“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” –Bill Nye
Throughout the process of my passion project and the travels of the creative residency there are lessons to be learned, knowledge to be shared, and wisdom to be gained–and hopefully an interesting experience to entertain.
Creative Residents & Creative Leaders Dinner
FIND YOUR TRIBE. I have raved about this before (in probably all of my blog posts), but it is worth strong acknowledgement–find your tribe. There is honestly not another feeling I have encountered so encouraging as discussing my passion amongst passionate people. I am buzzing just writing about it. In my last post, I gushed about my brilliantly creative coworkers and how grateful I am to be lucky enough to know them. This trip around, we met even more amazing creatives (both in and out of Adobe) who are just as excited as the residents regarding this program. It is always a stimulating experience to be in the company of those who think and analyze and process similarly, sometimes even directly to my personal mindset. To find others who understand me, especially after feeling like I have stood alone for so long, is simply trajectory.
PRACTICE MAKES PROGRESS. The main purpose of our last trip to San Francisco was to present our plans and progress, to the wonderfully excited Adobe employees and local creatives. With a total of three presentations by the end of the week (the San Francisco office, the San Jose office, and the Creatives Dinner), each of us in the residency collective could sense the ultimate ease of tension within ourselves and amongst the group. [Maybe with the help of some champagne in the middle.] As someone who has struggled with explaining my work, mission, and passion, having this rapid experience provided the perfect initiative.
ESTABLISH YOUR PACK. In other words, build your Board of Directors to aid the direction of your work. I was honored to meet the handful of talent I did that week. Creatives like Nathan Goldman (of DKNG Studios) and Lex Van Den Berghe (of Adobe Photoshop & Digital Imaging) are certainly career goals, and their experience peaked my interest. After meeting, I reached back out to them and others asking to keep their contact information on a list in which I could refer to for advice. Since then I have developed four categories for my BoD–designers/creatives, shredders, entrepreneurs, & general. One of my largest defaults as of late (and in general) is putting myself out there enough to receive constructive criticism and feedback. As Donna Carpenter claims, “We all need mentors, people who can give us a fresh perspective or coach us through a challenge.”
PIER 39. With the sun high and the wind chilled, I finally made it to see the sea lions of Pier 39.
LOMBARD STREET. A view to be experience at all angles. I ended up taking so many photographs that I almost forgot to simply stop and enjoy the view.
LETTER ARCHIVES. Hands on history; an impressively extensive collection of handlettering throughout history.
Good Eats, Smooth Drinks
ALMANAC BEER CO. As my heritage is half German, I may be a hefeweizen girl purely by default. So I held brief hesitation when Lauren told me Almanac Beer Co. specialized in sours. But I am also willing to try new things. To my surprise, the two glasses I had were the best sours I have ever enjoyed.
BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE. A small shop, hidden on the corner of nowhere, this was a deliciously quiet cup.
Watch my first ever live drawing!
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