Teri Rogers is the owner and CEO of Hint, an award-winning creative content and experience design shop located in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri. Teri leads a team of story builders, digital designers, and experience developers to imagine and create inspiring stories worth sharing.
What makes KC a great environment for creativity and the arts?
We’re even more fortunate now to have a plethora of people who have an appreciation for the arts and the means to do it. From our history of visual arts to theater and now performing arts, our region has been steadily growing in stature. I feel fortunate to be living and working here during this time. It's a place that just keeps getting better every year.
What is your favorite spot in Kansas City?
I think my favorite place in Kansas City now is the Crossroads because it is so urban and eclectic and it has a sense of community and, of course, the arts scene. It’s a place that really makes me happy.
Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
Definitely Italy. I would say either Florence or the Isle of Capri. In the U.S., I love San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado.
What's your most treasured possession?
Family portraits. I have photos that go back multiple generations. Something that I own that I see as valuable is my building where we have the business. We renovated the inside but the outside retains its sense of history. It’s just an amazing place and we love it.
Who is your favorite hero from fiction?
I think my favorite fictional character of all time would be Morgaine from The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It’s a book about the women behind King Arthur’s Court. I also love the characters in the The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles.
Who do you most admire in real-life?
Terrence Malick. He’s a filmmaker but he’s also a philosopher, a Rhodes Scholar, very notable but shuns publicity. He puts so much of his heart into his projects and I’m very fond of him.
When and where are you happiest?
I'm happiest when I walk into a brainstorm session -- and observe one of my teams working and building off of each others' ideas -- with the ultimate result being a stronger creative solution. I just love the creative process...it never goes where you think it will.