Life has changed drastically since my last update!
I started work as a Content Strategist at Facebook in January which meant uprooting and moving to Silicon Valley. The West Coast is definitely a change of pace from Atlanta, but the California coast undeniably beautiful and the weather in NorCal can’t be beat.
With all the work and life changes over the last two years my art production dwindled, but I’m happy to say it’s back in full swing. I’ve been attending regular figure drawing sessions, classes and general creativity meetups. I was also lucky enough to attend user research sessions in Barcelona and Athens last week, the architecture and culture of which were profoundly inspiring.
I also have some exciting news. I’ve been selected for inclusion in Curatorial Volume. 1: Leaders in Contemporary Art, a global directory of artists that will be distributed to 200+ businesses around the world, including Sony Music, Warner Bros., Universal, Buzzfeed, agencies like Ogilvy and more.
Last week I took a leap of faith and left The Home Depot in search of the great beyond. I am very thankful for my Home Depot family, the career development I received there, as well as all the things I learned about content strategy, SEO, marketing and business. Now it’s time to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my own freelancing business.
If you need any of the following, you’ve come to the right place:
Whether you attended my SCAD lecture, “Advice for Writers: Everything You Need to Know About Landing the Job,” or you’re just browsing for job-hunting resources and interviewing tips, you’ve come to the right place. Some of this advice pertains specifically to writers, but most of it can be applied for creatives across the board. Enjoy!
Best option is to Google “[Industry] recruiters/staffing company/headhunters in [City].”
For example: “marketing recruiters in Atlanta” or “tech staffing companies in Knoxville.”
Forbes is an excellent resource for interview questions, whether it’s the most common interview questions, questions you should ask as the interviewee, or questions never to ask. By and large, these are the most common I have been asked in interviews, and questions I’ve asked my own candidates. Before going on an interview, be sure you can confidently answer the following (hint: practice your answers out loud).
Tell me about yourself.
Why do you want to work here?
What makes you the ideal candidate?
What is your biggest strength/weakness?
Where do you see yourself in five years? 10?
Why do you want to leave your current company? (Be prepared to explain employment gaps.)
Describe a situation when . . .
You faced a challenge and how you dealt with it
You faced an angry customer or client and how you responded
Any questions for me? (Your answer should always be YES)
As with everything, knowledge is power–and in this case, money! My favorite resource for salary research is Salary.com, but Indeed also can give you a general idea of base salaries in certain markets.
Now get out there and get searching . . . you can do it!
After creating David Bowie and Joan Jett in my Rockstar series, I decided that a Debbie Harry painting was the next logical step. I started a few weeks ago sketching it out and doing the first few layers. Then I found a slow weekend and the view of the fall leaves outside the art room window made it perfect for a few sessions.
Love November in Atlanta.
After spending a total of 14 hours on the piece, I finished her this afternoon. Meet Debbie:
“Debbie” 18×24, Acrylic. For sale, email email@example.com for inquiries.
Last week I finished my latest commission for an Atlanta friend. He’s got a 1961 Ford F-100 and when I asked him if it has a name he said, “I just call it ‘the truck.'” When we were talking about painting possibilities, I knew I wanted to paint the truck in some kind of desert sunset scene, but not any ordinary sunset. I wanted it to look like you were driving through the desert on peyote. My friend said he wanted color, so that’s what I did. Here’s the finished piece:
“Bat County” 18×24, acrylic.
Since the truck doesn’t have a kitschy name, I didn’t really know what to call the painting. Then I texted a picture of it to my good friend Chris, and he texted back “We can’t stop here, this is Bat Country!” And it was one of those slap-the-forehead moments. Of course! I was channeling some Hunter S. Thompson big time with this piece so I decided to call it “Bat Country.”
If you’re interested in your own Bat Country-esque custom painting, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can ship anywhere in the United States!
A lot of updating has been going on my site lately!
If you check out the tabs at the top, you’ll see that I’ve added sections for my resume, writing samples, and I’ve finally updated my different gallery pages.
I’ve got images from SCAD logo projects, figure drawing assignments employing chiaroscuro, and even weird stream-of-consciousness drawings from my Moleskine in the Sketches & Scribbles section. Check them out!
I’ve also got another announcement:
I am no longer a resident artist at gallery1526. My contract has expired and I’ve decided not to renew. However, this means that I can now take a much-needed hiatus from gallery work and commissions to do some more experimenting with mixed media, collage and new subject matter.
Keep an eye out for in-progress images, surveys and summer contests all right here. I’ll also soon be adding an e-Commerce section where you can buy my prints online!