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A Day In The Life of a Fashion Designer &
How to Become a Fashion Designer
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Job TitleHead Fashion Designer
CompanyParker NY
LocationNew York, NY
Education
Job TitleHead Fashion Designer
CompanyParker NY
LocationNew York, NY
Education

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Part 1:

What exactly do fashion designers do all day?

Welcome to Part 1 in the 2-part “Fashion Forward Thinking” Series. In this episode, we’re going to experience a day in the life, hour by hour, of Emmy Bunn, the Head Fashion Designer at Parker, so you can decide if this is a career you can see yourself in! If color, composition and creativity gets you excited, this episode is right up your alley!

Mat [00:01:06] Welcome to part 1 in the two part fashion forward thinking series. In this episode we’re going to experience a day in the life hour by hour of Emmy Bunn the head fashion designer at Parker so you can decide if this is a career you can see yourself doing. If color composition and creativity gets you excited. This episode is right up your alley. Let’s get into the day. 

 

Mat [00:01:36] it’s 7:00 a.m. in Brooklyn an Emmy is hitting the snooze button not once, not twice, but three times. She told us she’s not a morning person. 745 rolls around and to wake herself up she brews a pot of strong hot coffee while watching some fashion shows and putting on her uniform for the season. More on that in a bit. 

 

Krista [00:01:57] Tonight on the agenda as a whole she’s working closely with her design and production team in-house as well as overseas in China. She’s also attending fittings with her pattern maker production team and fit model. And she has meetings and reviews on fabrics working on print design comparing sketches with the evening and ready to wear designers all while staying on top of her e-mails. Let’s meet Amy and learn more about what she does. 

 

Emmy [00:02:22] Currently. I’d say I specialize or I categorize myself as sort of a big picture person. So I’m the creative director for Parker or head of design I guess you could also call it and I sort of drive the brand forward in a bigger picture in terms of marketing and design and you know inspiring the design team to create great product. 

 

Emmy [00:02:48] I’m not a morning person. I think a lot of creative people are probably night people. I probably work noon to 9:00 p.m. If I could however I have to be to work at 9:00 so at 7.15 am, I set the alarm every morning but I wake up I hit snooze three times 745 so I’m getting ready for work. 

 

Emmy [00:03:07] It depends on the time of year but I sort of think what I have to do that day am I presenting meetings at my meeting with buyers or marketing. I have two uniforms. One is jeans vans a white T-shirt of some sort and a blazer and the other is you know four inch heels and a vintage dress. So and then Parker makes great dresses so in the summertime I always add those into the mix. It just it makes it easier. You know I we talk a lot at work about what our looks going to be for seasons. What’s your look for spring? What’s your look for summer and then you sort of stick to it like a uniform. 

 

Krista [00:03:43] Emmy lives in Brooklyn so to get into Manhattan she has her commute down to a science making time for her daily dose of inspiration. There’s a bridge that connects Brooklyn to Queens and I walk over that in the morning. You walk over the bridge and you see the city off to your left and it just like kicks off your day and seems inspiring that I’m going into Manhattan to this crazy city to do my job. And yeah I hop on the seven train and I start checking emails depending on Wi-Fi underground and I just do like a speed go through and then I flag every email that’s important. 

 

Krista [00:04:16] You told me when we first met that Parkers clothes you said are designed with New York City style and spunk in mind like when you’re walking over the bridge or walking in New York do you have your eyes peeled for that sort of thing or are you just trying to get from point A to Point B like everybody else. 

 

Emmy [00:04:33] Oh yeah. No always I’m taking pictures of the color yellow on the on the construction zone and the way it pairs with orange and I can tell you how many pictures I have on my phone of a girl on the subway and you know this is an urban city and they sort of have a pulse and I’m liking what they’re wearing is it short as it long as a pocket at is it floral is it orange is purple or they were in flats and just kind of study in the. 

 

Mat [00:04:57] she steps off the 7 train at Forty second Street Times Square and is navigating the tourists on Seventh out where the office is located. This area is considered the fashion district in New York and he told us the fashion district isn’t what it used to be because some of the vendors are going out of business. That’s why Parker, They try to support small businesses as best as they can. 

 

Krista [00:05:18] before she steps foot in her office she grabs another cup of strong coffee from her nearby coffee shop cafe grumpies. After that the design work begins. But before we continue with the day let’s learn the basics. There are many specializations in the fashion industry and no matter what the style or type, these fundamental specializations work together to create the clothes and those specializations fall under the two main department’s production and design. 

