Founder + Publisher
Misty Tompoles started her first business at a seasoned age of 4 at the corner of Ohio and Railroad Street in a small town in Indiana. Though she was just pouring lemonade, the customer service she provided catapulted her to CEO within the first 10 minutes of opening. It was on this visible corner in her grandmother’s yard that she realized a fact that has served her well throughout life: people love lemonade. Her formative years of entrepreneurialship followed with babysitting, yard sales, and paper routes. She graduated from Southern Illinois University, packed her Honda Civic and headed West to graduate school at Portland State University. She interned and worked on several publications in subsequent years in Portland; some large, some small and some pointless. It was here that she began to appreciate niche publishing and marketing. Starting her own business had always been a certainty. And now years later, she has quietly been implementing her plan to take over the world. And she knows just how to do it–hard work and lemonade. Misty has been publishing playbills for Portland’s Performing Arts groups since 2001.
Katrina Laura Ketchum enjoys wordsmithing and tinkering with design, all the while making sure the Artslandia crew has their daily fill of indie pop. Aside from her high-kick, Katrina is most known for her ability to streamline and make things happen. If projects were cats, she’d be able to herd them. Katrina credits her love of magazine publishing to her former life as an English major. Back in those days you could find her oohing and aahing over book page layout and copy in the university cafeteria. Mincing, mixing and rearranging—editing, re-editing, and re-re-editing—she’s got it down to a science. After relocating to Oregon for graduate school, and receiving an M.S. in Arts Management, Katrina now finds herself living in and swooning over Vancouver’s arts scene, much like a schoolgirl in love. Someday, she’d like to be an apiarist (a.k.a. a beekeeper) despite being deathly afraid of being stung.
Rob Trendiak first picked up a camera to shoot skateboard photos and music videos for his friends in high school and has been documenting life on film ever since. After graduating from the Art Institute of Vancouver with honours, Rob worked as a camera operator at the speed skating oval for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. He has since been a tour photographer for a Lamborghini/Ferrari West Coast USA Tour and shot numerous wedding and portrait sessions. Now armed with his creative, business savvy wife by his side (and a way cooler haircut), Rob is ready to take on any photography project. Here’s a little secret about Rob — even though he is a professional photographer, he also loves Instagram. Follow him at @trendicreative
Jasmine Proctor is a writer, theatre-fanatic, and recent Bachelor of Arts graduate from Simon Fraser University, majoring in Communications and English Literature. Her love for the arts stems from her childhood onstage; She was an active member of her small town’s theatre community from the age of seven until her high school graduation. Now, Jasmine is a self-proclaimed Shakespeare fangirl, part time poet, and a not-so-secret lover of K-pop. She is super excited to work with Artslandia and cannot wait to see what performance she can write about next.
Lisa Johnston-Smith is both graphic designer and ceramic artist. Both disciplines require the same focus on concepts, juxtaposition & organization. Her motto: Do it right. Sweat the details. Have fun.
Zenna Wong is a Vancouver based photographer, digital designer and current student at BCIT. Growing up, she always enjoyed creating visual art of all mediums. Whether it was drawing, painting, collaging or sculpting, she loved being creative. In grade 11, she joined her high school yearbook club and discovered a passion for digital art. It was then that she decided she wanted to pursue a career in new media. “I strive to bring together creativity and ingenuity in everything I make.”