038 - Doc Ward part 2, Illustrator and Retired Art Teacher

December 16, 2018

The second half of episode 037, Mike and Doc discuss artistic journeys, him having to hire his own security guards for an event in a government building, and how he taught art to kids that didn't exactly want to learn.

This is the second half of the interview, you can listen to the first half in episode 037.

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Doc's info:

In The News

 
 
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037 - Doc Ward, Illustrator and Retired Art Teacher

December 2, 2018

John "Doc" Ward taught high school art for 30+ years, imparting not just lessons about art, painting, and sculpture, but lessons about never giving up, caring about the process, and not being afraid of failure.

When Mike decided to start this podcast, Doc was the first person he thought of wanting to have as a guest. Doc is constantly curious and full of stories about both art and life. 

This episode will be split between 2 parts since it's a little longer. Check back next Sunday for the second half!

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Doc's info:

In The News

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036 - Adam Schechter, UX Designer at CDM Princeton

November 4, 2018

Adam Schechter is a User Experience Designer at CDM Princeton. He recently just ran his first user testing session and learned a ton about research, design application and learning on the fly. It was awesome listening to someone that found a part of design that inspires them so much, and is excited to go out and improve.

Together, Adam and Mike talk user testing and research, implementing testing results, and adapting with your job changes.

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Adam's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

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035 - Keegan Ryan, Former Pro Irish League Basketball Player

October 14, 2018

After just two years of being out of college, Keegan has already experienced a pro sports career in the Irish Basketball League. He lived for 9 months in Ireland competing professionally and couched two youth teams, while getting his Masters. It's a unique story about where sports can take you.

Together, Keegan and Mike compare the drinking cultures between the US and Ireland, the playstyles, and youth slang. 

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Keegan's info:

Instagram

Slieve League Cliffs (Mentioned)

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034 - Margaret Sommers, Associate Product Designer at LendingClub

October 7, 2018

Margaret took a huge leap of faith this year and moved from East Coast to West Coast for a job after graduating from RIT, and it’s been an absolute adventure since!

Together, Margaret and Mike talk getting out of your comfort zone, making an impact as a young member of a company, and the "yes, and" tactic.

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Margaret's info:

Portfolio Site

LinkedIn

Instagram

Dribbble

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033 - Steve Kodis, Senior Designer at Zero Studios

September 30, 2018

Steve Kodis is the driving force behind the People’s Flag of Milwaukee, the effort to redesign and adopt a new flag for the City of Milwaukee. His story and flag was mentioned in the hugely popular TedTalk by Roman Mars "Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you've never noticed".

Together, Steve and Mike talk process, bringing a community together under a single design, and what you should do if you want to design and adopt a flag for YOUR city.

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Steve's info:

His Instagram

The Flag's Instagram

Portfolio

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Mentioned Bits:

Milwaukee Flag Project

Roman Mars' TedTalk about Flags

 

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032 - Farhaat Shaukat, Freelance Photographer in Bengaluru, India

September 23, 2018

Farhaat Shaukat, or Fuzz, is a semi-nomadic photographer with a wealth of experience. She has traveled the Middle East, United States, and India, and photographed the entire time. Her style is a great mix of photojournalism and street-lifestyle imagery that really gives a taste of the city she is currently in.

Together, Farhaat and Mike discuss visiting new cities, the cultural differences in living and photographing in the United States vs India, and what her next city is.

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Farhaat's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

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031 - Jo-Hannah, Hosts of the Aussie Grappling Girls Podcast

September 9, 2018

Jo-Hannah are two Australian grapplers who host the Aussie Grappling Girls Podcast, where the pair discuss all things Women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu each week. From competition mindset to Weight Cutting to what really bothers them as women in Jiu Jitsu, their podcast is a great source of information for women looking to get into the sport!

Together, Joh, Hannah, and Mike dive DEEP into jiu jitsu culture, things that get on their nerves, and what they've learned from hosting a podcast.

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Aussie Grappling Girls Podcast's info:

Listen Here

Instagram

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030 - Jason Frostholm, Host of the Creative South Podcast

September 1, 2018

Jason has had the unique experience of speaking with some of the world's most distinguished designers, and picking their brains on how they create. Mike has been a fan of his podcast for a while, and it was a privilege to be on the other end of the microphone.

Together, Jason and Mike talk about the pitfalls of upper-level design positions, podcast interviewing tips, and commonalities of young design life.

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Jason's info:

Listen Here

Instagram

Twitter

 

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029 - Michael Burpoe, Host of the Ballpoint Podcast

August 25, 2018

To switch things up a little, this week is a solo episode. With college starting again, Mike explains the tips and tricks he wish he had known going into each year of his design-school career.

He gives advice to a younger version of him, starting in highschool and continuing to the first year out of college. If you (or someone you know) falls into any of these years, listen up.

