Today, Slater’s Garage changed in a pretty significant way. Kelly Slater (my partner in life and in business) just packed up the car and departed from Maine to start a new job in Arizona. This is a WELCOMED move – one we’ve been dreaming about, plotting, and planning for a long time, and we’re incredibly excited about the opportunities that moving to a larger (and warmer-weather) media market will bring.
The job offer and subsequent relocation happened very quickly, and during winter in northern New England, which means that for now, it’s not really practical for the rest of the family to make the move. Our two kids still have to finish college come spring, and listing and selling our house in Maine may take awhile, so the rest of us stayed behind, while Kelly establishes “Slaterville West.”
Like many self-employed people, Kelly and I work pretty closely together. I brainstorm with her about clients, we co-write many radio and TV scripts, and when we need a female voice for a spot, she’s almost exclusively my go-to person. Notwithstanding the personal aspect of being apart, this move will also change the way we work.
In addition to my usual posts about media, ads and audio I also plan to share with you some of the facets of being a married couple who works together, but lives apart. We believe it CAN be done effectively, especially with the availability and simplicity of digital communication, e-mail, phone, Skype, and related applications.
Will there be challenges? Of course. Mistakes made? I expect a few. But there are other families who’ve made such a dynamic work, and I’m interested in meeting them, and learning what I can from them about better ways to do business together, while living apart.
Keep watching the blog, and we’ll share what we learn along the way!