What drives you to get involved in your community? Not only do we love being a part of projects that benefit Las Vegas and the youth, but team LED is driven to volunteer for a variety of reasons. We interviewed our team on why we’re each thrilled to be involved with the Las Vegas Showcase House and where that passion stems from.
Lisa Escobar, Lead Designer and Owner of Lisa Escobar Design:
Living the past 32 years in Las Vegas has brought plenty of memories, but one that sticks out the most to Lisa was the day her family moved into town. The tall moving truck was driving downtown when she opened her eyes to the blaring neon lights of Las Vegas. As something locals often grow accustom to, the sparkling lights and high rises really do make quite the first impression. Growing up, she lived on the outskirts, watching the town grow into a destination. Seeing this growth and learning of the history through exploration has been mind blowing. Being able to take part in it is even better.
While having multiple opportunities to work in the travel and nightlife industry, she got asked the typical question, “Do you actually live here?” People tend to think that Vegas is only a tourist destination and not a place for people to live and raise a family. However, we believe the exact opposite- Vegas is a great place to live! She loves that she gets to show that to people through design, especially through the Las Vegas Showcase House.
The location of the house is in the perfect place to show everyone that Vegas, like every city, is history rich. Lisa recalls spending a lot of her childhood in the Scotch 80s neighborhood as she visited friends and attended student council meetings there. Just a few minutes from downtown, this neighborhood has all of the class of old Las Vegas and stories you could listen to for hours. Definitely one of those “if these homes could talk” situations.
As the population continues to grow, those of us who have been here for years can still feel that small town vibe. The community mindset is being brought out in full force as the designers and vendors work together to benefit CORE Academy. Lisa, a beneficiary of several college scholarships while attending UNLV, being involved with Future Educators of America, and being raised by a single mom, has a special place in her heart for the work we get to be a part of with CORE. It’s inspiring to see people who grew up here doing great things for the city, using their clout to make the city better all while mentoring the youth- those who are on their way to great things!
Austrie Messer, Junior Designer:
Our Junior Designer is also local, and proud of it. Growing up in Logandale, a small community outside of Las Vegas, she was raised with a volunteering mindset. After graduating high school, she was ready for an adventure. Earning her design degree at BYU-Idaho, and living in Toronto, Canada for 18 months as she served a humanitarian mission, lead her to realize where her roots were. She returned to Las Vegas, the first time for an internship with Lisa Escobar Design. She was immediately impressed with the give-back attitude the team had and knew she wanted to stick around. After graduating college, she wanted to bring her knowledge home. With this outlook, mentoring the kids at CORE is an important part about being involved with the LVSH. They’ll learn from us, we’ll learn from them, and hopefully they’ll be able to share their talents with the community too. It’s a win win situation.
Debbie Amosa, Creative Assistant:
Debbie brings an artist’s perspective to every project we are associated with. Since a kid she’s been inspired by the freedom of creativity and the passion to share it with others. With this point of view, she thinks wanting to be involved with LVSH has two sides to it. Every showcase house allows you be creative as a designer and inspires you to push yourself to come up with a design that is unique, different and beautiful. This gives us a lot of freedom artistically! The other side she’s inspired by is being able to work with the home owners who have a love for art and are both artists themselves. To Debbie, it makes sense to want to create an art piece for them along with the kids from CORE Academy- which is our goal! We’re thrilled to be combining their love for art and to work with Core Academy to give them something to remember this wonderful experience by.
Hannah Carlton, Intern:
While working with Lisa Escobar Design as an intern, Hannah not only gained real world experience by getting herself out into the design world, but she also put her education as an Architecture major to use. You simply cannot gain this kind of experience from a book, you need to live it. Designers like Lisa Escobar and the LVSH team have so much knowledge to share with young people who are dreaming of going into design, and there’s no better way to grow as a student than to go out there and gain experience. Hannah says, “The more I study, the more I learn about strategies in design. And the more I practice in the field, the more lessons I can apply to my educational works. I think all those who are dreaming of becoming designers should have the chance to be inspired through opportunities like this.” We agree, Hannah!