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Mike's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

The Moleskine sketchbooks I Use (Mentioned)

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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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027 - Fontaine Rittelmann, Digitech for Nike

August 11, 2018

When Fontaine is not out competing in OCR events, she is assisting as a Digitech for Nike as well as freelancing in Portland, OR. Her affinity for the sports world can be scene clearly in every image she posts, and how she talks about the process.

Together, Fontaine and Mike talk about the responsibilities of a Digitech, how she budgets with an uncertain schedule, and the various “atmospheres” a photo studio can take on depending on the lead photographer.

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Fontaine's info:

Instagram

Portfolio Website

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026 - Noe Alonzo, Photographer in Seoul, South Korea

July 22, 2018

Noe Alonzo is a photographer based in Seoul, South Korea, who is well known for his neon-noir/cyberpunk style depiction of Seoul’s streets and alleyways. His images are full of an ethereal energy that takes an ordinary street to the future!

Together, Noe and Mike talk about photographing in the rain, juggling a teaching career with photography, and what informs his work.

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Noe's info:

Instagram

Twitter

Website

Youtube

Society6 Prints 

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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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024 - Gabe Levitt, Tattoo Apprentice

July 8, 2018

Gabe Levitt is a tattoo apprentice in NYC who studied Illustration at RIT. He eventually found his way into working for Kas Tattoo in NYC, and spent several months setting up stations for other tattoo artists, practicing tattooing on fake skin, and eventually on himself. He now gives tattoos professionally as he continues his study at the shop.

In this episode Gabe shares some insider knowledge of the tattoo industry, what it's like giving a 9 hour tattoo, seeing other peoples blood, and explains why some trendy tattoos won't last that long.

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Gabe's info:

Instagram

Portfolio

Kas Tattoo Instagram

Kas Tattoo Site

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023 - Nick Longo, Design Professor and Podcaster

June 24, 2018

Nick is a Design Professor at CSUN and co-hosts the Deeply Graphic podcast as well as hosting the Creative Course Podcast. Oh yeah, and he founded his own design agency, Longo Designs Branding.

Together, Mike and Nick talk about Branding, Student Portfolios, and the actual difference between established designers and recent graduates.

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Nick's info:

Instagram

Twitter

Longo Designs Branding

Deeply Graphic Podcast

Design Course Podcast

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QuickBooks Accounting  (Mentioned)

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022 - Elijah Crocker, Comedian in NYC

June 17, 2018

Eli produces and hosts his own pop-up comedy show CMMNTY SRVC, is an active member in a million improve groups, and still finds time to get up and work his set at least a few times a week. 
He’s also friggen hilarious, in case you needed me to tell you that... 

Together, Eli and Mike talk about if college (even if you don't finish) is worth the lesson, the improv groups Eli is involved in, and who Eli's 3 favorite Comics are.

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Eli's info:

Instagram

CMMNTY SRVC (Eli's Show)

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021 - Lisa Castore, Freelance Designer in RI

June 10, 2018

Lisa Castore is a freelance designer out of Rhode Island, and a recent graduate of RIT's School of Design. While at RIT, Lisa worked on a student-run publication, called Positive Negative. This 100 page publication is a massive undertaking each year, and requires a huge amount of Creative Compromise. 

Together, Mike and Lisa talk about freelance networking, graduating in the Winter instead of the Summer, and helping set up a major publication's style-guide.

We also include two new jobs for the bulletin, a Frontend Developer and a UI/UX Designer.

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Lisa's info:

Linked In

Instagram

Website

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Positive Negative Issue 10 (Mentioned)

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020 - Mitch Goldstein, Professor at RIT’s School of Design

June 3, 2018

Time Stamps:
[1:10 - Bulletin] [1:50 - Freshmen Designer] [5:30 - Photogram Series] [13:00 - Care to Learn] [17:20 - Mike's Grading System Idea] [20:10 - Critiques] [30:00 - Freshmen vs. Junior Designers] [36:50 - Why Podcast] [38:09 - Wrap it up, Why Design School] [43:40 - Bulletin]
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Mitch is a professor at RIT’s School of Design, Twitter personality, professional designer, RISD graduate, the creator of “Folks” (Font Jokes), and the reason I started this podcast in the first place. He and his partner/wife's work have been recognized widely by the design community, and his silver photogram exploratory series is one of the best things on Instagram (humble opinion).

Together, Mitch and Mike talk about Art School critiques and their value, grading, and the difference between Freshmen and Junior design students.

We also introduce the new Ballpoint Jobs Bulletin. More info on that in the episode.

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Mitch's info:

Twitter

Instagram

Website

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Elliot Earl's Video Podcast (Mentioned)

Chappell Ellison (Mentioned)

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019 - Ferran Talarn, Professional Classical Guitarist

May 27, 2018

I was lucky to meet Ferran while living in Barcelona, but didn’t know that he was a world-class Professional guitarist until several months after. Recently, he placed in the Top 5 in an International Guitar competition in Germany, with competitors from all over the world flying in to compete.

