The Road to Indicoe

 Photo by Robin Sabot

Photo by Robin Sabot

I am a multidisciplinary artist--I sing, act, dance, produce, direct, write, and tell stories. And ever since I was little I have worked on projects that I'm passionate about, following their progress from concept to creation, from proposal to production. I've choreographed dances to my favorite songs, created tribute videos for friends and family, and appeared in various theatre productions. However, it wasn't until I went to college that I began working on bigger and more involved productions. Three projects in particular defined my time as an undergrad: a musical that I produced, assistant directed, and starred in for my theatre minor thesis project, a summer church benefit concert I arranged back home, and my debut holiday jazz album that I released the Christmas after graduating. I was able to work on all of these projects and more with the help and guidance of several talented people on my college campus. It was a wonderful experience to work with students who were passionate about their crafts and wanted to use their talents to work together towards a common goal. Their contributions helped transform my dreams into reality, for which I will be forever grateful.


It was easy to find these talented collaborators in college because our arts community was so small and insular. I knew almost everyone personally, and those I did not know I had usually heard of or seen in action in their own projects. So finding and vetting people for a project was never too difficult. Within this small community, we spent four years supporting, pushing, and helping each other to achieve our dreams.

  Cast of Kemi's college production of Aida the musical

Cast of Kemi's college production of Aida the musical

However, once I graduated I found that I had suddenly lost opportunities to collaborate with other artists as often as I would have liked. It became more difficult to find pianists or videographers or photographers who were willing to work on independent projects with small (or nonexistent) budgets. I knew that the area I lived in was saturated with talented artists, but somehow I could not find them. And when I did find collaborators, I had to figure out the new dynamic of these post-college collaborations and what it meant to work with artists from different disciplines and at different stages in their careers. The years spent studying and working on new collaborations provided me with a wealth of knowledge and resources, but no larger community to share them with.


The difficulty I had in finding collaborators post-graduation fueled a desire to recreate the artist community that I had been lucky to be a part of in college; a community filled with passionate and talented artists from various disciplines who would come together to create. I also wanted the chance to share all the information and resources I have acquired and to benefit from other artists' tips and resources. So, after sharing this dream with my long-time friend (and now business partner) Claire, we decided to form our own collaboration and launch Indicoe.

Indicoe is a one-stop shop for tips and information on artistic collaborations. We seek to support, encourage, and guide independent artists who want to develop their passion projects and may not have the resources to do so. We want to help artists find each other and work together to create something new and wonderful. And, most importantly, we want to create an online community of independent artists from all kinds of disciplines--from the performing to the visual arts; from on stage talent to backstage production; from the written word to stage and screen. Indicoe is a website made by artists for artists, facilitating independent collaboration and creation by providing tips, resources, and inspiration for independent artists in multiple disciplines. With this website, we hope to capture the magic of collaboration that I first experienced as a college undergrad.


So welcome to Indicoe and to our community of multidisciplinary artistic collaborators! Here you'll find tips for organizing collaborations, working with other artists, protecting and promoting your work, and all the steps in between. We will also post interviews and tributes to some of our favorite artists and collaborators. We welcome you to our community and hope you find what you're looking for. Feel free to drop us a line with your thoughts, questions, and suggestions. In the meantime, happy collaborating and creating!

 Photo by Frédéric Völker

Photo by Frédéric Völker