Venture uses travel as a metaphor—verbally and visually—to connect the creative process + exploration of self to how traveling gives you perspective. Our goal is to help inspire and continuously motivate emerging creatives using stories. We want to help build sustainable and meaningful careers.
There’s a lot we want to figure out along the way, each story along the way is a landmark, helping to inspire growth.
Shit happens (w/ Ebun Olaloye)
today, we chatted with my our friend Ebun who’s the founder of LBF (Live Breathe Futbol) a soccer lifestyle brand. what’s really cool about ebun is that he originally majored in architecture, now uses his passion for soccer to share what he loves with the world through fashion. we chatted about how ideas grow, the “rise and grind” myth, maintaining your sanity during quarantine, and much more.
1:51 - how he started
4:00 - applying architecture thinking to fashion
8:00 - channeling restlessness
11:26 - letting ideas go
13:00 - staying flexible without diluting your brand
19:41 - building a team/dangers of micromanaging
27:10 - “rise and grind” myth
ebun’s instagram : @mrlbf
lbf instagram: @lbfutbol
our instagram: @vtr.pod
our website: vtr.world
Cut the check (w/ Jihad + Age)
we’re baaaaack. sat down with two good friends of mine — jihad (@heyjihad) and age (@agehumphrey) of clyde and clyde which is their social capital management group. some of their clients include glossier, mercedes benz, and many more. we’ll get into what social capital management actually is, knowing your worth as a creative, managing relationships in an authentic way, and building your own platform amongst other things.
3:12 - what is social capital management?
8:48 - social capital vs promotion
11:36 - building relationships vs “networking”
14:43 - being honest when faced with an opportunity
15:30 - transactional relationships
23:31 - how do you recharge?
24:50 - establishing boundaries in relationships
26:45 - friends vs clients
30:58 - knowing your worth
39:45 - why take free work?
44:18 - getting paid to do what you love
45:41 - truth with working with big names
51:50 - what happens when you’re stretched too thin?
57:59 - what happens when you don't "feel like it"?
59:12 - open and honest communication with partners
1:09:02 - investing in relationships early + naturally
1:22:20 - self-control in social settings
1:27:16 - benefits of an open + curious mindset
1:31:28 - creating their own platform (goodlooks)
1:34:50 - setting reasonable goals
1:38:52 - self-awareness / the BS meter
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Safe Burn (w/ Eden Lewis)
We’re back! We had a nice chat with Eden Lewis, an art director working at Edelman PR in New York. This EP is longer than normal...but it’s the 3rd EP so what really is “normal” anyways? Still, promise it’s worth it, especially for those transitioning out of school or looking for new gigs.
We talked about rethinking “relevant work experience”, learning from (catastrophic) failure, earning respect when starting anew job, salary $$$ negotiation, and much more.
A couple other things we covered:
4:41 — Why the story you tell about your career matters
9:56 — How references help you to communicate with other creators
13:44 — The “superpowers” you have as someone fresh out of school
17:01 — Best advice for people in school
17:39 — Working odd jobs
21:15 — Rethinking “related work” experience
22:39 — How can your find out what your future employer is about?
23:23 — Voicing what you believe in
24:57 — How can you make an impact?
34:46 — Finding hobbies outside of design
41:00 — Managing expectations as a student
50:12 — When things go wrong
50:50 — It’s ok to not know what you want to do
52:56 — Putting in the work as a brand new hire
57:54 — The impact of tiny decisions
1:07:06 — Salary Negotiation
1:10:01 — What happens when you ask for too little?
1:17:04 — When you want to take the job, but the money is too low
1:31:24 — Creative confidence
1:36:00 — Post-failure decisions
Eden on Social:
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For those who want to live in New York:
Bitter Renter NYC
The Luxury of Time (w/ Tayo Jr.)
This week we interviewed Tayo Kuku (@tayojr), an engineer turned photographer. We’ll get into how he got his start, along with how he sees the world as a photographer and how that’s driven by his engineering skillset.
A couple other things we covered:
9:36 - Solving problems as an engineer > solving problems as a creative
10:29 - What happens when things go wrong…how do you change your mindset?
12:07 - Skill vs. Talent
15:43 - Expectations
19:16 - Passion vs. Frustration
22:35 - What parts of your process are special to you?
31:39 - Helping those who are just starting out
39:03 - Comparison, art/design, and social media
44:12 - Fear
48:33 - Taking your time
Check out Tayo’s Work:
As usual if you like what you’ve heard, please leave us a review in your favorite podcast apps!
Also check out more of what we’re doing with this project on Instagram @venturewip and Twitter @venturewip. Let us know if you have any questions you’d like answered on the show.
Venture: Works In Progress Trailer
Fiiiinally getting this off the ground! Venture hosts Justin Morris-Marano + Dapo Oni are just trying to figure out what it takes to stay inspired and maintain your sanity as creatives. The goal has always been to inspire by using conversation + observation as a learning tool.
Going to be inviting some of the people who are further along in their journey to hear how they figure things out along the way — not just answering our lingering questions but ones from our community.
We’d love to have you as we start this journey, and you can join us for more over at @venturewip on Instagram. Please feel free to share your thoughts on how this project can be more accessible, as we aim to help people stay inspired and motivated on their creative journey.