 

Emmy [00:05:44] Let’s see in terms of specialization so you can be a pattern maker which means that you make the patterns which are like puzzles that put together the clothing most like Tetris or something like that. If you’re wearing a T-shirt you have a front you have a back and you have two sleeves. That’s the most basic pattern. And then if you have a crazy pattern there’s you know so that’s three pieces. If it’s an intricate pattern it might have 45 or say you’re wearing a ski jacket that could be maybe 75 pattern. A print designer so prints are patterns and sometimes you might not know you want to be a print designer but you can see it in in people like within them and then I try to grow that within them but you have to love color and balance. 

 

Emmy [00:06:27] Yeah. So print design, pattern making, tech design which means that you’re measuring the garments and you know all the little details that go into it like what the button is what the button hole looks like and then there’s production and they are the super engineers of the whole deal. They’re the you know they’re the opposite of design almost that they are very black and white. Is it going to be shipped on a big boat out of Shanghai? How does the freight get there? What’s the duties and the taxes and you know just really you’re producing it you’re producing the whole show but we’re about 32 people or so and each person plays a really integral role in the business. So everyone’s just really focused and there’s production pattern making design marketing and sales and then AECOM that’s a big business that’s growing. 

 

Emmy [00:07:16] You know I think it’s why internships are so important because you don’t sort of realize your calling until you do it in sort of what inspires you and I guess I think the end goal is to not work a day in your life really if you if you love what you do. 

 

Krista [00:07:31] I’m sure you got all that but just in case you didn’t here’s a recap on the design side you can work with patterns prints or tech and then there’s a production side for the lovers of logistics. Great. Now you’re an expert. 

 

Mat [00:07:42] Back to the day Emmy walks in at 9 a.m. and the first thing she does is touch base with her team and sets a daily goal. 

 

Emmy [00:07:49] I think by nature we sort of like kind of all have ADD on the design team so we jump. We tend to like jump jump jump jump jump but for example today it was we’re drawing these huge flowers on a sweatshirt and draw that flower and finalize it and then mail it to China. Your one job today is to draw a flower on a sweatshirt and send it to China and then within that you know they’re checking emails and you know there’s a million little things that come up but that’s the main thing. 

 

Mat [00:08:19] How do you manage this project as far as logistics. Do you have some sort of software that you can keep track of steps? Do you have a system in place where you can do that? 

 

Emmy [00:08:27] I’m a huge fan of post it’s I would say we’re most sponsored by posted thousands and thousands of posts in every color and every size there’s your posts and colored stickers. I think its cause we’re color focused. The colors all means something in terms of the process and then you know when it really gets down to it you’re going to excel and we create what we call trackers which we’re tracking when we send that flower sweatshirt when we’re getting it back how much it cost what colors it comes in. 

 

Krista [00:08:59] so what’s the communication like with your international partners. You mentioned email stuff to China. Yes. 

 

Emmy [00:09:07] so China India and Turkey are kind of the two major markets for fashion. Is a little up and down depending. So China is you know when we’re leaving work we say have a great day. And this you know in these right back to us goodnight we sort of call them. It’s like our international pen pals in a way in a lot of cases they’ve never left the continent of China. Their English is you know they learned it in school they’ve never spoken it to someone before. So that’s kind of a first thing in fashion when you’re writing emails. You can’t write sort of the way you would normally speak. You need to kind of condense it. 

 

Krista [00:09:41] the production teams working more with them or does not like both the design and production or. 

 

Emmy [00:09:46] Both design and production yes So design is always three months ahead of production in terms of but there’s you know maybe some of your viewers are familiar with it but it’s called WeChat so everything happens via. We chat and it’s basically like international texting. It’s a great app. You know if you’re over in Italy or you’re in Shanghai or Bali are factories you know maybe 20 years ago people would write emails and now they factories text us via WeChat that’s really like opened up a world where you know they’re sending us a picture of you know maybe their baby or something like that. Here’s when I meet him for lunch. And so you have a greater connection with sort of these factories that you work with. 

 

Mat [00:10:26] It’s 10:00 a.m. and she’s checking emails and waiting for the fit model to arrive. 

