This week for Freelance Friday we’ve asked our friend Wade Atkinson a bevy of questions. From his role in the art world to his personal motto, this interview offers an awesome insight into the creative mind of a great guy.
Where are you searching for photography or other content needs nowadays?
To find a photographer I generally start with a binder full of business cards that I’ve gathered from reps and photographers over the years. It’s been surprisingly useful. For stock, I begin with Getty, especially now that they have enveloped Corbis.
What are you known for in the art buying/producing world?
I’m known for my positive attitude and my sense of humor.
Do you have a motto?
My personal motto is: “Always be honest.”
How about a favorite place to produce a shoot?
Although I haven’t been there yet, I am really looking forward to an upcoming shoot in Namibia that I’m producing.
If you decided not to art produce any longer, what would you choose to do?
I would pursue something else I’m passionate about. Photography and leather crafting come to mind.
How do you describe your job to your mom or someone else not in the industry?
Here is basically how I’ve described my work to my mom: “I work as a producer for advertising agencies. I manage photo shoots, create printed materials such as billboards and magazines, and I coordinate retouching and ad delivery. It’s wonderful to work in a creative industry.” She still refers to me as a “Print Publisher” though, so I’m likely not explaining it well.
What are some surprising facts about you that you would like to share?
In no particular order:
I’ve had several facial reconstructive surgeries.
Last year was the best year of my entire life.
I’m ethically non-monogamous.
Beets are my least favorite food by a large margin.
What is the last piece of creative that caught your attention?
The Time magazine cover by Nate Gowdy. It’s clear from the shot that he wasn’t positioned in a place to get a good picture, and that did not stop him from capturing magic. The image is iconic and wonderful.
What do you love about your job?
I love creating, I love collaborating, and I love solving problems.
What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday?
Doing something awesome with my nesting partner and her kiddos.
Thank you Jimi Stine for help with the post.