We had the good fortune of connecting with Meeg Conroy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meeg, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding work life balance has been one of the most difficult aspects of being an Artist. Over the years my time between creating art, bartending, and finding time to recharge mentally, emotionally and physically has fluctuated greatly. When I first began eight years ago or so, I was bartending full time, with art only being a hobby. Over the course of these eight years I’ve come to bartend at establishments that encourage and support my craft. I have been able to build a schedule that works best with my creative flow, and allows enough time to make art. At this time I spend approximately 40-50% bartending, and 60-50% creating art. Being able to still bartend helps me engage with the community in a different way, which is greatly appreciated because my community is a huge inspiration. When I create it’s usually a solitary, introverted space, so my balance comes from having another work space that is social. One helps the other.
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.
Personally, I feel I have so much more in my journey to come, and in a lot of ways, it’s only just begun. It’s been many years of learning, growing, and going through fluctuations. Some months I find that I spend more time working in the service industry, and not as much creatively. At first this would frustrate me, and I’d be disappointed in my lack of progress. Eight or so years later however, I have come to accept this as part of expected ebbs and flows. With putting less pressure on myself, I’ve been able to have more mental and emotional capacity to create. I am very eager to see where the next few years take me, as I dive deeper into my ethos as an artist.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh! It depends what people’s interests would be, and also if this is with alleviated pandemic restrictions! Pre pandemic I would offer these suggestions:
Things to do: Bike around the city, Look Out Mountain, Mile High Comics, A movie at Sie Film Center or the Mayan or Esqurie Theatre, Walks through Larimer and Five Points to check out all of the artwork
Museums to check out: MCA, DAM, Museum of Nature and Science
Tattoo Parlors: Landmark Tattoo, Denver City Tattoo Club, Think Tank Tattoo
Restaurants: Welton Street Cafe, Cart Driver, Mustard’s Last Stand, Peters, Senor Burrito, Sushi Sasa, My Brother’s Bar, Sweet Action, Pablo’s Coffee, Crema
Bars: 715 Club, Squire Lounge, Gold Point, Gerard’s Pool Hall, Vesper Lounge, Middleman
Alright, so let’s jump right in! 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 a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
There are so many people who have helped support my success through encouragement, inspiration, and confidence. Many of these are other artists including Karma Leigh, Miggy Camacho, Carl Carrell, Priscilla Jerez, DJ LowKey, Mandy Yoches, Corey Strange, and Blake Jackson. The most important book by far in my life is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Since I first read the book at age of eight, I have re read the book every four years, and given the book to at least fifteen different people. The tenets of love, sincerity, and compassion woven throughout the book are what I constantly strive for in my own life. If you have not read the book, I highly suggest it!
Other: Open to email communication: firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo of myself is done by Jose Domingo aka @3rd_dvision on Instagram