The Artist Uprising Team Shares Their Quarantine Hobbies

"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." - Oprah Winfrey


As our team continues to share how creatives around the world are responding to the COVID-19 crisis, we want to tell you what we've been doing while in quarantine. True to form, we're working hard on some exciting projects (read to the end to discover more.) But as is important to do--especially in times like these--we're also spending time with family, practicing self care and picking up a new hobby or two.


Here's what we've been up to (and what we recommend you try, too)





Morgan Miller, Director of Corporate Relations


Since quarantine started, I've been spending a lot more time in the kitchen. I'm usually not the chef in our house, but recently I've been taking the initiative and trying my best to whip up different new recipes. My favorite so far has been a simple but delicious recipe I found for banana bread. I've already made it twice!




Randi Bivens, Director of Artist Relations


I'm taking Spanish lessons every day on the app Duolingo, which helps you learn 30+ languages.


Meagan D'Von Funk, Talent Buyer


Since the quarantine started, I have been intentional about keeping a routine. I start the morning with hot lemon water, spend an hour working from The Artist’s Way book, then follow it with a morning yoga routine. It creates a nice flow to the day and inspires productivity, whether that’s work or projects around the house. 


Merrick Porcheddu, Founder


I'm doing some spring cleaning: Reorganizing the garage, consolidating and donating clothes, blankets and toys, cleaning out closets, and trying to improve our stay-at-home situation. We are also doing some low-cost home improvements like repainting the fireplace, and we've and taking family photos around the house and reframing around the fireplace. We now have a “work/school” schedule that ends in family walks every afternoon. As for hobbies, I'm ordering tiles and flooring and studio furniture and all of the hardware you can imagine for our new photography and media studio.

Stay tuned for more updates on ArtUp's photo and media studio.


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