We had the good fortune of connecting with Shelby Rios & Emma Teasdale and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shelby Rios & Emma Teasdale, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Elsewhere was born out of a time where the future of art and experience seemed uncertain. It was right after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we both missed the things we loved the most: self expression and connecting through the arts. We orginally met through bonding for this appreciation of them during our time at SDSU. Therefore, we decided to create a platform where we could strive in continuing to build collaborative communities that unveil the growing elements of art, fashion, music and more. Our mission and vision through Elsewhere Magazine is to provide diverse and unique content creating a vision for the future.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We believe Elsewhere Magazine sets us apart from other magazines because of our eclectic content. Our content expresses a variety of individuals and organizations across the art, fashion, and music worlds. We strive to inspire others by sharing stories about artists and their passions. This is more than just a magazine to us, we hope to grow with it exponentially by organzing events and collaboarting with brands. We have a secret project in the work with a small swimsuit brand, so stay tuned *wink wink*! We are most excited about the future opportunties it will bring not only us but the artists that we work with and we couldn’t be more proud of what our small team has accomplished thus far with it.
We both have come to where we are today professionally through our networking and support. Without the immense support we’ve recieved from our community, it would have been a lot harder because their belief in us has helped us to continue staying inspired and bring our vision to life.
The biggest lesson we’ve learned along the way is that producing a magazine is not easy haha. Our idea for Elsewhere came in May 2020 but took months of planning and organization with photographers, writers, and features to execute our first issue–which was released in March 2021. It was a long ride but an inspiring and amazing experience, we can’t wait to share our next issue later this year!
We want the world to know that Elsewhere is a lot more than meets the eye, we hope to inspire others and create expierences. Our team is very small and we put in a lot of effort into the curations of what we want to share through our magazine. Follow our instagram to stay updated with our journey — @elsewhere.mag
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If we had friends visiting, we’d take them to take a nice beach day in La Jolla (Law St or Black’s Beach–if they’re feeling frisky lol). Some foodie/drink spots we’d take them too are Second Nature, Lumi, The Holding Company, Flamingo Deck, Kilowatt Brewery, Morning Glory, and Preztels & Pints! Dancing is always in our itinerary, so we’d hit up Spin, Avenue, Bang Bang or Kava Lounge for good tunes and good vibes!! Lastly for any art inspo, walks around North Park are always our favorite and swinging by Allthethingzz Space 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There a lot of individuals who have contributed to the birth and evolvement of Elsewhere that we would love to recognize because of their effort, love and support. However, if we had to choose some–it would be both music & art collectives: Family Reunion and Creative State. Both of these collectives brought us together and inspired us to build communities and experiences through the arts. But most importantly, we need to give a huge shoutout to our head of design, Sam Beadle. He played an immense role in executing the vision of the magazine and we are so grateful for his contribution. We love you so much Sam!!!
First Issue Cover: WENS (@whateverwens – model) & Nick Mora (@micknora – photographer) Team Photo: Shelby Rios (@stargirlshelbs), Sam Beadle (@samgbeadle), & Emma Teasdale (@emmab3ar) Elsewhere Playlist Cover: Shaoyan Pang (@shaoyan.pang – photographer)