It's not often that you hear of successful artists moving away from the hubs (New York, Los Angeles, Boston). After all, when you spend so much time building a network in a big city, why would you want to leave it behind? Probably because it's not about the network, but its the artwork that brings happiness.
That's part of the reason why a couple of experienced artists have moved to Corning, NY - and they're looking for ways to weave themselves into the small-town fabric while maintaining the Hollywood limelight.
Marc Jackson is a professional composer and custom songwriter who works in film, television, and advertising with clients in New York City and Los Angeles. His music has been featured in movie trailers for Michael Clayton, Enchanted, Harold and Kumar 2, and Transporter 3, in addition to compositions for TV, DVD features, and much more.
His wife, Jennifer Li, is an accomplished choreographer who also has a wide range of clients across the country. Her collaborations include American Dreamz for Universal Pictures, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in LA, Cornerstone Theater Company, and the Comedy Central Stage.
Hopefully, with the housing market spinning out of control and technology making it easier and easier to work from anywhere in the country, more artists and business people will realize that Upstate New York isn't such a bad place to call home!
Sean Lukasik is a Creative Agent / Marketing Professional in the Elmira-Corning region of Upstate New York. He is President of Twin Tiers Young Professionals and a coordinator and consultant for Pipeline 4 Progress. Check out Sean's monthly column in Twin Tiers Business, published by the Elmira Star Gazette.