Together, Ferran and Mike talk about classical guitar playing, competitions, and the state of the Catalan Independence movement.

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Ferran's info:

Website

Youtube

Twitter

Instagram

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018 - Tori Hinn, Freelance Designer in NYC

May 20, 2018

Tori graduated from RISD and has worked at a few different design agencies, most recently Google Creative Labs. While at RISD, her Senior projected centered around the disparity in discussion and study of Men vs Women in the design world. Her research led her to launch the site Women of Graphic Design (WOGD), a curated collection of design work by women!

Together, Tori and Mike talk about the dive into Freelancing, the NYC Design Agency lifestyle, and the site she founded: Women of Graphic Design.

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Tori's info:

Twitter

Instagram

Desk Lunch's info (Mentioned):

Website

Instagram

Twitter

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017 - Nick Bayruns, Equipment Manager at Dartmouth Athletics

May 12, 2018

Nick Bayruns formerly held a work study position as the St Lawrence University Men's Hockey Team equipment manager, and managed to turn the temporary position into a lasting career that he hopes to take as far as he can. His story is an excellent reminder of what can be accomplished when passion and work ethic are combined.

Together, Nick and Mike talk about how Nick got his first student job at St Lawrence, why college Hockey players always seem to be so old, and listen to one of Nick's favorite roadtrip bus stories.

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Nick's info:

Twitter

Instagram

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016 - Peter Miles, Junior Software Engineer at Reside

May 6, 2018

Peter took a non-traditional route to being a software engineer and went to a coding bootcamp instead of a 4-year college. While there he learned all the skills he needed in order to be a successful developer, in only a fraction of the time.

Together, Peter and Mike talk about developer mindset, Bootcamps vs College, and "Unicorns".

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Peter's info:

Twitter

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015 - Julie Campbell, Presentation Designer at Facebook

April 29, 2018

Julie Campbell currently is contracted as a Presentation Designer at Facebook. She has been featured on the front page of Giphy and curates one of the most visually impactful Instagram feeds out there (seriously, go look).

Together, Julie and Mike talk about being a contracted designer, work/life balance, and if what you get out of going to design school is up to par with being around design school.

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Jewlybead's info:

Instagram

Giphy Account (So cool)

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014 - Noah Chrysler, The RIT Newsman

April 21, 2018

Noah Chrysler is a Senior at RIT, who, alongside Co-Founder Oscar Estrada has turned a love of YouTube into the home for a larger than life personality that showcases student life events around the campus of RIT. Needless to say, the RIT Newsman wasn’t born overnight, and has required an extraordinary amount of time and dedication to be where it is today.

Together, Noah and Mike talk about Noah’s recent trip to RIT’s Croatia campus, online followings and metrics, and what to do with a persona after you graduate.

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The RIT Newsman's info:

Facebook

Youtube

Instagram

 

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013 - Liz Wells, User Experience Designer at Stink Studios

April 15, 2018

Liz Wells is a user experience designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work combines her background in graphic design with technology and user-centered design thinking. Liz is currently working at Stink Studios, where she is responsible for all phases of the UX process, from concepting and information architecture to wireframing and prototyping.

In 2017, Liz was a finalist for the Young Guns 15 award by the The One Club for Creativity/ADC. She has a passion for raising the voices of women and non-binary people in the workplace. She and a coworker recently started Desk Lunch, a newsletter for people to share their experiences of working in the creative industry.

Together, Liz and Mike talk about the ideal make up of a portfolio, internships and their (sometimes confusing) value, and Liz's passion project, Desk Lunch, and her plans for it.

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Liz's info:

Portfolio

Instagram

Twitter

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About Desk Lunch:

Website

Instagram

Twitter

Co-Founder Katie Puccio Instagram

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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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011 - Julianne Burke, Interface Designer at Helios Interactive

April 1, 2018

Julianne Burke is an RIT graduate who has made the move cross-country to San Francisco to work for Helios Interactive, a Freeman owned company. Julianne has worked on some really cool projects, including a wearable tech project, Ambio. This project helped loved ones stay connected when they were appart by wearing a moodring-esque object that would gather data from the user's biometrics (voice, heart rate, etc.) and display that mood to the partner by way of a color indicator. 

Together, Julianne and Mike talk about the move out west, what a normal day in the life of a designer is like, and a few passion projects that she has explored.

