We had the good fortune of connecting with Winter Conover and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Winter, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I think many people see, and define, success in a multitude of different ways– Some see it as how much money they’ve amassed, some view it as how far up the social ladder they’ve gone, or how many things they’ve created.
For myself, I measure success by experience.
As someone who creates art through many different mediums, I’ve come to learn that not every project can come out “”successful””, eg. looking good or functioning the way I want it.
I have to take a step back and see how what I’ve learned while creating the piece, or how much I enjoyed the process; and I carry that mindset into my daily life as well.
Defining success on experiences rather than outcome really takes the pressure of not having to be perfect each and every time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Right now I’m just a simple barista for a local tea company, I help run the local farmer’s markets and events– It can definitely be challenging, but it is so rewarding. I’ve been there for about three years now, and I have come such a long way. When I started I was anxious, unsure, and shy– Not really able to engage with customers or other vendors; now, down the line, I’m trusted enough to lead larger events all on my own!
I guess the biggest lesson I’ve learned from working where I am is that, sometimes, you have to just jump in feet first and roll with it. Not everything goes according to plan and, as terrifying as that is, it will be okay.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Huntsville is a rapidly growing and changing city, with something going on almost every day. Stovehouse and Campus 805 are high on my list for food, with The Camp and Stella’s for drinks. We also have a Cocktail Trail and Tea + Coffee Trail that we would tackle throughout the week.
Lowe Mill and the downtown area are great places to explore, with local artists and small businesses being everywhere.
The trails and nature around us is also stunning– I’d take a roadtrip down to Dismal’s Canyon or Little River Canyon for a bit of hiking, swimming, and rock climbing. Monte Sano State Park and Green Mountain also have wonderful hiking spots.
And definitely don’t forget the Botanical Gardens and Space + Rocket Center!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my parents and significant other, for always being supportive and not thinking I’m odd for my costume and prop creations, and hyping up my pieces. There’s been so many helpful, loving people in my life, it’s hard to name or recognize them all!
The cosplay community in North Alabama and Georgia for sure, though, most everyone I’ve ever interacted with in those circles has been very kind when it comes to needing help or just having a talk!
As for media or books, embarassing as it is, I’d have to say the Warriors series– It’s a bit of a comfort series for me + the community there really jumpstarted my creative efforts.
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