Since our last newsletter, we have published a dozen interviews on The Job. A dozen! Before you head out for the long weekend, subscribe to The Job in iTunes and remember why Portland is such an amazing city to dream, tinker, and live in.
Art & Design
The nice thing about Creative Mornings is let’s talk to chefs, let’s talk to biologists, let’s talk to people who are doing things entirely outside of our niche. It infuses new ideas and cross pollinates a little bit more. I think people sense that and really are juiced about that because it’s really fresh, really inspiring content.
I feel like my house and my paintings match. There’s a lot of nature and animals and the colors are the same. I think it’s just like a three dimensional reflection of what I paint in a way.
On the east side, you’ll find pockets of ranches, so you have to think of it as an historian that, okay, the Victorians laid down their houses, and then the arts and crafts people laid down their houses. That brings you up to the 50s. What land was open and available?
Food & Flowers
This was not being hoity toity, they weren’t showing off for anybody. They didn’t bring their own knives, they bring a little hamper with a bottle of champagne as a gift or whatever else and they brought a pot of salt and they had to cook what was at hand and I was really struck by that after I had already been keyed into salt.
Exactly like we’re dealing with a perishable product. I loved my customer and I loved making flower arrangements. I’ve always been passion about flowers. I’ve been working with them since I was 12 years old. It was just sort of something very natural, and I always knew I’d had a shop.
What I found out in the process of researching those cuts was that there was a real lack of knowledge about where they came from. Most of the chefs I was talking to were not doing whole animal butchery. They were ordering a bavette steak, and it would come in boxes and they would open it and cook with it.
Writers, Filmmakers & Photographers
I think that Portland is a great town for creatives, especially for people like me, directors, people with vision. You’re going to have, in a way, more chance of succeeding, I hope, in theory than in L.A. where everybody thinks they’re a director and a writer. Here, you really have to be to be recognized. You can say it, but nobody really cares.
At some point, you have to be done or you turn into a Walt Whitman changing Leaves of Grass 62 times. I like being done with the project and letting it go and letting it stand on its own and moving onto the next project.
Yeah, I can call myself a photographer, but I’m not really technologically savvy about cameras. I’m not ashamed of it, I feel like, well I like the photos that I take and they don’t really fit into a lot of the current vibe, but I like the smudgy blurry quality that they have.
The original intent was that it would just be a by the numbers, plot driven. This story’s about these five friends who go to a beach house on the Oregon coast; one of them disappears. That plot is still intact, but it has a different feel, a different emotion to it, and that’s certainly influenced by my experience.
Non-profit & Sustainability
Before people will really give of themselves to something, they have to see that the vision is clear and it’s going to happen. Whether it’s grassroots or building a dam that’s again fully funded, the key player involved has to definitely see it through and see it’s going to happen. There’s a long-winded answer to just saying persistence, ultimately.
It’s an intense process. Then there is just the physicality of gutting it and skinning it and then the physicality of putting it on your back and hauling it out of whatever ravine that you hiked into to follow this creature. It’s a very intense and deeply personal process.