Justin

Visual Designer
Brooklyn, NY
$ 57.00
/ hour
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Raised in southeast US, my twin sister and I were lone companions throughout constant relocation. As an adult I orbited fashion. A magazine internship kicked off a decade in the industry. But I thought being a vehicle for others' artistry was as good as being an artist. I was blindly searching until the pandemic inspired a pivot. While completing coursework in design, I expected technical mastery to inspire confidence. What I found was more personal: my inner creative self.

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Work Experience
Surface Magazine
Multimedia Content Director
Jan 2020–June 2020
New York, NY
Ferdinando Verderi, Creative Director
Bookings Director for Vogue Italia
June 2019–December 2019
New York, NY and Milan, Italy
W Magazine, Condé Nast
Senior Visuals Editor
Jan 2020–June 2020
New York, NY
University

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Skills

2020 520+ hour certification in Graphic Design from the Shillington School of Graphic DesignPADI Advanced Open Water certified SCUBA diver

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Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words

I know how to mobilize. I am a relentless advocate; I will never choose personal effectiveness over team. I prioritize balance between satisfaction and completion. I’ve learned to stay confident in my abilities but know to apologize for mistakes from overconfidence. In all I do, I strive to stay eager.

Give us your bio in under 500 words

Raised in southeast US, my twin sister and I were lone companions throughout constant relocation. As an adult I orbited fashion. A magazine internship kicked off a decade in the industry. But I thought being a vehicle for others' artistry was as good as being an artist. I was blindly searching until the pandemic inspired a pivot. While completing coursework in design, I expected technical mastery to inspire confidence. What I found was more personal: my inner creative self.

1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

The most courageous I’ve ever felt was leaving a job—one at the end of a line of very similar jobs—that was prestigious but brought so much personal distress. It took identifying my values (trust, autonomy, purpose) and calling out the misalignment with the job at hand to finally leave. I imagined in quitting, though, I was naming my own weaknesses. I know that’s not true now and better yet know how to choose the right jobs. Giving into the creative process, however, seems to require bravery every single time.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

I think innovation and creativity both grow out of boredom, a dissatisfaction with the status quo. Practicing both requires imagining something that does not exist yet and experimentation to bring that into fruition. This is incredibly scary because experimentation involves failing. Setting oneself up to fail is a hugely vulnerable state and to turn into that and come out the other side is a feat of endurance and perseverance.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

Creativity without clarity is a dance around purpose. Why rely only on happenstance? I think it would be like driving at night down a dark road without headlights. It is not worth the risk. Don't make things harder than they have to be.

4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?

If I’m at home, I read a book. If I’m in the city, I browse a bookstore.

5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?

My closest friends are almost exclusively female. If there is one problem worthy of my whole life, it would be figuring out how to make them feel safe. I feel so privileged for how much more freely I can walk around in the world than them, and I want to figure out how to reshape the world so they can live more securely in it.

6. Explain your creative process

I am a dweller. I like to sit inside of the problem so the solution doesn’t seem forced but rather inevitable. I look at other things, often unrelated—trying to form links in unexpected places. I dislike research that is rehearsed, preferring hunger and intuition to provide direction. In execution, I draw from sources of inspiration from fine art, science, books I’m reading, magazine articles I’ve saved. I love word association and brain mapping, any use of a thesaurus.

7. What is the best advice that you have been given?

A favorite professor lived by “Ask for forgiveness not permission.” While I think that’s a reckless approach to life, in the pursuit of art, those are words to live by. With them, I am less afraid. In life, I return over and over again to “Read widely and speak respectfully.” Exposure to lots of different things opens opportunities for connections both conceptually and with other people. Plus politeness makes it easier to ask for more than you think you deserve when you are still afraid.

8. What is your definition of creativity?

I think creativity is looking inward and combining what you find there with external influences and materials to generate new solutions and expressions.

9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?

“Vincent” by Don MacLean “The Knife” by Maggie Rogers “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” by The 1975 “Delete Forever” by Grimes “Colder & Closer” by TOPS “Everything I Am Is Yours” by Villagers “Cheap Queen” by King Princess “The Beast” by Angus & Julia Stone “Always Let U Down” by Blood Orange “Guns & Synths” by Kelela

10. How do you want people to remember you?

I take quick, deep interest in the expertise, learnings, and explorations of new friends and try to ask meaningful questions of engagement, so I would be humbled—and I dare hope—if after meeting we feel inspired or, at the very least, a little more sure of our individual capabilities and the possibilities. Simply, I hope the other person feels heard and seen.

Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.

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You should select me because

I know how to mobilize. I am a relentless advocate; I will never choose personal effectiveness over team. I prioritize balance between satisfaction and completion. I’ve learned to stay confident in my abilities but know to apologize for mistakes from overconfidence. In all I do, I strive to stay eager.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

Bio

Raised in southeast US, my twin sister and I were lone companions throughout constant relocation. As an adult I orbited fashion. A magazine internship kicked off a decade in the industry. But I thought being a vehicle for others' artistry was as good as being an artist. I was blindly searching until the pandemic inspired a pivot. While completing coursework in design, I expected technical mastery to inspire confidence. What I found was more personal: my inner creative self.

You should pick me becuase

I know how to mobilize. I am a relentless advocate; I will never choose personal effectiveness over team. I prioritize balance between satisfaction and completion. I’ve learned to stay confident in my abilities but know to apologize for mistakes from overconfidence. In all I do, I strive to stay eager.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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