People of PATTERN: Terri Procopio

What do your friends call you?

Terri P. because of my long last name. My brother calls me Terr-Bear.

How old are you (if you don’t mind me asking!)?

45

Where are you from?

I am originally from Griffith in Northwest Indiana (The Region). I have been in Indianapolis since 1995, so it feels more like home.

Which neighborhood do you live in right now?

Historic Irvington and I love it.

What do you do for a living?

I work for Angie’s List as a marketing/web analyst. I have worked in market research and analysis for my entire professional career.

What do you do as a creative outlet?

Right now, it’s all about fiction writing. When I turned 40, I went back to school and got an MFA from Butler in creative writing. My thesis was a fictional account of a multi-generational Italian family, and I am working on finishing it as a novel. For fun, I am trying to create original recipes based on my characters’ family dinners.

What’s the most interesting thing happening in Indy right now?

Definitely the arts and the foodie scene. Every time I turn around, there is a great new restaurant opening. From theater, dance, music, and art galleries to local writers and filmmakers, I can’t get enough of the Indianapolis Arts scene.

Favorite local brewery, distillery or winery? (Or if not a drinker, then favorite eatery.)

Black Acre because they have great beers and I can walk to it from my house. Plus, they have fantastic servers.

Last trip you took?

It is actually one that is coming up. I am going to stay in Knoxville, Tenn. at Firefly Farms, which is the home for Sundress Academy for the Arts. It’s an artist residency program for creative writing, visual arts, filmmaking, and theater. It will be an entire week of being out in the country among sheep, ducks, chickens, and a donkey to focus on my writing projects.

How did you first hear about PATTERN?

It was a really funny story. On a fluke, I saw Michelle Pemberton’s Facebook comment where she needed a wolf for a photo shoot. My dog, Marty McFly, was a mixed breed but looked like a wolf. He modeled for the shoot and was in one of the PATTERN issues. I met some wonderful people that day and later asked if I could become more involved in PATTERN.

What was your favorite PATTERN meetup and why?

It’s a bit of a toss up because I have loved the past few meetups so much. I enjoyed Helen Hiatt (concert costume designing) because she worked with Prince, and I have always been a fan of his work. Abby Gardner (fashion journalism) was outstanding, and I loved watching the young people in the audience ask questions on how to succeed in the fashion journalism industry.

What event are you looking forward to attending this month?

The best place to be around Halloween is in Irvington because there are so many fun events. I plan on going to the Masquerade Ball, the Zombie Bike Ride, and of course the Irvington Halloween Festival.

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