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Career Day: Katie Evans

November’s Career Day speaker is Katie Evans. Katie is a Brooklyn-based artist working in web, print, products, visual, and social media. In case you missed her introduction last week, read more about her info here.

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Hi Drifter & the Gypsy readers. Here are the responses. Thanks for including me! - Katie

How has being a multifaceted artist benefited you?

I never planned on wearing a variety of hats but I’m so glad it happened. Since I work in so many channels (print, visual, digital, and social) I’m able to think and work 360 which makes me a more valuable asset on a team. Eventually I would like to just concentrate on perfecting one area but for now I’m still learning a lot so I’m keeping all doors open.

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How do you enjoy working for big companies like Gap and Kate Spade? Do you feel like your identity still shines through when you design for companies other than your own?

I’ve worked for big and small teams but so far the smaller ones have been the most rewarding. Our team at Kate Spade was really small so I was able to work on a wide range of projects which helped me become multifaceted. I learned pretty quickly what path I wanted to take and which ones I wasn’t feeling. Gap is gigantic. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how big we are. The bonus of being big is that your teams are bigger so you can accomplish more faster and sometimes at a bigger scale. I think that’s pretty cool. They both have their positives and negatives.

I don’t feel like my identity shines through in my corporate work but that’s okay. It’s not about me, it’s about the brand. That’s another reason why I started freelancing so that I could produce work the way I wanted to and develop my own style.

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Career Day – November 2013

I’m excited to announce November’s Career Day speaker is Katie Evans. I first discovered Katie through the illustrations she created for Bri’s advice column series, and then discovered she does MUCH more than make illustrations.

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Here’s a bit about her…

Hey! My name is Katie Evans and I live in Brooklyn, New York. During the day I design the windows and store creative for Gap. On my nights and weekends I’m a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. My freelance clients are large and small and all over the world. I work on web, print, products, visual and social media. At Gap I’m responsible for coming up with the seasonal look and feel for the men’s, women’s, body and fit windows. I’ve also worked with the talented teams at Kate Spade New York, Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm. My career has taken me on a lot of paths and so far my favorite has been digital design. I look forward to your questions!

Do you have questions for Katie to answer about her gig at Gap, her commercial work, her personal work, her personal life, etc.? Send them all over (don’t worry; they’ll all be completely anonymous) for Katie to answer at careerday@drifterandthegypsy.com by Friday, November 15th. Katie will be here next Tuesday, November 19th to answer your questions and talk more about her work and her life! So get cracking on asking some questions!

Psst if you’re new to Career Day, pop over here to view the archives and learn just how this feature works!

Career Day: Sophie of Free People

July’s Career Day speaker is from one of my favorite brands: Free People. I remember having discovered the Free People in middle school and falling in love with the brand. It was such a privilege to be able to connect with an employee of the brand and get a behind the scenes look at the Free People brand.

Hi, I’m Sophie, the Creative Merchandising Director at Free People. I gave a little background on my duties in the previous post if you’re interested in seeing what my day-to-day entails. I’m excited to be back on The Drifter and the Gypsy today to answer some of the questions you all left for me. You had some really great inquiries, so let’s dive into it…

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How did you first come aquatinted with the Free People brand?

I had seen Free People product on the ASOS website and knew about if from shopping at the U.S. Free People stores. I was a buyer in the fashion industry for a long time before I moved here, so I was aware of the brand for quite a while.

Have you always worked for the free people brand or did you work for other Urban Outfitters brands, such as Anthrpologie or Urban Outfitters?

Only Free People – it’s where my heart lies and I moved to the U.S. to work here.

First of all, I would like to day, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Free People. This is more of a personal question: Who are your favourite artist(s)?

I love color, so Peter Blake is a modern favourite and Gustav Klimt for true beauty.

Sophie’s workspace:

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career day: sophie of free people - drifter and the gypsy blog

Where did you go to college and what did you study to get into the field you are involved in now?

I went to the London College of Fashion and studied business and fashion management. It had specialist classes for merchandising, buying and marketing so it was a nice rounded experience to get a sense of the best career for me once I graduated.

How does the creative process work when creating photo shoots for Free People? ie. How does FP come up with the concept (who comes up with the concept?) and in general how long does it take for a shoot to come to fruition, from concept to release?

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Career Day – July

July’s Career Day speaker is Sophie, the Creative Merchandising Director at one of my favorite brands: Free People.

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Here’s a bit about what Sophie does:

As the Creative Merchandising Director at Free People, my job is to work on all aspects of merchandising the Free People brand, bringing the product together in the most
inspirational and brand appropriate way. From product featured in our catalogs to store trend concepts, styling inspiration, emails, and creating strong website imagery, merchandising means collaborating with everyone! We support each other and are passionate about the end product, whether it’s a new jacket lining, an idea for an email, the new color of a best-selling t-shirt, or a glamorous catalog shoot with a famous model – every aspect of my job inspires me to be here, loving what I do, each and every day.

Hellooo dream job alert, right??

Do you have questions for Sophie to answer about Free People, her personal life, etc.? Now it’s YOUR turn! Send them all over (don’t worry; they’ll all be completely anonymous) for Sophie to answer at careerday@drifterandthegypsy.com by Friday, June 21st. Sophie will be here next Monday, July 1st to answer your questions and talk more about her work and her life!

Psst if you’re new to Career Day, pop over here to view the archives and learn just how this feature works!

