After gaining recognition for his musical talents, Lee Duck dropped out of college, signed with an agent, and began touring with his band full time. At just nineteen years old, he never imagined gaining any level of fame from music and gave even less thought to concert lighting. Dissatisfied with the lighting options that were available to a band on a shoestring budget, he took it upon himself to learn about and design lighting for his own band, drastically changing the trajectory of his career.
Screenprinter and illustrator, Dave Kloc, discusses his biggest failure, what he learned from it and his greatest success.
Dave Kloc’s journey as an illustrator and screenprinter is creative in it’s own right. He’s never had a plan and didn’t even set out to be an artist, but was ushered into his career because of his go with the flow approach to life after he volunteered to create weekly show posters for the wildly successful comedy show, The Meltdown in Hollywood. As an illustrator his approach is similar; it's a stream of consciousness on paper resulting in posters that project a surrealist, dreamlike absurdity. Despite his laid back approach, he’s a perfectionist and always wants to put out work he can be proud of believing that learning occurs in the process, but not in the product.
Emily Biondo is a passionate, process-conscious artist and graphic designer based in Washington D.C. who’s work ranges from large-scale interactive art installations to intricate hand-drawn lettering. In her personal, paid, and pro-bono work she combines digital and physical mediums to create art that pops from a distance, draws you in, and begs for a closer, interactive look. We talked about her process, about working with clients, and why creating “the perfect work” would be a major bummer.
New York City portrait photographer, Alan Winslow, approach to his craft is rooted in minimalism and tradition. Rather than take thousands of shots digitally, in hopes of capturing the perfect picture, Alan prefers to shoot on film, giving him more time to set up the frame and get to know his subject. His creative process is finally completed in the darkroom where he perfects the color balance, the composition of the photograph, and creates a physical print.
How did you turn failure into success? Brooklyn artist, Claudia Santiso’s willingness to fail, combined with a love of experimenting with those failures, has been the foundation for her burgeoning art career. Her creative evolution as an artist and distinct, if not somewhat improbable style of painting, is a testament to her non-conformist attitude, curiosity, and years of stubborn exploration.
Professor emeritus, Dan Jones, has been practicing and teaching landscape architecture for over forty years, consulted on a number of seminal development projects, and mentored countless students who went on to have enormous impacts in the field of landscape architecture. Throughout his career he has extensively explored how creativity and design can be applied within the greater context of one’s surroundings.
CIA trained chef, Tony DiSalvo's approach to cooking has been an evolution in creativity. During his twenty-six years in the industry he's grown to appreciate the simplicity of ingredients, the exploration of world cuisines, and inspiration provided by nature.
Brandon Wardell is a stand-up comedian who happens to also be very funny on social media. While he cringes at the term "social media personality", Brandon has triumphantly used Twitter as a lunch pad to success in Hollywood. His Comedy Central Snapchat show Hot Takes blends stand up, pop culture, and social media into one cohesive art form, but will he be on social media forever?
Camden Unglesbee isn't your "typical" stylist. Looking at him you might think he just destroyed a hotel room after a sweaty concert in a basement, but in reality he probably performed a delicate cut and color with a gentle shampoo. As fringe culture has seeped into the mainstream creatives like Camden help push us all to be a little more rock n' roll and embrace the coolest version of ourselves.
Voltaire said, "The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease", but sometimes it's also about the chicks, beer, and not taking yourself too seriously. In order to become an excellent surgeon Dr. Silverman labored over his craft for the past decade, however one of his greatest skills is understanding people. Connecting with his patients, through empathy, kindness, and humor is a crucial aspect of Silverman's approach to medicine and improving their quality of life.