 

Emmy [00:10:31] so for anyone who doesn’t know you know we have to fit the garments on a person and make sure they fit it feels good. You know it’s the right length all that good stuff. So every Tuesdays and Thursdays we fit on our fit model in the fittings it’s the Pattern Makers production team and the design team is all there. We sit in a big room together the model stands you know right in the center of the room and we always ask her how does it feel and she says oh it’s too tight or too loose or it’s scratchy or can and everyone sort of plays their role the pattern maker is you know making the pattern. So they’re the ones who are saying Okay I’m going to make it bigger so it doesn’t feel small. And yeah we look at every little thing and make sure it’s perfect. So we do that from 10 to 12 usually and then after that we go back to our desk finish checking emails heading up design. I’m CCD on everyone’s e-mails so I maybe have about 75 to 100 every day which doesn’t seem like a lot but it’s a lot of e-mails to read. I’ve been kind of doing a new thing at work where Trying to do less e-mails if possible so I’m really encouraging everyone on my team to just get up and talk in person to just hash it out and solve it. 

 

Emmy [00:11:40] You get to the end result faster. So we usually just try to talk in person and then send an email to summarize what we talked about so everyone like leaves on the same page. So I think that people feel like an open environment to be able to contribute that they feel like their voice is being heard. You know that’s something that as I’ve been working I saw people sort of you know let down and feeling like they weren’t heard. So trying to create an open environment where everyone is synergy is so important you know they’re sharing ideas and that sort of cross pollination. Allows for. Bigger and better ideas. We never say no to anything we always think about it. Why not. Let’s try it. 

 

Krista [00:12:27] now its noon and time for lunch. But on this particular day Emmy powers through 1:00 p.m. Emmy is meeting with the fabric manager and reviewing fabrics for upcoming seasons. This is also the time we’ll chat about any issues that could affect production. 

 

Emmy [00:12:40] so that’s also a role in fashion that’s really important. You pick the fabric for the clothes so you know to be honest we for between one to three it’s the fabric manager its production. It’s sort of like leave it as an open window for anything that could come up by meet with our fabric manager. There’s always something that happened. The factory’s late. They said they had this fabric but they don’t or you know so you’re always sort of like problem solving to get it done. 

 

Mat [00:13:08] what is the fabric manager. What is their role? Are they liaison or are they the final say. 

 

Emmy [00:13:15] She is. She’s a little bit of everything but she’s a she’s a liaison she’s a liaison between design and production. So she is I tell her can you find pink fabric that has tiny flowers on it. So she will go out to all of her mills and find me lots of pink fabric with tiny flowers and then we’ll pick our favorite and then she’ll order it. That’s on the design side and then production means that she’s ordering 500000 yards of pink fabric with flowers on him. So that’s kind of from beginning to end. So she’s got it. It’s a big job with a lot of money exchanging place. 

 

Krista [00:13:53] There’s only so many like fabric designers and stuff like that do different brands ever get the same fabric or is it like some sort of exclusivity rights too. 

 

Emmy [00:14:04] Yes. So we all look at the same kind of base fabrics but we design our own fabrics. But it definitely if you’re meeting with a mill so fabric mills weave the fabrics and they’ll tell you Oh Calvin Klein is running this so you shouldn’t run it. 

 

Mat [00:14:19] People honor that for the most part. 

 

Emmy [00:14:21] Yeah they honor it because you know lawsuits have become such a thing. And what in you know what. What’s personal ownership so yeah? Knocking someone off is a big deal. Currently we’re looking for fabrics that are easy to care for. I think that people want to wear things and just toss them on that’s the way people are kind of living their life right now. It’s washable it’s easy to care for you know people don’t want to take things to the dry cleaner every two seconds. And I think the Parker girl in general is just she’s jumping from one thing to another. So easy care and that it takes our prince really well. 

 

Krista [00:14:56] It’s three pm at the Parker office and around this time almost like clockwork you’ll probably hear the question. 

 

Emmy [00:15:02] of coffee and wherever and then it’s a lot of Venmo. And all that stuff and I got you back. Coffee usually kicks in and then everyone kind of goes back to their desk after coffee. Let’s see prints are a big part of our business for Parker. And like I spoke about a print designer is a big role so one of our girls on the team her and I sit down together we work a lot in Photoshop so that’s important program to know for that Photoshop and Illustrator and yet we run the prints the layouts the color ways. Is it pink is it yellow is it green. And then we send those prints to China to get printed. 

 

Emmy [00:15:36] Four o’clock. We’re kind of just starting to hit our stride here on the design team. We’re like waking up. We have an evening wear designer and are ready to wear designer. So those are those are the dresses and the blouses and the skirts and the leather jackets and all that good stuff. So our evening wear designer like dreams and sequins and crystals and evening gowns and then are you know are ready to wear Parker designer is she’s just a jack of all trades in terms of dresses and blouses and jackets and whatnot. 