Julianne's info:

Twitter

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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010 - Amber Vittoria, Freelance Designer in NYC

March 25, 2018

Amber Vittoria is a Young Guns 15, and her work has been recognized by Print Magazine‘s 2017 New Visual Artists – 15 Under 30, It’s Nice ThatComputer ArtsHuffPostTeen Vogue, and Man Repeller. Some of her clients include The New York TimesTeen VogueMan RepellerRefinery29, Medium, Saks Fifth Avenue, Adidas, 7 For All Mankind, CB2, Framebridge, Amazon Fashion, Under Armour, and Interscope Records. (via her portfolio bio). 

Amber is a freelance illustrator based in NYC. After having worked in a NYC design agency, she made the huge leap to go out on her own and solo freelance.

Together, Amber and Mike talk about making the leap from Design Agency life to solo freelancing, if competetiveness is nature or nurture, and social media marketing for designers. 

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Amber's info:

Instagram

TicTail Shop

Portfolio

Feature Article in "It's Nice That"

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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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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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008 - Jessica Kemp, Stage Management Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville

March 11, 2018

Jessica Kemp is a Stage Management Apprentice, who tackles the daunting task of being the "Swiss Army Knife" to every task around a stage. She just wrapped production of the play Little Bunny Foo Foo, yes, like from the children's song...

Together, Jessica and Mike talk about how to deal with people in high stress environments, what it's like to enter college and suddenly be surrounded by people who may be better than you, and what the point of this podcast even is.

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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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007 - Mike Lynch, Interactive Developer at Sapient Razorfish

March 4, 2018

Mike Lynch walked the fine line between Game Design major and Computer Science major, giving him a very unique understanding and approach to user experience. Now as an Interactive Developer, he prioritizes accountability for his team, and draws on his experience in Tech Support to understand the spectrum of emotions a user can feel at any given moment.

Together, Mike and Mike talk about the "Theme" to each year of college as a Developer, raising $250,000 on Kick Starter, and what advice he would give to a Developer entering college.

Mike's info:

Git Hub

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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006 - Tom Winegar, Lead Guitar + Vocalist for SuP? the Band

February 25, 2018

Tom Winegar is as close to the modern day Van Wilder as you can get. When good fortune placed him and bassist Josh Bassig in the same dorm room, the two took full advantage by forming the alt-rock band SuP? and start bringing the college party scene to life. Four years later, SuP? has become a well known name around the RIT campus, and have performed at the County Fair, Imagine RIT, and their legendary monthly parties at their house. (They even played our intro!)

Together, Tom and Mike talk about utilizing the party scene to attract crowds to play for, scaling their opperations, and learning the guitar. 

SuP's info:

SoundCloud

Band Website

Facebook

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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005 - Adam Antalek, Editor In Chief at Floated Magazine

February 11, 2018

When Adam Antalek was approached by a friend about starting a Fashion Magazine, he was hesitant. However, as the idea evolved to less main stream topics, topics Adam was very much interested in, he couldn't resist. He and friend Krit Upra launched Floated Magazine, an Alternative Culture magazine focusing on the city of Rochester, NY and topics he felt the public needed to hear about. Since its conception, Floated has released 3 issues and grown in popularity and visibility in the Rochester and NYC scene. 

Together, Adam and Mike talk about collaborating with other creatives, letting a single topic define you as a person, and if Alternative Culture even exists...  

Adam's info:

Portfolio Website

Instagram

Floated Magazine's Site

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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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004 - Sarah Ingerick, Junior Designer at Gupta Media

February 4, 2018

Sarah Ingerick is a RIT Graphic Design graduate who has paired her love of music with graphic design by acquiring a job at Gupta Media. Sarah's can-do attitude has allowed her to work on some exciting projects for Gupta. These include creating social media posts for a few of her favorite bands, material for The Grammys (!!!), and music videos for songs I am sure you have listened to.

Together, Sarah and Mike talk about passion, passion projects, and staying motivated so that everyday is as exciting as the last!  

Sarah's info:

Portfolio Website

Instagram

Pinterest (It's really good!)

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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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002 - Nick Biagioni, UX Research + Service Designer at EY

January 21, 2018

Nick "Bia" Biagioni is a constantly curious UX Researcher for the world reknowned company, EY (formerly Ernst & Young). Bia seems to always have a project in his sights. Completing  marathons, becoming a homeless vagabond in NYC for a Summer, undergoing an Ironman race with no real training, and soon leaving for Asia on sabatical, there is always something cooking in Bia's kitchen.

Together,  Bia and Mike discuss Creative Team formats, the future of UX, and if Amazon is listening in. 

Bia's info:

Medium Profile

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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001 - Jess Cook, Visual Designer at Frog

January 14, 2018

Jess Cook is an Upstate New York native who graduated from RIT's Graphic Design program in 2017. She now works for Frog, a design agency in NYC, as a Visual and UX Designer. 

Together, Jess and Mike talk about the hiring process at Frog, what she does to keep her inspiration "Gas Tank" full, and acknowledging that we all make mistakes. 

Jess's info:

Portfolio 

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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