Career Day: Jo Walker

Here’s this month’s Career Day, featuring Jo Walker, editor of Frankie Magazine. I discovered Frankie when I first got into blogging a few years ago. Although based in Australia, they recently started selling Frankie in the US, which makes me very, very happy.

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Hi there, I’m Jo Walker – editor at Frankie Magazine in Australia. If you’ve not heard of us before, you can see a bit of what we do on our website, frankie.com.au, but my main job is overseeing the publication itself, and we publish six issues a year. A big cheer for everyone who sent through questions. I’ve tried to answer them as best I can – hopefully you’ll find the answers a bit inspiring, or at least entertaining!

What did you study in university-if you went-that helped you the most/is currently helpful to you in your career?

I started (and dropped out of) a few different degrees before ending up with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English Lit, and then a Postgrad Diploma in Journalism. Most of the stuff I use day-to-day comes from postgrad. Feature writing, of course, and – even though I didn’t enjoy it as much at the time – news writing are really important. Oddly, though, when I’m writing a story, I think back to things from high school. My history teacher was a bit of a slavedriver at making us write essays really fast, which has been helpful. And also, when I was prepping for senior exams, my dad gave me a good piece of advice: RTQ. Which stands for ‘read the question’! It’s a useful thing to keep in mind when writing stories: is each sentence I write addressing the main point of the story? Is it answering the question? Whether that question is ‘who is this musician and why do I care?’, or ‘what is this product and what do I need to know about it?’, or ‘why did this historical thing happen and what does it mean today?’ RTQ!

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In life we are often told to pick our battles, SO: at what point do you concede/put aside/toss a vision or a piece you and your team have worked on? When do you keep fighting?
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Career Day – April

April’s Career Day speaker is Jo Walker, editor of one of my very favorite magazines (and quite arguably one of the loveliest magazines known to mankind), Frankie Magazine.

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A few words from Jo:

Hello! I live in Melbourne and edit Frankie Magazine, working half the week from our office and half the week from home. I started freelancing for Frankie from their first issue and many years later got invited back to run the whole thing, which was very lucky and exciting. I love my job and the team I work with. Our jobs are quite full-on, but we have always make time to have a laugh!

Do you have questions for Jo to answer about Frankie Magazine, her personal life, etc.? Now it’s YOUR turn! Send them all over (don’t worry; they’ll all be completely anonymous) for Jo to answer at careerday@drifterandthegypsy.com by Friday, April 26th. Jo will be here next Tuesday, April 30th to answer your questions and talk more about her work and her life!

Psst if you’re new to Career Day, pop over here to view the archives and learn just how this feature works!

Career Day: Au Revoir Simone

As mentioned last week, this month’s Career Day guest speakers are the 3 lovely ladies who make up the band Au Revoir Simone: Heather D’Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard), Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), and Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard). I first discovered Au Revoir Simone in high school and have been listening to their music ever since.

Hi everyone! We’re Au Revoir Simone, a Brooklyn indie pop trio. We formed in 2003 and took our name from a line in Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. We’re happy to be here today on Drifter & the Gypsy talking about our life and answering your questions. We hope you enjoy what we have to say!

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How did you all meet/what made you want to form Au Revoir Simone?

Erika: I wanted to start this band because I was taking keyboard lessons at the time (2003) and my favorite part of the lesson was the “jam” at the end of the lesson when my teacher and I would just decide on some chords and play freely for a while. I wanted more of that in my life and I also had a growing interest in old synths and keyboards, so I invited the girls over for an informal after-work keyboard club, which eventually became our band.

Annie: I met Erika because she played keyboard in my boyfriend’s band, Dirty On Purpose. We went on a wild weekend trip with some friends and took an even wilder trip back to New York together alone. It was an epic journey that involved an unhinged, racist friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend driver, wildly running through a Boston train station to catch a 3-minute layover, and talking for hours about music. How can you NOT form a band after that?

Heather: I first saw Erika across a Williamsburg bar in 2003 and had an instant girl crush on her Jem-and-the-Holograms-esque vibe. She told me she was starting a keyboard club, I happened to have an extra Casio, and the rest was history.

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career day: au revoir simone - drifter and the gypsy blog

How long did it take you since you formed Au Revoir Simone before you got signed with a record company?

Erika: It felt pretty quick. We recorded demos to get booked for shows so when someone (in Japan no less!) contacted us about releasing our music it was so exciting! The next time I can remember being as excited was when Air asked us to open for them on their European tour.

Annie: I think it was about a year and a half or so. I think we had recorded four songs for a demo to get more shows, then at about the same time, a Japanese label called Rallye asked to put out a record, so we had to record four more to make it a proper album. In the process of that, I was working an office job, and I vividly remember answering my phone at work and it was Stephen Bass, who runs Moshi Moshi Records in London, reprimanding me for not answering his emails about a record deal. Shortly thereafter, I took a plane to SXSW and a band from England called The Magic Numbers sat next to me and told me Moshi Moshi was actually legit and we should definitely sign with them. I wonder if sat next to a band from any other country, would be as popular as we are today, since Moshi Moshi really launched our careers and gave us credibility beyond what our demo CD could provide. We did some shows in Iceland and the UK before Rallye brought us to do a Japan tour. I decided enough was enough and quit my job and went to hang out in India afterwards. I think at that point I finally believed I was in a real band.

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