 

Emmy [00:16:04] So I meet with them and you know this is the time of the season or the day that we really design so we look at things that are pretty that could mean a painting that you saw over the weekend that have pretty colors. It could be a picture of a girl you saw on the street or the subway and just things that you love and then we sit down with a pencil and paper and we drop and we just do we draw dresses and dresses and tops and we don’t do it in illustrator. I know some companies do but we do it by hand. 

 

Mat [00:16:34] that’s just regular paper. Do you have any sort of special? 

 

Emmy [00:16:37] Regular paper the designers like special pencils. I don’t know the brand its yellow. There’s a special lead size. Everyone has their pencils labeled draft with their names. So there is a certain kind of lead and pencil that they like to draw with definitely. 

 

Mat [00:16:52] Speaking of drawing for you and I guess if maybe for most of the designers is drawing and illustrating is that Italian or is that something that you have to learn. 

 

Emmy [00:17:02] It’s a talent that can be nurtured and learned you know as a designer you’re kind of like a salesman. So you’re selling people designs being your illustrations. So the better you are at drawing and selling your idea the better off you’ll be. 

 

Mat [00:17:17] Are there are there rules and techniques that people follow. Or is it just all like whatever I’m feeling whatever I want to draw I’m going to go for it. 

 

Emmy [00:17:24] I mean there’s tricks of the trade when you’re drawing there’s definitely a little fashion hacks how to how to draw a great sweater how to draw a great blouse and that’s something you learn in school in fashion illustration class. So there’s definitely ways to enhance a design. 

 

Krista [00:17:40] the design team and herself work through rush hour to beat the NYC chaos. 

 

Emmy [00:17:43] Getting off at 6 is insane in New York City so I know everybody knows. So you know if you leave later seven 7.30 it’s a win win. You know there’s less people on the subway and a nicer commute home and then I meet friends for dinner and drinks. I think it’s you know with anyone’s job it like it’s crazy. But if you don’t take time to meet friends it kind of grounds you and whatnot. And so I meet friends in Manhattan or in Brooklyn and you know I don’t cook dinner every night or I don’t go to the grocery store I’m planning my me home so I just fly by the seat of my pants and make it work. 

 

Emmy [00:18:19] And then yeah around 11:00 you know I try to go to sleep around 11:00 but if I can’t I’m back up again on the computer looking at Vogue before I did about the same thing that opens my day. 

 

Mat [00:18:31] Live and breathe fashion. 

 

Emmy [00:18:32] this is true. 

 

Mat [00:18:35] so you’ve just experienced a day in the life of a fashion designer. But how does one actually become a fashion designer. In part two of the fashion forward thinking series. Join us as we go through Emmy’s career journey and experiences leading up to where she is today. I mean wanted to experience a workforce in the fashion industry as soon as possible which led her to the decision of only pursuing her associate’s degree. The lack of bachelor’s degree didn’t stop her from getting many amazing career opportunities at places like Nordstrom Eddie Bauer Ralph Lauren and Parker. Let’s learn how she did it so you can to stay tuned. 

 

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Part 2:

In Part 1 we went through, hour by hour a day in Emmy’s life as a Fashion Designer. In this episode, we’ll take you through Emmy’s career journey so you know what skills and experience are necessary to land a job as a Fashion Designer. We’ll talk about Emmy’s reason for deciding to only pursue an Associate Degree, sketching designs for Ralph Lauren, transitioning to her role at Parker today and more!

Krista [00:01:03] Welcome to part two in the two part fashion forward thinking series. In part one we went through hour by hour in a day and Emmy Buns life as a fashion designer. In this episode we’ll take you through Emmy’s career journey so you know what skills and experience are necessary to land a job as a fashion designer? We’ll talk about Emmys reason for deciding to only pursue an associate’s degree sketching designs for Ralph Lauren transitioning to a role at Parker today and more. Let’s learn how she did it so you can too. 

 

Krista [00:01:34] what inspired you to get into the fashion industry in the first place. 

 

Emmy [00:01:37] originally I want to be an architect you know constructing things from the ground up whether it’s a house or clothing. I realized pretty early on that architecture requires a certain amount of math and then it’s a longer term project to build a building. So clothing was the sort of runner up you know it deals or proportion and things like that. So yeah I got in to fashion. 

