Visit: The WallBreakers

In September of 2011 I sat down for dinner with one of my oldest friends, Matt Weckel, at a Vietnamese restaurant in the Lower East Side. Matt had gone back to school for film production and was freelancing in DUMBO. At that time I was working as an on-site freelancer for a small, tight-knit team of proactive thinkers within Condé Nast. We began to talk about what we could do to help form better connections for ourselves with other creatives.

"How could we get everyone more exposure?"

"What if we were somehow able to join together our personal creative communities and help give artists some publicity at the same time?"

"We're both from Brooklyn. We should leverage that somehow too, right?" 

"Ok... so, a Brooklyn-based online creative community. People should be able to submit their work to us, right?" 

"Yup. How about we write about it and other creative history and current events too."  

"What should we call it?"

"Hmm I have been thinking a lot lately of the need to break through a wall. What do we call people who run through stuff? Who kick down doors? Who break through walls?"

"I'd say we call them Wall Breakers."

Since February 1, 2012 as The WallBreakers has undergone many transformations it has remained a constant in my life. It's helped keep me connected to people I care about. It's helped me hone skills in writing, podcast production, and interviewing. It's also helped improve my ability to be patient, to stick with something, and to be open to the present. For more specific creative work I've been a part of through The WallBreakers, browse various sections of this site. You can also visit The WallBreakers.