HOW DID YOU DISCOVER ADHESIVE? WHAT DREW YOU TO THE ORGANIZATION?
JENNA: Who doesn’t know about ADHESIVE?! In all seriousness, several years ago there was already buzz in Boston about ADHESIVE NYC. Many Bostonians would board the Amtrak to attend. I was drawn in by the opportunity to network socially (and not just IG!) with folks from all facets of our industry.
LAUREN: Jenna told me about ADHESIVE when I moved to Boston in 2012 and I have been following their crafty emails and social media for several years, trying to make it down to NYC for an ADHESIVE event but often just missing the boat by a few days due to work schedules. I have been involved in The Ad Club of Boston community since moving here, through membership and events. While I love making connections throughout my industry (advertising), I am excited to help expand networking opportunities to beyond the ad industry to the larger creative community in Boston and throughout New England.
WHY ADHESIVE BOSTON? WHY NOW?
JENNA: Boston has a thriving creative industry and I'm so excited that we'll finally have a reason to all come together, once a month! We all survived this epic New England winter and now it’s time to get out and mingle.
LAUREN: Since I can’t seem to make the stars align to attend an event in NYC, it’s a great opportunity to bring the show to us in New England! There’s no better time than after a long, hard winter to get Boston creatives out and get them social… time to release those long-hibernating ideas and let them blossom into our long-overdue Spring.
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE ADHESIVE BOSTON POP-UP EVENTS?
JENNA: This is a much-needed opportunity for like-minded creatives to meet each other. Collaborate, commiserate, make a new friend! We hope to see creatives from all departments: art producers, art directors, creative directors, photographers, photo assistants, stylists, digital techs, retouchers…
LAUREN: I hope that ADHESIVE Boston grows into a no-pressure, take-a-load-off-after-work event where creatives can finally fulfill that “let’s get drinks” promise (see article) to each other – a monthly recharge-your-battery session where people leave and say to themselves, “Can’t wait ‘til next month.”
WHAT ARE YOUR INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONS? HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK TODAY?
JENNA: I am an artist representative working with commercial photographers, on both the east and west coasts. In a previous lifetime, I was a photo editor (for National Geographic Traveler magazine and The Nature Conservancy). I think that experience gives me a unique perspective on artist representation. I relish in the creative process of portfolio edits and as much as I love the intricacies of pricing and negotiating jobs. Best of all, I am meeting new creatives nearly every day and I feel incredibly lucky to represent two immensely talented photographers.
LAUREN: I am a Producer for Staples’ in-house advertising agency, managing two internal photo studios as well as all external commissioned photo shoots. I have worked throughout the photo industry on many sides, working my way from editorial photography at National Geographic to commercial photography most recently at Staples. In between I have been a photo editor, photo researcher, photographer’s representative and production manager. I think my experience across all of these roles has given me a unique and holistic view of the industry as a whole. Being able to balance my right brain love for creative flexibility/ inspiration with my left brain desire to be a problem-solver/people pleaser has led me to work across several different industries within the photography world. My love for travel and adventure has taken my career through the travel & entertainment industry, and moving to Boston has given me an unparalleled opportunity within the advertising industry.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE INSTRUMENTAL TO YOUR SUCCESS?
JENNA: I have to give so much credit to the two photographers I represent. Their talent and partnership makes my job easy. Susan Seubert shoots lifestyle imagery, worldwide, and Boston-based, Kristin Teig, shoots food. You can see their work at: http://www.sseubert.com/ and http://www.kristinteig.com.
I got my feet wet in this industry as a member of the photo editing team at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Our Director of Photography, Dan Westergren was the consummate first boss and I learned so much during my time there.
And, lastly, I must thank that stuffy high school guidance counselor who told me “you just can’t make a living in photography.” No other, more ridiculous, comment has ever propelled me farther!
LAUREN: Honestly one of the most important and pivotal people in my career has been Jenna Teeson! She was my very first manager at National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, DC, and was the reason I picked up and moved to New England over 3 years ago for a new professional opportunity. Little did we know that 10 years and 500 miles away from Nat Geo HQ, the tables would turn and I would be hiring her photographers on a regular basis! Not only have we maintained a great professional relationship over the years and miles, but we have also become wonderful friends. It’s a real testament to keeping in touch with your professional network! You never know who you are might meet at an event who could change the course of your life/career forever. My second year Organic Chemistry professor at UVA… for without his harder-than-life, over-my-head exams and rigorous reading schedule, I may have continued on the pre-med path and become the pediatrician I once aspired to be… instead of being exposed to all the creative people of the world! My mom and dad. I know, I know… the old mom and dad answer. But really, I wouldn’t have stretched my wings and believed in myself if I had not had their support every step of the way. Moving away from your family and all of your friends for a new job is a challenge, but when you know you’ve got cheerleaders rooting for your success on the sidelines, it makes the process much more doable!
SAVE THE DATE FOR #ADHESIVEBOSTON!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
105 Water St, Boston, MA
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