December 10, 2013

The Pratt Sketchbook Biennial

The semester's winding down, projects and papers are being finished up, and we're feeling like our creative juices have been depleted.  Perhaps now, more than any other time of the school year, it's imperative that we creative types find an outlet void of pressure, yet filled with inspiration.  The Pratt Sketchbook Biennial is exactly that.    

In October 2013, Pratt's Center for Career and Professional Development launched the 2nd Pratt Sketchbook Biennial, a project focused on community and art. But this year's theme has a twist.  From now until the end of Spring the Pratt Sketchbook will function as a sketchbook relay, where groups of artists, writers, designers, and creatives from the Pratt Community come together and collaborate to fill sketchbooks generously donated by Strathmore Artist Papers.  Participants check out sketchbooks in 2 week intervals, fill them with anything they'd like, from collage to notes to sketches, and then return the sketchbook for another participant to check out.  Participants can sign up with a predetermined team, or work in a random sketchbook that will be passed around throughout the course of the project.    

The following are examples of work students and faculty members have already contributed.

Associate Director, Center for Career and Professional Development, Pratt Institute

Carolina Walters, Architecture, 2017

Carolina Walters, Architecture, 2017

Haele Wolfe, Writing, 2014

Haele Wolfe, Writing, 2014

Check out the Pratt Sketchbook tumblr to see more work.  If you are interested in participating in the project, learn more here, or drop by the Center for Career and Professional Development, on Pratt's Main Campus, East Hall 001.  

The Pratt Sketchbook Biennial will come to a close in Spring 2014.  All of the sketchbooks will then be put on exhibition at the Center for Career and Professional Development.



November 19, 2013

Students @ Work with Betsy Peterschmidt

By Britt Gettys
Photos Courtesy of Britt Gettys and Betsy Peterschmidt 


Betsy Peterschmidt at her NYCC booth.
“Name: Betsy Peterschmidt.  Major: Illustration.  Year: Senior… That depresses me,” jokes Betsy Peterschmidt.  Situated at her Artist Alley booth at New York Comic Con (NYCC), surrounded by a myriad of cosplayers and comic-enthusiasts, all checking out the numerous prints and mini comic books Betsy’s selling, it’s hard to picture the quirky illustrators as actually being unenthused about graduation.  Or, perhaps Betsy has just found a productive way of channeling her nerves.  After all, she’s come to NYCC with the goal of securing her occupation as an illustrator, before graduating.  She’s a working girl with a working plan of action.  

“I’m promoting myself, and it’s been a great experience,” she says.  “I was here last year too, but this year has been more wild.  I’ve been able to get up from the booth more, now that I have Kevin, my booth babe,” she jokes, gesturing towards her boyfriend and collaborator.  “I’ve been going up to the show floor, trying to make friends, networking with Simon and Schuster and Dark Horse.  I'm interning at Green Willow books, an imprint of Harper Collins, and Sylvie Le Floch, the art director I'm working with there is here today, so I’ve been hanging with her too, meeting some very sweet, nice people.”

While she’s able to get up and go around the Con more this year, she still spends the majority of her time working at her booth.  Yet, it’s not boring for Betsy.  She’s constantly engaging herself with people passing by, stopping cosplayers to take their photos (notables being a Hipster Pocahontas, and a Jedi Mulan). “I get so annoyed with people who are trying too hard to sell their work,” she says.  “I want to engage with people, let them know that I know they’re here, looking at my work, but not try too hard to make a sale.  I don’t want to pressure people to buy things or sign up for a commission.”

It’s a strategy that works well for Betsy.  Minutes after Jedi Mullan walks by, she’s back to talk with Betsy more, this time asking for a water colored commission of her Jedi Mulan character.

“It’ll be done in 45 minutes,” Betsy tells the girl with a smile, already pulling out her watercolor pad and paints.
           
“Thanks!,” says Jedi Mullan.  “Your work is flawless!”

"Look at all this sweet art!"
Selling small commissions in house is a common thing in the NYCC artist alley, and one Betsy excels at.  “I’ve been mostly doing commissions here,” she says, gesturing towards the list of clients she’s taken on over the Con weekend.  “I make sure to give myself some buffer space though, because I’ll also mingle with people as I work.”

