10 episodes

Welcome to Crash Courses by Closer&Closer. A podcast about expanding your creative capacity. Each week we interview inspiring creatives to help you grow your freelance career.

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Welcome to Crash Courses by Closer&Closer. A podcast about expanding your creative capacity. Each week we interview inspiring creatives to help you grow your freelance career.

    A Method to the Madness with Jackie Roberto

    A Method to the Madness with Jackie Roberto

    In this episode, Jackie Roberto (Project Manager turned Agent) from the Closer&Closer team talks about project management. Why? Because there’s a method to what can sometimes be the madness. It’s one thing to be good at your craft, it’s another to deliver it. Good project management can lead to more projects and stronger relationships. This episode is moderated by Tristan Almario (Artist Marketing & Partnerships, Closer&Closer) and Dave Arcade (Illustrator, represented by Closer&Closer).

    • 35 min
    Peeling Back the Curtain on Digital Murals with Dave Arcade

    Peeling Back the Curtain on Digital Murals with Dave Arcade

    Dave Arcade is giving you a peek inside his mind and approach to digital murals. He is an Illustrator with a background in graphic design. His style is born of his inner designer doing its best to talk down the numerous influences of his youth. He’s a total 80’s kid and a descendant of the Hanna-Barbara and Chuck Jones lineage, so it should come as no surprise that his style is straight-up cartoons. His pieces are absurd and complex and demand more than a passing glance. If he's not pining over music gear he’s doing work for brands like Google, Nickelodeon, Disney, Adobe, Activision, and Discovery Channel. Moderated by Tristan Almario (Artist Marketing & Partnerships, Closer&Closer).

    • 54 min
    Talking TikTok with Monique Aimee

    Talking TikTok with Monique Aimee

    Monique Aimee is an illustrator and lettering artist from Connecticut and now living in Boston. She studied illustration at Lesley University College of Art & Design in Boston and typography in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a TikTok Partner and has amassed quite the following on the platform, with 51.7k TikTok followers at the time of this podcast. She creates a ton of art-centric content, from lettering tips to advice on how to price projects. You can check her out on TikTok using @moniqueaimee. This episode is moderated by Tristan Almario (Artist Marketing & Partnerships) & Andrea Mejia-Madriz (Artist Marketing & Partnerships).

    • 49 min
    Breaking In & the Importance of Relationships with Whitney Ferris

    Breaking In & the Importance of Relationships with Whitney Ferris

    Whitney is an entrepreneurial producer with an obsession for film and a passion for strategy. Beyond producing impactful, stunning creative she believes that there’s tremendous opportunity in production to find and create strategic efficiencies to build long lasting equity and growth. After producing for 10 years in the ad and entertainment space, she decided to pursue her MBA with Wharton in order to gain a forest view and build opportunities to revolutionize the production industry. She is seeking to leverage her production expertise and entrepreneurial education towards her next endeavor as a member of a leadership team and ultimately c-suite towards the future success of an organization. In this episode, we learn about her journey working from Hollywood to Advertising and the power of relationships. Moderated by Tristan Almario (Artist Marketing & Partnerships, Closer&Closer).

    • 41 min
    Do You Need Representation? Drew Melton & Dave Arcade

    Do You Need Representation? Drew Melton & Dave Arcade

    Drew Melton (Founder of Closer&Closer) and Dave Arcade (Illustrator; repped by Closer&Closer) have an honest conversation about the benefits, drawbacks, and realities of being repped as a freelancer in today's art world.

    • 36 min
    Finding Your Path as a Creative with Colin Hesterly

    Finding Your Path as a Creative with Colin Hesterly

    Colin Hesterly will be discussing all things animation, including his creative process, what it means to be an animation director, how to find clients, and more. Colin is an award-winning, Tiki Drinkie loving, Jungle Cruise vibin' California native, working as a Director and Illustrator within the animation industry. Inspired by a sense of wonder and nostalgia, his career began as a freelance artist for a variety of companies and brands around the globe. His success as a storyteller led him to produce six animated short films that each garnered a Vimeo Staff Pick. His creative process focuses on the art of 2D Animation and character-driven narrative. With work spanning across a broad range of artistic fields, from TV to Film Titles, Short Films, and Commercials. Moderated by Drew Melton (Founder of Closer&Closer).

    • 39 min

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