.