CreativeMornings/Omaha Meet Natalie Wallace

Omaha is part of the global CreativeMornings community. This monthly breakfast lecture series is designed to highlight our creative community and adds to Omaha’s strong arts and culture scene and growing reputation.

After our June event featuring Joey Bierman, we caught up with attendee Natalie Wallace, director of marketing for both Omaha Fashion Week and Omaha Design Center.

Describe the work that you do.

I am blessed with two fantastic jobs. At the Omaha Design Center I get to come alongside folks who find event planning daunting and help them make the most of their event. Rather than stressing about it, they can enjoy the process! I love seeing the end result. With Omaha Fashion Week I get the opportunity to showcase the creative spirit of Omaha to folks who may not even realize it exists. I am honored to witness the creatives of Omaha come together to produce the collaboration that is Omaha Fashion Week. From designers to photographers to stylists and make up artists, lighting designers and musicians, to painters and jewelry-makers. It is a home for all creatives! 

As part of our We Don’t Coast spirit, describe the impact you are trying to make.  

One of my favorite quotes is “Earth without art is just eh.”-Anonymous

I love this idea. In our modern day it’s easy to think the world revolves around money and power. But working along side such talented creatives, I’ve realized the earth goes round thanks to beauty and creation. If my work helps one designer keep creating, one event planner pull off their dream event, I feel pretty good about it. 

What is your creative passion? 

Theatre. I got my creative start as an adult as a Stage Manager after I realized I can’t act. Like at all….I love witnessing or working on theatre of any kind. Or belting the lyrics to “Hamilton” with my three-year-old in the car. 

What is your first and/or most meaningful CreativeMornings experience?

Joey gave his talk on Survival three days after I had received the news that I had miscarried a baby. I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I had agreed to greet people and help them find their way so I wanted to follow up on my commitment. Listening to Joey speak on his lengthy recovery woke something up inside of me and I knew I was going to be okay. I just needed the encouragement to move forward. It was a truly life-altering experience for me and I am so grateful I went. 

How important is being a part of a creative community to you?

Creativity is infectious. I may not be the best painter or musician or fashion designer, but I thrive on being around these people. A creative community pushes one to think differently and view the world from different shoes. I need to be around other creatives. Always. 

In your opinion, how should we celebrate one another’s uniqueness? 

The best way to celebrate one another’s uniqueness for me is just to tell them how much I love it! Sometimes we forget that people just need to hear that someone likes what they’re doing. Or even if you don’t like what they’re doing, telling them why you respect it. 

Who is your favorite cultural leader and/or artist of all time? 

Julie Taymor is an artistic idol of mine. She is the creative mind that brought Lion King (and so many others) to life on Broadway in the form of larger than life puppets. I love her ability to completely recreate something that the world loves just the way it is. And somehow, she makes them love her version even more. 

Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.

For 11 years I played the cello. Although I haven’t touched it in years, I can’t let go of the darn thing. It hangs on the wall in our home so I can remember the beautiful music I was once able to pull from its strings. 

If you could open a door and go anywhere, where would you go and why?

The little brick house at the end of Cedar Creek Lane in Lexington, Kentucky. This 40-acre farm was my childhood home. I was delighted to do my homework in the trees above the goats, earn the nickname “quickhands” because I could catch any frog and learn to ride horses. My childhood was full of adventure right in my backyard and I return every chance I can. 

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