The one and only Mark Brickey interviewed me for his Adventures In Design podcast. We spent a couple great hours chatting about this year’s WMC Fest, helping other people realize their ideas, and the importance of moving beyond hype and ego to validate new ventures and get them off the ground. If you like what you hear, consider joining the Circle of Trust.
Just after the new year, I started making a list of people I’d like to interview in 2013. The first person who came to mind was Brad Bischoff. Having just watched his latest film, he was fresh on my mind, but Brad’s an auteur I’ve admired and respected for years. I met him in 2008 at Columbia College Chicago during the screening of his student film, Eyelids, and have watched his films (and progression as a storyteller) ever since. Most recently, I got involved in Brad’s work as a Kickstarter funder for his latest project, Where the Buffalo Roam.
A while back I got an voicemail from my friend Mark Goodchild about a new social media concept he wanted my opinion on. I actually hear a lot of these sorts of pitches (mostly from non-designers and mostly half-baked) but with Mark, I knew it would be thoroughly vetted, totally fleshed-out and completely well-conceived. That’s because he’s always been the hardest working, most selfless pro I know. Which isn’t easy to do in the highly competitive, egomaniacal music industry.
The summer heat right now reminds me of an amazing (sweaty) fashionshoot I was part of last year at Kyle La Mere‘s studio. Kyle had just moved his studio, IshootRockstars, into a small loft in the Pilsen artists corridor and agreed to style and shoot new designs and models for my t-shirt company, Good Night TV. There was no A/C, blazing hot lights, greasy takeout and lukewarm drinks, but the shoot was perfect. And even though none of us were, Kyle made us all look and feel like rockstars that night. He’s an amazing talent and even awesomer human being. I’m honored to have found myself in front of Kyle lens on many occasions and I will always stand behind his work.
Spring has sprung in Chicago and that means rolling around with your windows down and your speakers up. Thankfully, fresh sounds seem to surround this month’s subject, Mike Reuter a.k.a. Shazam Bangles. The Chicago soundsmith and I go all the way back to elementary school and the Arlington Heights Youth Basketball Association. I don’t remember much from those days except for the color of our jerseys (red and white) and that Mike was the best player in the league (we might’ve even won the Lakeman Tournament). Fast forward 20 years later to a rowdy loft party in Wicker Park, and I bump into a bearded Bangles behind the decks cuttin’ and scratchin’ with the same speed and dexterity he dominated the courts with when we were kids.
This month, I checked in on my friend, Andy Gray, Managing Director at VSA Partners, New York. Andy and I met serendipitously while I was between jobs. What should have been a quick tour of VSA’s 7th Avenue office before dinner with my friend Travis Barteaux, turned out to be an amazing 2-hour conversation with Andy (and a job offer several weeks later). Even though I didn’t take the job, Andy and I have remained close and I consider him a confidant and career counselor of sorts.