Cart 0

About

 
Laura_024.jpg

Hello! I'm Laura.

I am a writer, small business advisor, and artist. I help creative humans grow businesses and endeavors from the inside out, so they align with their needs and lean into their strengths.

I believe that this is vital for finding sustainable growth, and more satisfaction from our work.

My business draws heavily on the experiences and skills I’ve learned as an artist, director, and dance maker:

  • The ability to connect small details to the bigger picture

  • A knack for noticing people’s superpowers

  • Respect for the wisdom of the body

  • Comfort with experimentation

For a long time I had a dysfunctional relationship with art making: I found myself continually burned out from throwing my energy in every direction, but was still never satisfied. I gave into the myths that artists should be poor and exhausted, and that being an artist needed to look a particular way. I was anxious, and so tired.

In 2011, after a particularly draining performance project, I took a break to reevaluate my working methods— to ask, is there a more sustainable and satisfying way to create than saying ‘yes’ to every project and climbing the grant ladder? I read a lot of books, interviewed dozens of colleagues and friends, and reflected on what was and wasn’t working for me.


What I’ve learned since then is that creating our great work— the stuff the fuels us and reflects our gifts— starts with getting honest about what we need and value.


Since our values are completely one-of-a-kind, our approach to creating needs to be, too. When these pieces are aligned- needs, mission, and work- the result is both satisfying and impactful. We create what only we can make; that is a powerful thing.

 
bg+pink.jpg
 

Since 2012, my projects have included:

  • producing an in-home performance series, sharing the work of local performing artists

  • a dance performance touring to other people’s homes in the depths of winter

  • curating the Walker Art Center’s 2014 Open Field— over 80 events in just six weeks!

  • a movement and book arts project, performed at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts surrounded by a series of screen prints

  • a blog about creative process I wrote regularly for four years

  • this business, and the Map Your Movement process— a summation of everything I have been learning over the years

This work has connected me to my community, taught me about vulnerability, helped me process the hard shit of life, given me a tether in the uncertain early days of motherhood, paid my bills, and allowed me to put my beliefs into action in hopes of creating more of what I want to see in the world (embodied businesses centered around self-care, amongst other things).


I believe that the act of connecting to our great work is a continual process: we peel back layers of the onion, and slowly get closer to the core— the thing that brings us most alive.


This belief is reflected in the Map Your Movement process: we continually cycle- experiment and adjust- until our work and our needs are in closer alignment.

Every day, I attempt to practice what I preach: listening to my own intuition, taking action from my core beliefs, experimenting, adjusting as needed. I have seen first-hand how our creative work can shift and grow to support our lives and the impact we want to create in the world.

edit6.jpg
 
 
LauraBenFox__076.jpg

The Formal Stuff:

I have been a prolific performance maker, teacher of dance and theater, server of fancy food and wine, nanny in Wales, curator of socially engaged art, social media coordinator, and the editor of an online performing arts publication. It all informs my process.

My dances have been presented as part of the Minnesota Dance Film Project, the Soap Factory's Artery 24, the Red Eye’s New Works: 4 Weeks Festival, Dances Made to Order, and the Minnesota Fringe, and generously supported by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Olaf College, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and the McKnight and Jerome Foundations.

My clients have included rad organizations like MinnesotaPlaylist.com, Wildflower Schools, Improv Parenting, Chicks On Sticks, and Don't You Feel It Too?, and savvy creative entrepreneurs like Lynn O'Brien Music, Jesse Haas, and Emma Freeman Designs.


The Less Formal Stuff:

I live in South Minneapolis with my 3-year-old, where I am a homebody that likes karaoke, dinner parties, gardening, yoga, Brit Pop, and coffee.

Press + Interviews:

Essential Omnivore podcast

Pratfalls of Parenting podcast
Pollen Midwest interview (via MinnPost)
Small Art 'Best of'- MinnesotaPlaylist.com
Small Art in Knight Arts

 
bg%2Bpink.jpg