Shut Up and Make: Turning Passion into Profession
Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd
We all have our day jobs… but 99% of the time, passion projects and getting paid are mutually exclusive. Instead of just bitching, find time to create—whether through art, photography, design or music. During this panel, hear inspiring stories about how simply doing what you love can open unexpected doors.
Why is it important to lean in to your passion and create—outside the constraints of clients, work and “the man”? How do you balance passion projects with paying the bills? How can social media open doors, create connections and amplify your voice in unprecedented ways?
Creative Dir of Design
Havas Worldwide Chicago
Chuck is currently the Creative Director of Design at Havas Chicago, setting the design vision for the agency, infusing an artful sense of craft into client work, and mentoring young design talent....Show the rest
Chuck is currently the Creative Director of Design at Havas Chicago, setting the design vision for the agency, infusing an artful sense of craft into client work, and mentoring young design talent.
Anderson is a popular Chicago-based artist, designer, photographer, and founder of NoPattern Studio, which he began in 2004 at the age of 18. He has created work for brands like ESPN, Complex Magazine, and Nylon, Burton, Absolut, Nike, Google, Mountain Dew, McDonald's, Microsoft, Target, Honda, Vans, and The Wall Street Journal.
Chuck has also been a judge at the Annual Art Directors Club Awards and has spoken at dozens of schools and design conferences around the world. In 2010, Chuck was named a Design Icon by Computer Arts Magazine. Embodying a balanced blend of talent and passion for design, Chuck also enjoys a near-100K following on Instagram (@nopattern), inspiring his fanbase with vivid and colorful creations that offer a peek into his maker mindset.Hide the rest
Jason’s big break came at the age of 21 when Andy Berlin hired him as Head of Art for Volkswagen. Three years later he became a founding partner and Executive Creative Director at Berlin Cameron co...Show the rest
Jason’s big break came at the age of 21 when Andy Berlin hired him as Head of Art for Volkswagen. Three years later he became a founding partner and Executive Creative Director at Berlin Cameron conceiving the Bill Murray NBA campaign.
After 12 years at Berlin Cameron, Jason was hired as co-president and Executive Creative Director at Translation, a marketing agency founded by Steve Stoute and Jay-Z. Here, he created campaigns for State Farm, McDonald’s and Target.
Today, Jason is the Chief Creative Officer of Havas North America headquartered in Chicago. His innate sense of digital media and acute understanding of the coveted millennial market has put him ahead of the curve on modern brand building - firmly believing that art, music, fashion and design hold the answers to every brand problem. He motivates his creative teams to generate content for clients that “doesn’t just live on social media, but thrives on it”.
Peterson’s 20 years in the business have made him a mainstay in both the ad industry and in the world of social media. Known for igniting cultural conversations across all media, he understands the critical role social media plays in brand storytelling and sees channels such as Tumblr and Snapchat as perfect vehicles for creativity. To this point, Peterson can add “Top Instagrammer” to his resume’. With close to 700,000 followers on this social platform, @JasonMPeterson turned his passion of photography into a cult following. His signature monochromatic aesthetic has led him to be sought after for by many of today’s luxury brands and he is sponsored by camera company Leica.
From shooting in Iceland for Dom Perignon to drone portraits of Chicago’s prominent tastemakers for the city’s Soho House launch, Jason balances his role as CCO and staying on top of his Instagram account. His dynamic skill set as both active creator and agency leader has made him ideally suited to solve the most complex challenges faced by marketers today. If you see him on theHide the rest
Founder/Creative Dir of Staple Design & Reed Space
Founder & Creative Director of Staple Design & Reed Space.
What we do:
Content Creator/Artist/Graphic Designer
Sophia Chang hails from the borough of Queens, New York. An avid and energized spirit, active in the art & design community. She earned her BFA in Illustration at Parsons School of Design. She is a...Show the rest
Sophia Chang hails from the borough of Queens, New York. An avid and energized spirit, active in the art & design community. She earned her BFA in Illustration at Parsons School of Design. She is a storyteller working in all mediums of creative matter, from printmaking, apparel, websites, graphic design, illustration, event planning, curation and more.
There is a new generation of entrepreneurs that are flexing beyond what meet the eyes and the whole world is watching Sophia is a true product of her environment finding everyday excellence quite comfortable. Her usually attire; sneakers, tech gear and her hair twisted up in a signature bun.
On her spare time she enjoys frolicking through the park with her dog and giving him unconditional love.Hide the rest