This week was the first episode of After the Jump (my weekly radio show about the creative community and running a creative business) in our new time slot: Wednesdays at 1 pm EST! I’ve been craving some more critical feedback on the structure of my show, the recording details and overall on-air performance, so I was happy to grab a new slot that lets me work with Heritage Radio Network‘s executive producer, Jack Inslee every week. He always has great tips and ideas for me to help improve the flow of the show and make it stronger, so I’m thrilled to be working with him again. I also have the pleasure of leading into my wife Julia‘s new show, Radio Cherry Bombe (about women in the food industry), so if you’re looking for more great radio, you can stay tuned to Heritage Radio at 2 pm for more inspiring women on air.
This week’s show was inspired by graphic designer, artist, baker and blogger Jessica Reed. After bumping into her at the Greenpointer‘s fair, I was impressed to see she had “fill in” business cards for herself (those are her cards above) that allow her to change her job description whenever needed. During her day job at Penguin she works as a graphic designer, but she also sells embroidered book covers and has self-published a fantastic Baker’s Appendix. Unafraid of embracing her skills and interests across many creative platforms, Jessica is a great example of the way modern creatives are starting to proudly declare their multidisciplinary status. Her cards made me curious and moved me to reach out to other people in our community who work in different parts of the art and design world.
Art director, stylist and blogger Susan Brinson is one of my favorite members of the online design community and recently left a corporate job to pursue a more multidisciplinary career. Along with her husband and business partner William Brinson, Susan works on exciting photo shoots and creative projects that have her wearing many different professional hats, from styling and directing to writing and social media coordination. I’ve always admired her confidence about her work and ability to handle so many different areas of her job with great skill, so we sat down together today to discuss a few key questions:
- Do job titles matter in the same way anymore?
- How do you find the confidence to “own” a multidisciplinary career?
- What should young designers or new business owners focus on when trying to join a multi-talented creative community?
- How can we embrace wide-ranging job titles and descriptions as an opportunity?
- How can we prevent ourselves from being taken advantage of when we can offer many different skills to one employer?
Susan’s insight and advice – especially when it comes to embracing your skills, continuing to learn and maintaining confidence – were so inspiring to me. No matter what your job is now (or jobs, plural), finding a way to continually learn, grow and embrace (and find value in) your multi-faceted skill list is a crucial part of being in any professional community. From finding the confidence to describe your job and skills in a work situation to using experience in different fields to explain why you are the best fit for any position, this discussion is one I’m fascinated by and eager to hear more about from all of you. Thanks so much to Susan (and Will!) for joining me this week and thanks to all of you for listening! xo, grace