Aside from commissions, Betsy is selling a variety of her other works, including fantasy art prints, and pages from her ongoing web-comic, "Boys With Wings".  “Boys With Wings" is a story geared towards middle school students,” Betsy explains.  “The main character is ten, and the story is all about these kids learning to fly metaphorically.  Basically what happens is this one girl, Amelia, ends up missing, but she’s found by these two twin boys, and the three of them work together to fly Amelia home.  The three of them all share this deep passion for flight, gliders, and the story may be about getting her back home, but it’s ultimately about rising from failure.”

Watercolor prints, by Betsy,
for sale at her booth.
A majority of Betsy’s work focuses on this theme of personal encouragement.  Her other web-comic, "Symbiotic Neurotic", is a collaboration between her and her boyfriend Kevin Zych (pictured above).  The work features the two of them, depicted as animals, and tells stories of their adventures in New York.  “A lot of the stories in the comic are true,” Betsy says.  “But it’s more of a project that’s just for fun, it’s Kevin and I making fun of our neurotic selves as we both try to make art in NY.”  While the comic strip may be a project designed to help Betsy and Kevin unwind and remember not to take things too seriously, it’s no less successful than her other work.  In fact, the printed booklets of the comic-strip Betsy brought with her to NYCC all sold out, including the prototype.  

“There's a lot I'm still learning, being in school, so a lot of these projects are a way to encourage myself, and I think that’s why they’re all about rising up above challenge,” Betsy says.  A lot of these challenges, for Betsy, come from being a student, but also working freelance, and having to negotiate those two roles.  “I recently reached the realization that school has become second to my freelance work.  Not so much to the point that I’ve been failing classes, but normally I’d do an assignment or my homework right away.  Lately I’ve been pushing those things back, instead working on commissions.  Because this commission is due on Friday, and that assignment is due Monday, I’m going to prioritize the freelance work.”    

The decision to make freelance a priority has greatly paid off for Betsy.  Recently she illustrated a book cover for fantasy author, Diana Wyne Jones.  Before the book cover, she’d mostly done a lot of pet portraits for people in Minnesota, her state of origin.  Since then she’s branched out and worked on Kickstarter projects and children’s books illustrations.  Over the course of adding various projects to her resume, Betsy says she’s learned a lot about how to negotiate with clients, and more importantly, when to turn down a commission.  
Failure, By Betsy Peterschmidt

“Last spring someone from The Walking Dead messaged me, asking if I would do a graphic novel for them.  But I wouldn’t be paid by them, I’d only receive royalties.  And with the way royalties work, you really don’t get paid a lot unless it’s a New York Times Best Seller.  I told them I’d need to be paid upfront, and that I’d love to work with them on other things, and they didn’t call me back.  People will grind you for more work and less money like that, and slowly, over time, you learn how to deal with those people and how to determine what’s best for you.  A forty-five page graphic novel?  That takes time, and if it didn’t sell it’d be a flop.  That wouldn’t be the best decision for me.”

When asked if she had any other advice for current students, and artists, Betsy simply said, “Don’t wait.  Just start doing it now.  Go to conferences, get advice from mentors, family, friends.  I’m hearing it everywhere, don’t wait for the prince charming of the illustration world to come along.  You have to make it happen.  And don’t think you’re not good enough.  That’s just withholding your work from the world, and that’s sad.  Everyone has a voice.”

Betsy’s final message: “Greatness is not measured by how much success you have, but rather, how you rise from failure.”



