We had the good fortune of connecting with Greg Gilpin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Greg, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I am a choral composer and conductor. I’m also an editor for a major choral music publisher and I work as a studio musician and producer. When the pandemic began in the spring of 2020, my industry shut down. Completely. The work I had was as an editor and that wasn’t much work because publishing had shut down or at least came to a crawl. In the fall of 2020 I ran across a webinar for becoming a professional organizer and I watched and discovered I had been doing this type of work all my life. I am a very organized musician, which is unique! I began wondering if this would be successful and I began the process of learning more and designing what this business of organizing would look like for me. I thought it would be a wonderful way to diversify my income for the future and possibly become a career that I could continue into retirement.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have discovered that my music career connects with my organizing career. It’s been an amazing discovery. My work with clients is like my rehearsals with choirs. We gather, work as a team, create beauty out of chaos and when the work is done or when the concert is finished, lives are truly changed. Music is so much more than notes on the page. It digs into our heart and soul and being a professional organizer, I’ve learned it’s never about the stuff. It’s about the person. Maestro Organizing blends my careers into a company that HELPS people, LISTENS to their needs and CHANGES lives for the better. My company phrase is “declutter and discover your organized life.” I understand the heart and also the stuff.
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.
I live in Indianapolis and I would encourage my friend to visit during the warmer months for sure. The downtown is vibrant! It’s a foodie city for sure! We would definitely eat at some of my favorite places. Maialina is my favorite Italian restaurant and located n the Fountain Square district. If they want steak and seafood, my favorite is Tony’s Steak and Seafood where you can have the best crab cake ever. Yes, even in the midwest!
For entertainment, we have a fabulous The Cabaret downtown and also Feinsteins Cabaret on the north side in Carmel. There are many haunts with live music, including The Jazz Kitchen which has some of the best musician in the country play and incredible Cajun food.
Sight-seeing? Yes! Let’s go down to Southern Indiana and see Brown County as well. A top destination would be French Lick. The hotel is not to be missed and is a historic icon.
Indianapolis is busy almost every day of the week throughout the year with sporting events and concerts. There won’t be a day or evening we can’t find something to do and attend!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Because I want to focus on my pandemic pivot into professional organizing, I have to give a lot of credit to Dorothy Breininger, who has mentored me and taught me and certified me as a Boss Certified professional organizer with DorothyTheOrganizer company. Dorothy is well-known for her work on the award-winning show Hoarders. I also would like to mention the support of my husband, Ganesh Sharma, throughout this journey.
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