I started Lovably, an independent multidisciplinary design studio, and made Claye, an experimental pop album.
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
I have always and continue to dedicate nearly all of my attention to my work. If I do not execute and see my ideas through to reality, I have nobody to blame but myself.
How do you stand out in your field?
In my design work, a consistent respect for my clients and their time is very important. My clients are busy professionals who deserve a direct and thoughtful work process.
In my music work, my refusal to be pigeonholed into a single genre or be held hostage to an audience (or lack there of). When I started releasing music, I was making second-rate adolescent pop music, gained a humble following, and then two years later scared them all away with a progressive rock album about journalism.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I am continuing to cautiously grow Lovably into a small but world-class design studio. I personally take on about 50 client projects per year, in addition dozens of subscription clients who are on retainer. I am also working on my fourth and fifth albums.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
Confident, thoughtful, honest design.
WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?
Since starting Lovably, I have found it particularly hard to see my musical ideas through to a completed album. I am currently working (on nights and weekends) to change this.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
Improvements to the client on boarding process, which I am always working on. My work on the two albums previously mentioned, as always, is rather infuriating.
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
Tackle some of the Squarespace work so that I can spend more time improving and growing the studio.
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
Never mess with the past.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
Hiring, finding affordable studio space, and getting leads.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Being a multidisciplinary design studio, Lovably is always open to branding, web, print work, etc.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
I adore working with interior designers and architects. We just get each other.
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
$150 per hour. Websites start at $4,000. Branding starts at $6,000.
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
Send a friendly email to email@example.com.
HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?
This member profile was originally published in June 2018.