Interviewed by Britt Gettys October 13, 2013

November 7, 2013

Life After Pratt With Illustrator Caitlin Hackett

By Britt Gettys
Photos Courtesy of Caitlin Hackett

Hackett in studio, working on a large-scale illustration.
Caitlin Hackett is a small town girl with a lyrical imagination.  Originally from Northern California, she graduated from Pratt Institute in 2009 with a BFA in Illustration.  However, art wasn’t her original career path, she says.  “I have been drawing ever since I was a child, always animals and mythical creatures, a lot of unicorns and cats -- you could say things haven’t changed too much haha -- but I actually intended to go into wildlife biology, and it wasn’t until I did a pre college program at CalArts that I started to seriously consider the idea of studying art.”  From there Hackett applied to a variety of art institutions, as well as state universities, and was eventually accepted to Pratt.  “I had to decide between art and science, and I chose art.”  Despite this choice, her work is still inspired by her love of biology and forestry, a passion born from the remoteness of a small town surrounded by redwood forests and the rocky Pacific Coast.   According to her, it’s the best of both worlds.                
When discussing her first experiences at Pratt, Hackett admits that she was overwhelmed.  “I definitely didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  When I showed up at Pratt I didn’t like it very much, I was overwhelmed by the city after living out in the forests and mountains all my life.  I questioned my choices and doubted my ability to make a career out of art.”  Considering the magnitude of the college choice, as well as having been split between two very different majors, Hackett’s concerns were not unfounded, and, in fact, echo the sentiments of many art students across the world.  The question of what it means to live as an artist, as well as weather one can make a career out of it is a constant concern.  Hackett found reassurance in her Drawing 101 professor, Iona Fromboluti. “She said that going to art school was not about learning how to draw, but rather about learning how to see, and that made all the difference to me.”

“It was tremendously hard work, four years of very little sleep and furious creation, but it did well by me, partially due to my own hard work, partially because NYC is such a great place to study art, and in no small part because I had professors who both inspired, frustrated, and pushed me to do better,” says Caitlin.  She misses the camaraderie of being surrounded by artists and creative persons, especially now that she finds herself working from a home studio.     
                
"The Nemean Lion", by Caitlin Hackett
Since graduating, Hackett has maintained a busy and successful career as a freelance artist.  Recently she illustrated “The Lilac Fairy Book” by Andrew Lang, for the Folio Society.  She’s also been working as a Creature Concept Designer for a gaming company based in Brooklyn, a job she’s had since graduating in 2009.  Alongside this she illustrates album covers for bands, designs tattoos and posters, and produces work for gallery exhibitions.  “It’s a busy life but a good one, although between the shows and the commission work I don’t get much time for personal projects, but I do my best to fit them in when I can.”                

Hackett’s personal work, which she calls “Contemporary Mythology,” is what really displays her passion for nature and the relationship between humanity and animals.  The term comes from her obsession with myths and legends, but is also derived from the mystical nature of the creatures she draws.  All of her pieces contain a darkened whimsy, as well as a melding of the human with the animal.  According to her, this is all a reflection of the questions that inform and inspire her work.

“I’m passionate about animal rights and environmentalism, and much of my work has to do with the struggle between humans and animals, some of those struggles are literal: deforestation, hunting and poaching, the draining of marshlands for development, experimentation of medical drugs and cosmetic chemicals on animals in laboratories;  the list of infringements into the natural world could go on and on. Other struggles are more figurative, and this is really where the mythology question comes in. There is a system of value which people put onto animal lives, and it varies from person to person as well as culture to culture. We have separated ourselves from the other animals, we are the top of the food chain and as such we have relegated the other creatures we share this planet with into various categories, there are food animals and companion animals, we vilify or personify animals at will.”
  
Hackett is one artist who’s work is not only a meditation on the state of things around her, but a way in which she can reach out to others and inform them. Each piece in Contemporary Mythology provokes discussion and thought regarding the labels and identities we, as humans, lay upon animals.  This is where modern myth comes from, Hackett says, and that myth informs our perception of the creatures around us.  “A snake is evil, a lion is noble, a dog is loyal, an owl is wise, a wolf is a vicious killer, and an elephant a kindly giant.  What do these statements really have to do with reality, how deeply have we woven the myths into the reality? We have allowed the myths to take over the animals, and the greatest myth of all is that we are not animals ourselves.”

In opening up this dialogue with her passion, Hackett demonstrates that, though her art has been commercially successful, she can also use it to illustrate the topics and concerns she has about the world surrounding her.  She doesn’t have to chose between success as a working artist and living as an artist of expression because she’s found a middle ground.

While Hackett didn’t do any internships as a student, she did take part in an artist residency at OxBow during the summer before her senior year.  Affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, OxBow’s residency program aims to immerse artists, at all stages in their career, in an environment where one can explore both traditional and contemporary artistic mediums.  “I was fortunate enough to be chosen from a pool of applicants to be a resident there for the summer, with free housing, studio and meals, as well as several free courses, which I otherwise may never have had a chance to take, such as glass blowing.”  The residency functions as both a retreat, where one can work on their own personal projects without distraction, and an educational tool, offering a variety of classes for it’s residents to take, and instruction from visiting artists.  “It was a phenomenal life and art changing three months of my life,” states Hackett, and ultimately, given the ample time and inspiration, what led her to start selling commissions.  
      