 

Mat [00:02:00] Are you one of those people who just feel the urge to create something. Yes whatever it is just that’s kind of what the sense of. 

 

Emmy [00:02:08] Yeah I mean you’re, you never stop thinking about you know it’s the reason I moved to New York. I think there’s so much stimulus. You see the color of yellow and a stop sign it makes you think of a dress and one of the dress was pleated. And what if it was long where it was short Oh I saw this girl walking and you know there’s just my mind never stops thinking I dream about it I wake up by so in my mind I draw on my mind and live it and live it every day. 

 

Krista [00:02:30] She fell in love with fashion and wanted to get her foot in the door ASAP but not without an education under her belt first. 

 

Mat [00:02:37] what made you choose getting the associates degree over going to a four year school right off the bat. 

 

Emmy [00:02:42] I think I just really want to get out in the industry and work. You know I wanted I think fashion sort of a craft and you learn it as you’re doing it. I also probably have an inclination against authority. You know I just I don’t want to be taught it I want to do it and make an impact and get out there in the industry and I was just really eager to learn and I felt like tests and projects like I wanted my project and my tests to be the real world. So I just want to get out there the quickest way possible so that meant a two year degree and get a job and my experience instead of two years in college was I guess two years on the job. So I kind of got a head start on my friends I guess I interned at K2 because I’m from Seattle originally. 

 

Emmy [00:03:29] so K2 is a ski wear brand. Now to Seattle also Seattle you know that’s something I guess when you’re picking your college you wear your college is based as might be your specialty I suppose. You know if you go to a fashion school in California you might work for a surf company or escape company or something and if you’re in New York the chances of working for you know an evening wear company or high end or more fashion forward company is a contender there. 

 

Krista [00:03:53] So would you advise college students to do the same nowadays or do you think times have changed getting a two year associate’s degree and then moving on to jumping right into the workforce. 

 

Emmy [00:04:06] You know it’s funny people ask me that a lot and I think I think in some ways a two year degree is looked down upon however when I interview candidates I don’t sort of like look at how long they went to school. I look at their raw talent so I might be biased towards that. However I think if you’re talented you’re talented and it doesn’t Mater what college you went to or how long you went it’s that’s the potential in the person. So I think you have to do what’s right for you if you feel like you have to go to a four year school go to a four year if you feel like you have to do your masters do your masters if you want to go to London go to London. You know if you just follow your instinct you’ll probably be OK. 

 

Mat [00:04:46] From Seattle, Emmy journeyed to New York City one of the fashion capitals of the world. There she enrolled at f city or the fashion institute of technology in Chelsea. 

 

Emmy [00:04:57] I think I realized pretty quickly that I wanted to get into the industry. Like so I did one semester at F.I.T. and while I was doing that I was interning at BCBG in New York. So I was in the sales there. Their sales showroom and it was interesting because they were you know just hustling and selling clothes and the runway show and you know they had their sales goals and I got an idea of what it was like to work on the sales side whereas I’m on the design side currently so you know that’s why it’s so important with internships maybe you don’t always want to say no to an internship because you never know what you’re going to learn from it. You’ll always apply it to the bigger picture. 

 

Krista [00:05:37] her first job after her semester at FIT was back in Washington state at Nordstrom As a design assistant. 

 

Emmy [00:05:43] I got it through a girl I went to school with. So you know, be on good terms with your classmates and you know those connections. She got me. She vouched for me. She got a job at Nordstrom before I did and she my resume was sort of fast track to H.R. and got a job at Nordstrom and they had a really cool program where they sort of like put you in kind of like a think tank sort of talent pool so you’d almost sit in an office and then anyone in Nordstrom in the organization on the design side could call and say I need a print designer, I need a trim person or someone’s on maternity leave and you’d be zoomed up to that office and you’d get experience for maybe two months, three months or two weeks or so it allowed you and that’s something specific that Nordstrom does to sort of see people’s talents and where they lie which is really smart of them I think. 

 

Krista [00:06:33] While she was learning A lot and enjoying her time at Nordstrom she had a tough choice to make during a tough time in the fashion industry. 

 

Emmy [00:06:39] the stock market crashed I think and it was before September 11th. I’m dating myself here but Eddie Bauer called and they had a they had a good offer and so I left and you know Nordstrom counter offered and I think that you know that’s something that’s going to happen to people in their life and you have to kind of really think do I want the money or do I want the experience and sort of like what drives you. 

 

Krista [00:07:03] so what tip the scale for this. 

