We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlee Sacks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marlee, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to pursue a more creative career because I believe that is who I am at the core: creative. Ever since I was little, my parents provided multiple spaces for me to play, whether that be at home, with my friends or even at school. Grades were of course important but the most important thing was that I felt good about myself and that I was learning along the way. I studied art therapy in college and that was a chance for me to express my feelings in the most creative way I saw possible. Because my parents were able to meld my mind in such a colorful and self-accepting way, I was not only able to start a company in identity theft protection with my family, I also have the pleasure of being a part of a six piece band where I contribute to writing lyrics and then get to bring those words to life with the power of my voice.
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 get to live the best of both worlds. I am able to hold down a job that I started with my family and I also get to a part of an amazing band. Almost 4 years ago, my parents asked me to help them make their dreams come true in starting their own business in id theft protection. My parents’ dream to create their own business has been many years in the making and they were able to reach a point in their lives to make it happen. We now work with families, children, and youth in foster care. We specialize in credit freezing for children in order to help their financial future. I think it’s safe to say that starting up a business is one of the hardest things we have ever done and I have ever been a part of, and we are not even done yet. We have a wonderful team outside our family that believes in our mission and want to see us succeed. We believe that children are the future and in order to brighten that future we need to educate our children and stop identity thieves from taking advantage of them. The hardest thing I have learned is that failure comes along with starting a business. And, failure in business hits harder than most because it is our livelihood at stake. As long as we stick to our mission of protecting children we believe that we will succeed.
I would consider The Greenhouse Band my second job. We write our own music and lyrics and as of recently, we do are own mixing. Being the lead singer I have learned how much I can truly push myself. I have worked my voice in ways I didn’t even know that I could. We are an independent band, meaning we do our own promotions and marketing. There is a whole business side to music that I was fully unaware of. It’s hard work to get our music out there and I think we have done a pretty good job at it. It also even harder to be vulnerable and let people hear what is in our hearts. We have just gone through the difficult process of recording our first album. There were times I would get so frustrated i’ve wanted to walk away but when I work through that frustration, with the help from my boys, we create something so magical that it makes every little thing worth it.
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 have a ton of spots in city that I would love to show someone. I have been dating a cook for 2 years, who is extremely involved in the food world. We met at Bar Dough, an intimate, fun Italian restaurant located in the Lower Highlands that I would highly recommend to anyone who loves to eat pasta. He know works at a place called Mister Oso that serves the most delicious Mexican food that is located in Rhino. Another one of my favorite places in Denver is a hole in the wall pizza place called, The Well, also located in the Lower Highlands. Dino is the owner and he makes you feel like you are his best friend. It’s so fun to walk in and immediately feel like you belong there, not to mention it is some of the best pizza I have ever had.
A cool spot to grab a cocktail would have to be a place called, Forrest Room Five, in the highlands. I have a few friends that work there and they make some really good drinks and have a really cool atmosphere that makes you feel like your’e not even in the city.
A cool spot for music, food and drinks would be Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, located downtown. I got to see my favorite band here, The California Honeydrops. The environment is dark and intimate with a stage that you can look down at while your’e eating or drinking.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As I have previously mentioned before, I would like to thank my mom and dad for providing a space for me to find what makes me happy in life. I consider myself lucky to even have the opportunity to live such a life full of opportunities.
I would like to give a BIG shoutout to the guys in my band: Michael, Tommy, Hayden, Matt and Joe. When I originally tried out for the band about 2 years ago, I was this little girl who was not at all confident in my ability to sing. I had never had any professional training so even though I was good enough to get in the band, it was clear that I still had a lot of work to do. The boys helped me find my confidence and showed me how far i can stretch my voice. Not only have they been the backbone to my singing career but they have also become my friends out here. Honestly, no clue what I would ever do without them. Thank you my boys.
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