"The Swan Maiden", by Caitlin Hackett
 Featured in an all female artist show at 323 East Gallery
While Hackett has managed to make a living off of her commissioned work, she says the experience isn’t nearly as smooth sailing as she makes it look.  “I had to teach myself how to write contracts, how to deal with companies that wanted to license my work to use for various posters or web designs, it was sort of a crash course in being an artist after I graduated.”  In her opinion, Pratt students could benefit from an education, not only in art, but in the business and politics of it as well.  This is one thing the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt strives to provide it’s student’s with.  The CCPD maintains a resource library of texts focused on the business of art and freelancing, and hosts multiple seminars on the topic every month.  

“I got taken advantage of by more than one client, and had artwork that I did not get paid for used by companies, and I had to deal with some scammy galleries,” Hackett admits.  But ultimately, these events led her to become more than an expert on the subject of freelance.      

“Make sure you have your client either pay you half or all of the cost before you start doing any work for them, and don’t send any kind of hi-res image file until after all the payments have gone through. If it’s a larger company I would recommend you write up some kind of a contract guaranteeing whatever kind of image rights you want to maintain, how much and when you will be paid, and how many alterations you are willing to do to the piece before you will start charging for the changes,” she encourages students.  
      
Despite Pratt not providing her with a background in the business of fine arts, her education did prepare her for hard, sef-driven work, and that’s invaluable when it comes to working for one’s self.  “I learned to set my own deadlines and keep them and to push myself constantly, as well as to go without sleep when needed (she laughs), and these are things that have come in handy for me in my career.”   

For Hackett, working as an artist has had it’s ups and downs, but it’s her passion and work-ethic that have allowed her to succeed.  “It took me a few years after graduating to really get to the point where I could support myself with my artwork alone, and even now there are good months and bad months, this is not the career to go into if you’re looking for financial stability. It requires a lot of hustle being a one woman business, and a lot of focus to produce enough work for both gallery shows and commissions, but ultimately my experience working as an artist has been a rewarding one.”   



Interviewed by Britt Gettys October 9th, 2013


October 29, 2013

Career Coffee Break: Josh Taylor


Career Coffee Break: Josh Taylor from Pratt Success on Vimeo.

Josh Taylor graduated from Pratt in 2002 with a BFA in illustration. Since then has gone on to work as freelance illustrator, as well as garnering extensive recognition for his fine art, showing frequently in galleries across the US and abroad. The Pratt Success Career Ambassadors visited him at New York Comic Con this year, where he was featured in the group art exhibition, Heroes of the Block!

The Career Coffee Break program is run by the Pratt Success Career Ambassadors for the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Pratt Institute. The Career Ambassadors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email success@pratt.edu and let us know how you take your coffee.

