You often hear people giving business or career advice along the lines of, “Do something you love and you’ll never have a bad day at work.” Intuitively you just know that’s not true: there’s no such thing as having a great day every day, but as we’ve discovered over the years here on Out to Lunch, you can get pretty close.
We’ve met people who have turned their passions for bee keeping, scuba diving, art, and may more occupations into profitable businesses. Stephanie’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are further examples – they’re rock climbers and acrobats.
Lee Guilbeau is owner of Uptown Climbing, a rock-climbing studio in Baton Rouge that offers climbing in many forms for climbers with various levels of experience. Lee and Rob Antrobus, his business partner, opened the studio in 2017, two years after meeting by chance at a climbing wall industry conference in Colorado. At the time, they were both trying to open gyms. They decided to team up and combine their skillset. Six years later, Uptown Climbing is the largest climbing studio in Baton Rouge.
Lee and Rob are both Baton Rouge natives. Lee has a kinesiology degree from LSU and worked a bit in the mountains of Colorado and then Wyoming before coming back to Baton Rouge, where he worked as a trainer for more than a decade before opening Uptown Climbing.
Erik Otts is a professional acrobat and aerialist who owns a Baton Rouge acrobatic and circus arts studio called Acreaux.
Erik teaches students how to do circus tricks, including balancing poses with partners, twisting, hanging from silks, and more. If you’re the type of person who is looking to have a body that looks like you’ve spent hours in the gym but you don’t actually enjoy spending hours in the gym, working out with Erik and his staff at Acreaux might be the kind of challenging but fun and rewarding workout you’re looking for.
If you’re a regular listener to Out to Lunch Baton Rouge you might recognize Erik’s name: he’s also our photographer! Photography is something he enjoys doing in his free time but it’s more than just a hobby.
Out to Lunch is recorded live over lunch at Mansurs on the Boulevard. Photos by Stephanie Lee.