We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Flanagan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, why did you pursue a creative career?
Having experienced some of life’s greatest challenges, I realized nothing is guaranteed. Instead of finding work that might make me happy someday, I decided to find work that made me happy every day. Although creative occupations do not always pay well, I enjoy using my imagination, planning skills, and problem-solving skills to produce something meaningful for others. I feel accomplished and can be myself, which is when I am happiest.
What should our readers know about your business?
Mountain Star Management is a company that helps small businesses reach their goals in the entertainment industry. It started as side work for me to help musicians needing connections, booking assistance, audio recordings and design work. My education in music business and my background as a performing musician put me in a position to help, so I did. But after a few years, that all fell by the wayside while I worked a full-time job. With the pandemic brought change, and with the entertainment industry struggling, I felt the need to help again. It has been a challenge navigating the new norms for live events, and coming up with new ways to deliver and promote entertainment. But I am excited about the things we are working on and I think others will be too!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visiting me from my home state for a week, I would treat them to a Pueblo slopper from El Nopal, take them to an incomparable concert experience at Red Rocks, and insist that they see the alternate universe that Meow Wolf Convergence Station has to offer. A trip to Colorado would not be complete without visiting the majestic mountains that make this state so beautiful. So we would go to the Rocky Mountain National Park looking for moose and drive up Pikes Peak for a different view. The last day would be spent in Georgetown, shopping for imported cheeses and taking a trip on the Georgetown Loop Train.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shout-out to my parents, my boyfriend Mitch, and all those I’ve been so lucky to receive support from throughout the years. I hope I am able to give as much to others as they have given to me.