Networking

Adventures, Life

Today I went to a career fair which was crazy and confusing and also really fun! These types of networking events have never really been my thing. I much prefer a nice informal cocktail hour. Maybe with a cheese plate and some Merlot? But that was not the event being offered this weekend, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and brave the sweaty gym full of company recruiters and desperate job seekers.

business cardBelieve it or not, it wasn’t that bad! I actually talked to a bunch of friendly people about their work and learned a lot of interesting stuff. I made some new Linkedin connections, discovered some awesome openings in digital marketing, and got a whole bunch of free stuff. Seriously, I am set on t-shirts and pens for the next year. Another huge plus was that this event gave me an opportunity to hand out my new business cards, which I am super excited about. They came in the mail earlier this week and I think they’re gorgeous.

I talked to some neat companies. Yelp and Dropbox were definite highlights. I also have a friend who is a recent grad and now does recruiting for Medallia. She showed me their Book of Mormon-inspired recruiting video and it’s AWESOME. Is a musical theatre background required for most recruiting jobs?? There seems to be a disproportionate amount of vocal talent featured in this video… Check it out

Anyway, it was a fun adventure and much more productive than I thought it would be. Although I could definitely go for that glass of Merlot… Happy Friday!

Taking a Leap

Life

Cliff Print

I have officially completed my first week back in California after spending almost a month on vacation visiting my family for the holidays. It feels incredible to be back in action and tackling all of the things I want to accomplish in the new year. I am making goals and chasing after them with fervor. And it feels good. Taking the leap, jumping into the unknown, and getting ready for the next adventure. Who knows what wonderful things will happen in the next 12 months? Who knows where I’ll be a year from now? (If anyone can tell me, that would be great because I really have no idea…) All I know, is that wherever I end up, I want to bring this fearless adventurous attitude and dive head-first into anything and everything I do. Bring it on!

This piece of art is actually a greeting card that I found in an adorable Seattle print shop. It was much too pretty to put in the mail, so I am framing it as a reminder to myself. Do something that scares you. Trust the universe that everything will work out. It’s kind of a brilliant philosophy.

The New Artists

Art World News

I came across an interesting article in The Atlantic today which addresses the current cultural shift towards “creatives” instead of “artists.” Art as an industry has always been defined through the money-making apparatus attached. From craftsmen and artisans to renaissance geniuses; art changes along with society. But where has the artist ended up?

This article argues that the rise of the internet and the ability to self-promote online has resulted in the “Death of the Artist and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur.” The industry has migrated online, appealing directly to potential customers.

“The push of institutional disintegration has coincided with the pull of new technology. The emerging culture of creative entrepreneurship predates the Web—its roots go back to the 1960s—but the Web has brought it an unprecedented salience. The Internet enables you to promote, sell, and deliver directly to the user, and to do so in ways that allow you to compete with corporations and institutions, which previously had a virtual monopoly on marketing and distribution. You can reach potential customers at a speed and on a scale that would have been unthinkable when pretty much the only means were word of mouth, the alternative press, and stapling handbills to telephone poles.”

There seems to be a lot of building going on: you’re supposed to build your brand, your network, your social-media presence. Creative entrepreneurship is spawning its own institutional structure—online marketplaces, self-publishing platforms, nonprofit incubators, collaborative spaces—but the fundamental relationship remains creator-to-customer, with creators handling or superintending every aspect of the transaction.”

The internet has democratized countless other industries. So why not art? But the shift from artist to creative is one that merits special attention. I find that the most successful artists online are choosing to label themselves differently. They are stylists, illustrators, designers, creative directors, graphic designers, art directors, creative content creators, makers, photographers, or some complex combination of three or more of these titles. And they are running their art like a business.

So what will all this mean for artists and for art? For training, for practice, for the shape of the artistic career, for the nature of the artistic community, for the way that artists see themselves and are seen by the public, for the standards by which art is judged and the terms by which it is defined?”

Seriously, go read this article. It’s interesting.

(image is from designlovefest one of my fav design blogs which exemplifies this type of art/entrepreneurship. Bri is the ultimate creative hybrid.)

Making Plans

Life

Job Search

I feel like I’m not allowed to call myself an adult until I can stop taking notes like a third grader. These are the notes from a recent session with my college’s CP&R office. I am trying to figure out what I need to do between now and graduation in order to NOT be broke and jobless. Take that, Art History Major! Anyway, I’ve been revamping my resume and stalking people on Linkedin, trying to make a plan for myself. But I’ve also been relaxing and enjoying my break like a normal person, I promise.

I bought this gorgeous printed blue tapestry at a thrift store yesterday and I am absolutely obsessed with it. Christmas is coming up quickly! (I should probably stop shopping for myself and start shopping for everyone else on my list…)

Looking forward to….

Life

The last few weeks of my semester have been crazy. I’ve been non stop go-go-go-ing and fighting hard to keep up with all of my work and all of my finals. I am proud to say that I have survived and have officially made it to winter break. But, before I fly home and leave California behind, I wanted to take a moment to think about how lucky I am to be learning and growing every day. I feel so unbelievably privileged to be studying what I love and working on projects that I care about. I feel like I am contributing something important, and that knowledge has been an incredible motivator. So before I go on vacation, here’s a little list of things to look forward to next semester:

  1. My Art History thesis! I wrote the first of three chapters this semester and it has gotten me so excited about writing the rest. I am looking at the re-photography of Richard Prince and using Lacan’s and Zizek’s theories to explore how the male gaze functions in his work. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Prince’s appropriation techniques, but was shocked by how few critics were addressing this issue of possessing women’s bodies. (So please bear with me if these posts discuss Prince a disproportionate amount. It’s basically on my brain constantly. I’m sorry and you’re welcome.)
  2. I have a new job next semester doing community outreach and content creation for The Campaign For Scripps College. I am obsessed with my school so having the opportunity to help further its development is a complete dream come true. We are entering phase two of the campaign, which means a bigger push on social media and more consistent updates on the microsite. I will be helping to devise and then implement an effective strategy for this. My goal is to make all of our community as thrilled and excited as I am about Scripps’ future. This is the most ambitious campaign in the history of the school and I am so jazzed to be a part of it!
  3. I AM THAT GIRL stuff has been heating up this semester and we have a couple of incredible videos planned for the Spring. Who knew when we started this chapter a couple months ago, how successful it would be?! Love these girls and this organization!
  4. This is not set in stone yet, but I may be doing a kick ass independent study next semester. If all goes according to plan, I will be making art and organizing an exhibition in The Motley next semester. Keep it on the DL for now, but hopefully there will be much more about this later. Fingers crossed!
  5. Last but not least, I have another new job next semester as a research assistant to Professor Mark Andrejevic. He taught my Media and Surveillance class this semester and is a complete genius. I am so excited to learn more from him and to further explore a really important aspect of digital media studies. Online privacy and data collection is a very real but rarely discussed part of using the internet. Most users don’t seem to understand or care how their personal information is being used. I am super proud to be working on a research project which explores these issues.

Lots of fun stuff in store for 2015! But first, it’s time for a much needed vacation!

Seattle, here I come!

(Image from the Scripps College photo archives)