Are you a freelance creative or do you create work in-house for a company? Are you curious about the benefits each world offers? Nate Williams, a creative force in both the freelance, solopreneur, and corporate spaces talks with us about how he has been able to navigate both worlds and why creating personal work is so important.
As a is a visual thinker and a multidisciplinary Art Director, Designer and Illustrator, Nate has worked in-house for companies such as Microsoft, Xbox, and Starbucks. While his instantly recognizable illustration style has been tapped by clients such as Target, Urban Outfitters, Wired Magazine, the New York Times, Coca Cola, Oreo, Converse and the Cartoon Network – just to name a few. His curiosity and desire to learn has taken him all over the world where he has both lived abroad as well as traveled as a guest speaker – inspiring creatives along the way. For all this and so much more, be sure to join us for this inspiring conversation!
TODAY WE WILL LEARN HOW TO
Find your artistic style and voice
Navigate working in-house for a company or freelance
Stay curious & create personal work
Know when it’s time to create another brand for your work
Move past fear and start your idea
TOP 10 HIGHLIGHTS
Stay curious, let yourself explore things, and don’t be so concerned about the outcome.
Make time for personal work. You can start small and let your ideas grow organically.
An artistic style is just someone who took the time to spend some time with themselves.
When you go to create something that you haven’t seen your favorite artists create, and you have to figure it out yourself – that’s when your real creative voice starts to come out.
If there is a new type of customer or audience you want to address and a new type of style you want to do, create a separate brand.
When things aren’t that bad but they aren’t great, you aren’t motivated to make a change. So when things are really bad – pay attention. It’s perhaps your time to do something different.
Once you stop making excuses, you really start to progress.
It’s better to be open and let people in than to judge people and close everyone off.
Be open and pursue what you want. What’s the worst that can happen?
Treat people well. It comes back to you in the weirdest ways.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Favorite quote by Maya Angelou – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Favorite quote by Alfred Alder – “It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”
Artist, Activist & Adventurer: Dan Eldon
Book: The Journey Is the Destination by Dan Eldon
Artist: Gary Baseman
Cartoonist: Gary Larson of The Far Side
Brent Watts of Struck Agency
FIND NATE WILLIAMS HERE
GET REAL – PONDERINGS TO PROPEL YOU FORWARD
What in your life is taking energy from you and how can you turn that around?