Hope Chanel

Creative Consultant, Artist, and Venue Manager in Tampa, Florida

Hope Chanel

Creative Consultant, Artist, and Venue Manager in Tampa, Florida

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Life happens. And I would rather risk the fall than worry about the "what ifs" later in life. That is not to say that I don't calculate these risks and plan them out to the tenth degree, but if I am passionate about it, if I am losing sleep over it, if I can't think of anything else....I am going to take the risk. Sometimes the results are devastating but sometimes they are amazing, which is why I call this life a roller coaster.

I have been fortunate enough to travel many parts of the world living on a sailboat in the Caribbean at a young age, through France and Spain as a teen, studying in Prague "the Golden City of the Arts" and medicine men in Peru in college, performing for a military entertainment tour through Bosnia and Kosovo in my 20's, and just taking off to Dublin on a whim in my early 30's. Still, I dream of spending months exploring SE Asia, driving the autobaun, traveling the countryside of Ireland, searching my heritage, and see if I can cure this homesickness to lands I've never been.

I studied art and psychology in college and then sports psychology in grad school, although I learn much more in the school of life than I ever have from any text book. For approximately 10 years I worked in professional sports entertainment, another 4 at the collegiate level, and have been blessed to be on the ice for championship NHL games and on the field for championship NFL and AFL games with a chunky Super Bowl ring tucked in my jewelry box.

Teaching high school art was a daily adventure, however, my biggest risk and adventure to date is entrepreneurship. Purchasing, renovating, and running a historic theater as a mixed-purposed arts, entertainment, and event space has tested my limits, and often my sanity, but it is also liberating. I dance, paint, sing, teach, and I run a business on my terms, with the love of my husband, daughter, and family to keep me going.

  • Work
    • 8-Count Productions
  • Education
    • Eckerd College
    • Argosy University