October 2, 2013

Internship Success With Jinie Choi: Revlon

by Britt Gettys

Photo Courtesy of Jinie Choi and Revlon


Revlon's U.S. Regional Department HQ
“My name is Jinie Choi.  I’m a Communications Design Major, and, unfortunately, a senior.  I work for Revlon Cosmetics.  I believe they make flying cars and rainbow machines, but I'm not sure, I just do graphic design there so they don't tell me all the secrets of their products.  [There are a] hell of a lot of cosmetics lying around in the office space though.”  
Jinie Choi may sound unenthusiastic about her impending graduation date (May 2014), but her nonchalance about her new job speaks volumes.  Revlon marks her fifth internship experience, “if you count my brief one day internship at Fisher Price,” making Jinie more than familiar with the workplace and it’s ups and downs.  For Jinie, any work is an opportunity, and she’s open to every opportunity 24/7.
When talking about how to find an internship, and how she ended up working at Revlon, Jinie highlights the grueling, yet rewarding, process of weeding through job postings.  “I receive approximately 15 emails a day from different websites that alert me about internship opportunities: Beyond, Internships.com, Intern Match, Glass Door, Linkedin, etc.  I managed to fish out this one from the hundreds I received.”   A time consuming process, but one that’s yielded results and a variety of job experience.
While reviewing job postings can be grueling, Internships.com and Intern Match streamline the process by allowing students and graduates to filter their searches by location, field of study, and whether the internship will be paid or unpaid.  They also let users follow the listings of specific companies, to find internships based on selected criteria.  “Ultimately, college internships aren’t about getting a name on your resume, they are about breaking into an industry you love and stacking the odds in your favor that you will land a rock star job right out of college,” says InternMatch.  Both sites provide helpful tips on resume and portfolio building, and go over the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of the interview process.  If that’s not helpful enough, be inspired by the statistics they cite: “70% of internships turn into full time jobs.”
On the job, Jinie does a lot of “intern-y” things,” which includes assisting other employees with the multiple graphic design demands thrown their way, package design, editorials, mock-ups, and presentation signs.  “Most recently I created a layout for an insert in a magazine, designed a hair dye package, and made forty-two mock-ups of the design to be sent out to different customers as samples.  I also was requested to comp men’s deodorant labels and made forty of those as well.  It was a blurred motion kind of day.”
The best part of being an intern at Revlon is the slice of reality cake they serve you,” says Jinie.  According to her, Revlon allowed her to take everything she’s learned about communications design at Pratt into the real world.  “It's very different from the way things are dealt in class at most times. You realize that a dodecahedron packaging for a golf ball might not be the most cost-effective way to sell things.  Ilearned the most about the things I expected the least.  I was taught 3-D programs to help design product displays.  And of course I learned about mass production of ads and products.”  
Revlon products decorate
their studio.
Aside from the educational experience, Revlon’s teaching program also provides Jinie with monthly field trips, gives her opportunities to pitch her own ideas, and reviews her portfolio to see if they can give her an assignment that will better her portfolio.  “Oh, and I get free coffee from the industrial size Keurig machine.”  As far as she’s concerned, the only real downside to her internship is that she doesn’t get free makeup.

Revlon doesn’t mark the end for Jinie’s career arc.  She’s already looking into internships for this summer.  “I am actually applying to an internship for next year that my professor has recommended for me,” she tells us.  “Never forget that your professors are the biggest connections to your career. They're not just professors, they're working professionals, and they have a wide network.  They have a lot to say, and much more to offer.”    


Interviewed September 16th, 2013 by Britt Gettys

September 24, 2013

New Name. New Look. New Contributors!


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September 10, 2013

Career Coffee Break: Caits Meissner


Career Coffee Break: Caits Meissner from Pratt Success on Vimeo.

Poet, story teller, and arts educator, Caits Meissner is a Pratt Alumni holding a BFA in Communication Design. She has contributed design and media production to a large roster of artist and non-profit clients. Currently, Caits serves as the Educational Programs Manager at Tribeca Film Institute. She also teaches at various community organizations such as Urban Word’s Preemptive Education Conference, the Brooklyn Museum and Chashama’s North artist residency.

The Career Coffee Break program is run by the Peer Counselors in the Peer to Peer Program in Pratt Institute's Office of Career Services. The Peer Counselors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email success@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.

September 4, 2013

Career Coffee Break: Maya Eilam


Career Coffee Breaks- Maya Eilam from Pratt Success on Vimeo.

Maya Eilam is an alumni working at Time Inc. Content Solutions. She graduated from the AOS Graphic Design Program in December 2012. Maya invited us into her home and talked to us about her career, her experience at the Pratt Show, and her personal design philosophies.

Career Coffee Break is a program run by the Career Ambassadors in the Pratt Success Program for the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Pratt Institute. The Career Ambassadors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email success@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.

April 30, 2013

Internship Success With Casey Sobel: The Martinsville Studio

by Britt Gettys
Photos Courtesy of The Martinsville Studio




            
              Sitting in the 12th fl
Casey Sobel in the Jewelry Studio
oor hallway of Willoughby Residence Hall, surrounded by scented markers and crate paper, sophomore Jewelry Major and RA, Casey Sobel meticulously assembles her bulletin board for the month of March.  While critiquing the shape of the letter ‘R,’ as only a Pratt Student would: “It’s the connection point where the leg juts off that makes it look strange,” her residents come in and out of the elevator; each well acquainted with her and talking to her like an old friend.  

Casey began her career at Pratt as a student employee, working early and late shifts at the Gym, before she became a clerical assistant in the Office of Residential Life and Housing.  Considering her avid participation on campus as a worker and volunteer (she served as President of WIlloughby Hall Council for a semester and Cannoneer Court’s Dining Rep for a year), it’s little surprise this dedicated jeweler became an RA.  On top of that, Casey belongs to a minority of college students who began interning while still in high school.      