 

Emmy [00:07:06] Just something new. A new company new people to work with a new office environment and the opportunity for something else. So yeah I went to Eddie Bauer and designed backpacks and purses and accessories and then they had a reorganization and then I designed Denham they had another reorganization and then I designed tops so the fashion industry is really you think your job is one thing and it and it changes and I think I realized you know this is maybe 20 years ago but you have to be flexible. You just have to roll with the punches and inspire and just be like great. That sounds good. 

 

Mat [00:07:41] She was at Eddie Bauer for a little over two years when New York City was calling her name. 

 

Mat [00:07:47] So the story that I’ve been hearing for about a month now since we started talking about getting this podcast going was that you had Ralph Lauren over your shoulder at one point. Can you tell us about that? 

 

Emmy [00:08:00] this is correct here. Yeah I was at Ralph Lauren for about ten 10 almost 10 years. And again I got that job I moved from Seattle to New York and people sent me with maybe three phone numbers on a piece of paper. These are some people you should call and one of those people I called didn’t email I called and left a message on their phone and I just said I’ll do anything like what job do you have at Ralph Lauren. And they called me back. Actually they called me three times, I missed the first two calls. They left one voicemail, I missed that they left a second voicemail I missed that and then I heard the third one where they were like I’m just calling to triple check that you aren’t interested. And I was like Oh no. So I was like I’ll meet with you tomorrow. 

 

Mat [00:08:46] How spaced out were those phone calls for they like days or hours. 

 

Emmy [00:08:50] I think it was like every three days. But you know I had just moved to New York and I think I was like meeting the moving truck and my Matress was being delivered and it went to voicemail and I didn’t realize it and I’d just gotten news. You know you moved to a new city and there’s just lots of stuff that happens and it does job part fell to the wayside. So I but I think if it was meant to be was meant to be so they called me back and I just took whatever they had. So I freelanced and I was a closet that used to have like buckets and mops for the janitor and they turned it into a little office and they fit three of us in there and I just did whatever they asked and I just watched what everybody was doing, how they talked to each other, how their e-mails were written and just observed. I was in tech design for her knitwear for them and then ten years later with Ralph over my shoulder the hat is I left doing Rutland collection which is a runway show. So twice a year they do a huge runway show. They used to show in Bryant Park and now they have sort of remote exotic locations. And yeah I was and I was a fashion illustrator and designer for them. So we went with Ralph maybe three times a week and he likes to be inspired. 

 

Emmy [00:10:05] He likes to talk about things and it’s when he talks as he talks you sketch it for him in front of him almost just real life and it materializes on paper and then he says he loves it. And then it goes down a runway. So it’s pretty intense. 

 

Krista [00:10:20] But so most people probably would have killed for that job. What made you decide to leave and freelance for a little for a while. 

 

Emmy [00:10:30] Well you the pace is fairly intense and but really I just I wanted to focus on art and to draw and going freelance allowed me to draw for lots of different companies you know to draw for Tommy Hilfiger or draw for marquees and just to draw lots of different kinds of clothes evening gowns and T-shirts and sweatshirts and stuff and just kind of expand my horizons on an artistic level. 

 

Mat [00:10:58] For those of you who want to broaden your horizons listen up Emmy wants you to know something. 

 

Emmy [00:11:03] you know freelancing, I think it sounds really glamorous and I think for some people it probably is. I personally realized it’s a hustle and if you’re a one man show and you are the accounts payable department and you are the marketing department and you are the talent. So you know you know you have to pay your rent, so you know that ties into a little bit about a side hustle and whatnot but it’s a lot of work. I was doing it and I was I liked it but the opportunity came along to work at Parker so I was freelancing at home you know in my studio. And yeah I got a job at Parker and they were a tiny company. I think there was like seven maybe seven to 10 employees. And yeah I came on to sort of grow the company so that could mean anything from creating infrastructure in terms of like a shared drive like something simple like that to tech sheets cell email processes elevating the product. 

 

Mat [00:12:06] so do you straddle design and marketing. 

 

Emmy [00:12:08] I guess. Yeah. When you. By nature I guess I’ve been doing this for a while. So I think I’ve changed jobs, not changed job well I guess I’ve changed jobs maybe every about two years two and a half. So you know that would I guess be advice to give that it’s OK to want to see new scenery and to get a new job as long as you sort of stay within your industry. Because in the end it will make you a stronger person, because you’ll understand all the elements everybody’s jobs. 

 

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