028 - Christina Thorpe, Junior Designer at Gupta Media

August 18, 2018

Christina is one of the hardest working designers I know, and able to learn new skills seemingly at will. She held a design position all through college while en route to graduating with Honors. Still not really sure how that’s possible...

Together, Christina and Mike talk the grind of job searching, how they spend their freetime in their post-graduate lives, and job responsibilities.

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Christina's info:

Instagram

Behance

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025 - Chris Lyons, Professor at RIT’s School of Design

July 15, 2018

Chris Lyons teaches an important class at RIT each year called Professional Practices, which explains how to job search, apply, present, build a portfolio, land the job, and negotiate salary in the Creative World. The class was a turning point in a massive number of Design Student’s careers (mine included). He is also an award winning illustrator and former Creative Director.

Together, Chris and Mike talk about design education, Chris's new online course he is offering to help recent grads find jobs, and competitiveness. 

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Chris's info:

Instagram

Portfolio Site

Creative Career Starter

 

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012 - Jesse Horning, Founder of Bucha Babe Kombucha

April 8, 2018

Jesse Horning is a multitalented individual based out of Rochester, NY. She holds a degree in Photo Journalism from RIT. She's won a Kick Boxing match, holds a blue belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and has worked night construction. She's lived in Tanzania, traveled Europe, and owns several motorcycles. Most recently, she started her own home-brew Kombucha business... [narrator voice] "She is... the most interesting woman in the world."

Together, Jesse and Mike talk about fighting, if college was worth it (and if it paid off), the lessons that traveling abroad teaches you, and EVERYTHING Kombucha.

Bucha Babe's info:

Instagram

Facebook

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(Mentioned) Empire Academy (10th Planet Rochester)'s info: 

Instagram

Website

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

 

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009 - Jay Fleckenstein, Designer at Virtue; & Laura Hoerner, Jr. Designer at Buzzfeed

March 18, 2018

Jay Fleckenstein and Laura Hoerner are two RIT Graphic Design graduates who are working at two of the most cutting-edge and newsworthy companies in NYC. Jay works for Virtue, formerly Carrot Creative, a VICE owned company that works on companies like Adult Swim and Smirnoff. Laura works for Buzzfeed, a news and pop culture company with shows like Tasty (the food of which she gets to try!). They met at RIT, and made the treck to the city together to live the agency life together.

Together, Jay, Laura and Mike talk about their respective job hunts, their current office environments, and advice for designers who are in school currently.

Laura's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

Buzzfeed Temptation's Cat Article (mentioned)

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Jay's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

Intro by: SUP?

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003 - Tori Bonagura, Interactive Designer at We Like Small

January 28, 2018

Tori Bonagura is a recent RIT Graphic Design graduate, who is always willing to take on the adventure of a new life in an unexplored city. She's worked and studied in cities like Austin, London, Rochester, and now Salt Lake City, and seems to always be down for adventure. 

Together,  Tori and Mike discuss personality types, being unemployed and the grind of job searching, and making the most of the city you live in. 

Tori's info:

Portfolio Website

Instagram

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About:

Ballpoint is a podcast by young creatives for young creatives. Hosted by Mike Burpoe and joined by friends and other creatives, we aspire to tell our experiences of breaking into the creative industry, with conversations of trial and (many) errors. Join us!

Intro by: SUP?

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