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April 28, 8:00am • CRAFT • part of a series on Beyond

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Meat, with a side of meat. That’s what our May #CMugshot, Jake Sullivan, likes on his breakfast taco. When presented with a blank mug and markers, Jake sought out collaborators and roped in none other than Swiss Miss herself, CreativeMornings founder Tina Roth Eisenberg. This freelance creative director, copywriter, filmmaker, and an all-around nice guy also donates his talents to the #CMSummit16 effort. Thank you, Jake! He’s a busy, devoted father so if you want to pin him down during his off time, you’ll have to try to catch him at Bull Creek. 


What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

Marc Maron’s interview with Sturgill Simpson.

What audacious thing would you like to make part of your reality this year?

I want to reposition the act of passing the hat or tip jar for musicians to “paying respect” as the first part of a broader initiative to get musicians paid for what they are so often forced to give away. And yes, I am looking for help. 

Connect with Jake!

Twitter  |  Website  |  Facebook  | CreativeMornings Profile

(Photos of Jake (and Tina) by Manny Pandya)


Our May event may be upon us, but before we get real we want you to meet our latest #CMugshot, Maria Alonso. This production coordinator for SXSW Interactive is a breakfast taco purist, so nothing but egg, potato, and cheese will do. If you happen upon Quickie Pickie on a free afternoon, you might find Maria enjoying beer and some great wi-fi. Make sure to ask her about the secret life of plants!

What’s the one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

I’ve been inspired by the community of artist, builders, architects and community leaders that have come together to get make Austin an affordable city for everyone. 

What’s a big risk you’ve taken in your life that you are glad you did?

I quit my government job to join a group of creative and inspiring people at SXSW.

What’s one way you’d like to incorporate more risk into your life?

I’d like to be more willing to say what I’m really thinking or a regular basis. I shy away from confrontation and I think there is a lot of growth that can happen when you push people to think differently.

Connect with Maria!

Twitter  |  Instagram  |  CreativeMornings Profile

(Photo of Maria by Thomas Meredith)

We want to celebrate our 3rd birthday with you! This Sat. 11 am - 3 pm.

CreativeMornings/Austin has been inspiring Austin’s creative community for three years now. We’re thankful for all the people who have come to make CreativeMornings a success over the past three years—that includes you! 

Let’s celebrate with great beer, great music, and great people!

Join us this Saturday at Hops & Grain Brewing from 11 am - 3 pm. Click here to get your ticket on Eventbrite.

In addition to great beer from Hops & Grain, our birthday bash will feature former #CMATX bands Charlie Belle, Taylor & The Wild Now and Dave Scher

Thanks to Hops & Grain for hosting, and providing a special, refreshing gift to the first 100 ticketed people.


On a breakfast taco, guac and bacon, “bacamole,” is heaven in your mouth according to Chris Applegate, our March #CMugshot. A dapperly coiffed man of many talents, Chris co-founded and directs operations for SHED Barbershop & Supply, while also working as a contractor for Salesforce. On a free day in Austin, Chris climbs the Barton Creek Greenbelt Hill of Life trail and finishes with a relaxing swim. Despite our dropping the ball on the mug part of our CMugshot, Chris was a good sport with the substitute polka-dotted mason jar! 

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

Human connection. I’m usually so disconnected working on things on my own, but lately I’ve made an effort to make more time to connect with the people I know, even casual acquaintances. So much more happens.

In the spirit of our March theme, what is one big change in your life that has been challenging?  

A big positive change was welcoming our first child 7 months ago!  My son has taught me what is truly important, as cliche as that may sound, and is really helping me overcome my constant feeling of “busyness.” There’s even more to juggle, but my sense of priorities has sharpened immensely and I’m much happier in everything that I do and accomplish.

What is one big change in your life that has been positive?

A challenging change has been opening and running SHED while still working another full-time job.  It’s tough always feeling “too busy” for things that I know are important, but it’s something I’m definitely working on.

Connect with Chris!

WebsiteTwitter | CreativeMornings Profile 

(Photo of Chris by Manny Pandya)

Photos from March’s #CMchange event with Kelly Krause are on Flickr

Thanks to Manny Pandya for these wonderful photos, and to Umbel, Golfsmith, Able Lending, and Cuvee Coffee for sponsoring and making this talk possible.