EXP Studio, LLC is an innovative and hybrid learning center, agency, and recreational studio. We developed this business after recognizing a gap in readily available and affordable resources that were needed to grow and push our ideas and dreams forward. We often felt hindered when it came to accessing funds, making time, gaining knowledge, and knowing the “right people”.
The challenges of being told to take a specific path and focus on “one thing at a time”, continuously led us to feelings of lost passion and demotivation. We recognize that we aren't the only ones facing these challenges and that there are many other people who feel that if they only had the time, money, team, or resources, they’d be more fulfilled and could see their aspirations come to life.
We believe that we are all multipotentialites in our own way. This world is lacking opportunities and spaces that serve as "the resource" to help bring new art and innovations to the world. And that’s what we are here to do!
WHY WE'RE FUNDRAISING
We've secured the space and now, we need to fill it with industry-standard equipment and resources to make available to our community! For the past few months, we've been bootstrapping funds to maintain EXP Studio™ but we need your support to continue growing and helping the community.
EXP Studio™ invites and welcomes anyone who has an idea that they want to see come to life. Funds raised will be used towards the following:
- Additional and upgraded videography, photography, computers, and audio equipment;
- Furniture (desks, workspaces, chairs);
- Paid marketing strategy and execution;
- Trainings, workshops, and courses;
- Virtual events and digital products to assist people beyond the local community and those who are unable to come to the studio; and
- Operational costs to keep our doors open to the communities we serve.
EXP Studio™ isn't just about offering knowledge, space, and equipment, but opportunities to become entrepreneurs. We also plan to use the money to create jobs where people will have a chance to earn while learning and working on their visions and bringing their dreams to life.
Thank you for investing in our community!
Not only are you helping passionate entrepreneurs but you are supporting an entire community of future leaders, innovators, creatives, and artists! Your support will truly change lives, fuel a city, elevate people to life-changing levels of success, and maintain a momentum that's needed to continue forward.
We've been envisioning, developing, and creating EXP Studio for nearly 3 years, and after numerous sketches, conversations, tours of spaces, and meetings, we finally decided to take the leap and secure our first commercial space to kickstart our vision. When you can take a room that needs renovations to a sketch to a rendered mockup to a fully renovated studio, you really start to feel beyond proud of your progress and how one day, you'll be able to help so many more people take their vision from idea to execution as well. While we're far from done, we are happy with our progress and still moving full steam ahead!
Check out our progress!
MEET THE TEAM
Alexis is a passionate story enthusiast, artist, singer, and writer who authentically leads with her words. She gained extensive experience in storytelling, writing, and leading with empathy from her 6+ years working with more than 30 local, national, and global nonprofit organizations and causes. Today, she is the Co-Founder of EXP Studio, LLC and the Founder of Inspiring Experiences, LLC — a company focused on helping people to elevate their voices, uncover their most authentic stories, and value themselves. Alexis loves building empathy and creating genuine connections with her community and beyond. Alexis holds a Certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University, has been an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, and is a national/international public speaker for conferences and summits.
Ace Russell is an innovative multipotentialite and creative developer with a true passion for entertaining and developing innovative solutions to any problem. A polymath with a focus on UX/UI Design and Digital Technology, Ace brings his vast knowledge of design/dev, tech, streaming/eSports, marketing, e-commerce, gamification, and multimedia arts to the team. Ace is the Founder of EXP Studio, LLC, and has experience working in higher education and design/tech agencies. He has been a co-founder of a game development startup, worked as a freelancer, recreation center staff, competitive gaming team manager, and now career coach. Ace holds a B.F.A in New Media Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology and loves helping and teaching others how to advance and become self-sufficient enthusiasts.
Jamal (aka Tracee Shade) is a talented individual who brings extensive experience and incredible energy to EXP Studio™. A gifted musician with years of experience as a producer and a music and video pro-hobbyist, Tracee Shade truly enjoys having fun in the studio and encouraging others to break out of their shell and do the same! Tracee Shade is a core member of the EXP Studio, LLC startup team and earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Individualized Study with focuses on Electrical Technology, Audio Engineering, and Mathematics, with a minor in Creative Writing and a Spanish Language immersion from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
THE IMPACT OF YOUR SUPPORT
So many people are struggling to take their ideas and turn them into products, events, albums, videos, innovations, and so much more. Often, they find themselves losing their passion and giving up because they run out of options, resources, finances, motivation, or they don't know where to turn.
Communities and individuals don't always have access to resources and many times, the spaces that could help them actualize their dreams don't exist. Then, there are some who don't know just how big their dreams could be! At EXP Studio™, we want to help eliminate those roadblocks, expand dreams, and create a realized hope for the community.
OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE AND GROWTH
Rochester, NY is a city full of potential, innovators, entrepreneurs, and talent. A true stomping ground for artists, inventors, and engineers alike — this city offers success to just about any and everyone. The issue — access to and knowledge of resources. Rochester is also one of the poorest cities in the country. Residents would have better and more opportunities to be successful if resources and spaces were affordable and accessible.
B2B opportunities are endless but at the moment, if an individual has an idea, innovation, event, etc. (without an established business), the doors are often slammed in their faces. These amazing individuals typically don't have the funds to start a business to see their ideas come to life or they are unsure of how to get started. That's where EXP Studio™ steps in!
EXP Studio™ partners with artists, creators, innovators, gamers, engineers, and future business owners. We become part of your support system and team by offering resources, brainstorms, coaching, personal and business story development, and more. We'll connect you to the right people to help you take that next step on your path and provide opportunities for you to receive hands-on experience. From photoshoots, videography, and creative writing to innovation, tinkering, eSports and gaming, podcasts, or even developing your own show ... whatever you dream — we're ready to help you make it a reality!
This is only the beginning for us! As we find success in our current city, we will also bring EXP Studio(s) to other cities and states!
***NOTE ON REWARDS: ACTUAL DESIGNS MAY VARY.***