The Martinsville Studio
Internships aren’t something many students start thinking about until their Junior year of college, however, Casey proves the value of taking on internships before college.  She began interning for The Martinsville Studio, owned by Jamie Lindholm, in New Jersey in 2008.  According to Casey, Lindholm is just as much of a do-it-all-girl as herself.  “She’s a painter and has her own studio [In The Martinsville Studio], but she also teaches classes for all ages, takes commissions, and allows local artists to rent out studio space so they can do their own work [a practice Lindholm has coined  'Open Easel’].”  Home of the Feathers N’ Fur Paintings project, Martinsville Studio also takes commissions for pet portraits, a percentage of which is donated to local animal shelters.  

Casey reveals that one doesn’t have to intern at a big name corporation or magazine to gain experience,  even the smallest businesses can provide a wealth of skills and prime one for success.  Considering that this past year The Martinsville Studio brought in more profits via Living Social than any other business in it’s area, learning how to succeed is something Lindholm no doubt taught Casey.  Living Social is an online marketplace with over 70 million members worldwide.  Its goal is to help small businesses draw in new audiences from around the area.  The site provides a variety of offers, including daily bargains, events and experiences, travel packages, and even take-out, each located within the user’s neighborhood.  The Martinsville Studio’s success on Living Social shows not only the quality of the establishment, but demonstrates how small businesses are branching out via the web to bring in customers.  According to Casey, the amount of traffic Martinsville receives via Living Social is nothing short of amazing.       

“I don’t think I’ll ever have a better boss than [Lindholm],” Casey says.  No internship is without it’s challenges, and there’s always a learning curve when it comes to a new job, but Casey talks casually about her responsibilities at Martinsville, not even blinking an eye at how many different roles she took on for the studio.  Aside from the office work necessary for running a successful business, such as making and taking phone calls, organizing supplies, keeping the studio spaces clean, running errands, and designing and distributing ads, Casey’s internship required her to work jobs for more artistic related endeavors.  “I helped with Feathers N’ Fur commissions, I made lesson plans, each of which Jamie had to approve, and taught children’s art classes on a variety of different materials and mediums.  I also occasionally ran Living Social classes.  The great thing though, whenever it came to my teaching classes, whatever profit we made was split fifty-fifty between [Jamie and I].  I even got to use the studio space for my own projects, and if I was ever interested in a technique or certain medium, such as oil painting, she’d give me lessons and tips in exchange for my working for her."
A Living Social Class at The Martinsville Studio

Casey’s work is specific and detail oriented, but she got the internship on a spur of the moment through a display of self-confidence and determination.  “I was driving down the road, thinking ‘I need a job,’ and saw this art studio in a strip mall.  I walked in, left a message asking if I could talk to someone about any potential positions, the next day Jamie asked me to come in and have a cup of tea with her.  I was going to get all dressed up, but instead ended up wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, which I advise against for professional interviews.  But it all worked out in this case.  I went in to meet with Jamie, and we didn’t have tea, but we did have great conversation.  The next day I got the job.”

            According to Casey, what made working for Jamie so rewarding was that she wasn’t just performing grunt work.  “The greatest aspect of this internship was that I learned, not only how an art studio functions, but how a small business works.  It was the best way to learn how to work with people and clients, from someone ordering a commission to a five-year-old’s parent.”  Casey learned on the job, through hands on work, and none of it was meaningless to her.  Even though she got paid as an intern, Casey stresses that the most important thing she gained from the experience was a set of applicable skills.  “I worked in a fine arts studio and it helped advance my skill set regarding fine art based areas and mediums.  Now I feel I have a broader range of applicable skills.  Even though I specialize in jewelry I’m still graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, which means people will expect me to have knowledge in arts beyond jewelry.  This experience has given me exactly that.”
  
            Even though she got the position before coming to Pratt, Casey has maintained a strong relationship with Lindholm and the studio.  “I still continue to work there, over the summers, and I even do some work for her while I’m here in Brooklyn.”  Even now, after a few years of interning and working, Casey’s advice rings true to how she got her first internship.  “Go in confident and don’t second guess yourself.  Just trust that you have the ability and skills to do what the company is asking of you.  And yeah, this sounds like an Oscar speech but it’s true.  Don’t settle for less than you’re worth.”




Interviewed by Britt Gettys March 1, 2013