Michelle's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Tabula Rasa

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Kansas City, MO

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

MICHELLE DREHER

Letterpress Printer/Founder
Two Tone Press

“Do you really want to spend years thinking about what you want to do? Or do you want to actually do something?”

INTERESTS:

Design Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Desire Instincts Fulfillment Simplicity Fear Risk Goals Family Money & Financial Security Talent Values Choices Determination Focus Experience Opportunity Passion Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

clues, doctor, drawing, dreams, environment, exposure, finances, letterpress, material possessions, money, over thinking, pattern, printing, printmaking, rejection, sacrifice, skills, support, vision, waiting

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Originally went to art school and studied illustration, but the department wasn't meeting her expectations, so she switched to printmaking.
  • Interned at a letterpress shop during her senior year, then spent a few years after school really getting to know the industry.
  • After years of sitting around and talking to her friends about what they wanted to do, she decided she should open her own shop.
  • Says for a while, she was waiting for the "right moment," until she finally realized she needed to just jump in; opened her own press.
  • Believes that if you think back to all the little things you've truly enjoyed doing and piece all of those "clues" together, you'll find your passion.
  • Thinks that doing something is always better than waiting around, dreaming about what you could be doing, and actually doing nothing
  • At times, her mom still tells her she should've been a doctor, despite the fact that she never had any interest in becoming a doctor.
  • Says she lives paycheck to paycheck sometimes, but she'd gladly sacrifice "fancy toasters" to do what she wants, when she wants.

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