Meet Your Board:
President | January 2016 – present
Vice President | May 2015 – January 2016
Director of Show | August 2014 – December 2015
Show CoChair | May 2014 – August 2014
Why did you join AIGA?
I originally joined AIGA to become involved in the community and give back. I had graduate from college the year prior, and I knew I still had a lot to learn that I may not get from job experience. I was familiar with AIGA Nebraska from attending events and volunteering prior to becoming a board member. I knew it was the perfect tool to network, get involved, give back, and learn. It is the primary organization, not just in the area, but nationwide to show that you are serious about your profession as a designer/developer/creative. I joined to network as a professional and received a nationwide family.
What inspires you?
I think it’s important to look for inspiration anywhere and everywhere. You never know what will spark something else. The brain is a huge computation device and if you fill it with the correct medium, it will make the connections you need to solve problems. I’m a huge believe of life long learning. I love reading. A good quote or story can really help get the ball rolling. You can never know too much! Always be a sponge and listen.
How do you AIGA?
How I’ve used AIGA has changed and adapted with me as I’ve developed from student to professional. As a student, I used AIGA to meet professionals; I attended events and volunteered for setup. As Director of Show, I used AIGA to put on the biggest event of year. I met and worked beside amazing people. Now as President, I use AIGA to keep developing and growing as a professional. Each day is new and exciting, and I’m constantly faced with challenges and problems that keep me on my toes. I’m always learning and always have something to do. Never a dull moment.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time, what’s that? Jk, but f’real. When I need to decompress, I love to run, read, cook, bake, sleep, workout, eat, knit, and crochet. I also enjoy watching the same movies over and over again (HP, Hobbit, LOTR).
What is a unique or interesting trait about you?
I am a redhead, high school dropout who teaches college and absolutely loves candy.
What advice do you have for emerging creatives?
When you’re starting out, soak up as much knowledge and as many skills as possible. Jump on every opportunity you can because you never know where something will take you. Don’t be shy. Sometimes you just have to interrupt a conversation, stick out your hand, and introduce yourself (hey, it how I got on the board!). Make luck happen for you. You have to put yourself out there. Attend as many events as you can. Volunteer where possible. Be active in your community. When you’re looking for a job, activate your forcefield and just keep going. You will be turned down, a lot, but the only way to get a job is to keep applying. Sometimes it sucks, but it’s those that persevere that get the job (eventually). Once you’ve established yourself, it’s ok to say “no”. Value your free time and those close you. Always, always, always make time for what you love and what inspires you. The second you are no longer inspired it’ll be tough to stay in this profession.
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