322 - Tough Love with Mark Brickey and Friends

Ryan Besch & Allan Lorde share their career obstacles while Mark Brickey, Derrick Castle and Connie Collingsworth of Print Mafia offer the Tough Love.

Part 01: Ryan Besch from Your-Cinema.net

Ryan Besch is a very talented illustrator designer who once worked alongside Mark Brickey at Hero Design Studio. Ryan took a break from full-time design to focus on the birth of his second and third kids. He’s now out from under the full-time parenting role and ready to get back into the design community. He’s got a tremendous amount of talent and keeps busy with client work but suffers from one major character flaw… SELF DOUBT. Ryan is stuck in his head overthinking, over analyzing all of his next career moves to the point where sometimes he can’t seem to set himself free to make a decision. 

Part 02: Allan Lorde of allanlorde.com

Allan finds himself working a day job that doesn’t challenge him or leave him creatively satisfied. He feels like he has been on the sidelines of design for so long that it seems like he’s having a hard time putting himself back into the game. After long hours, being a dad and husband Alan is finding it hard to find both the time and inspiration to get his illustration game strong.

Part 03: Derrick Castle of StrawCastle.com

Derrick Castle lives in the outskirts of Nashville and is a father of two. He knows about putting the career on pause to raise the family and he knows what it’s like to lack a active design community. However, through his found love of hand tile printing he discovered a Instagram following and learned how to became one of Nashville’s shining design stars. He shares his experiences relatable to Ryan Besch. 

Part 04: Connie Collingsworth of PrintMafia.net

Connie too, just like Allan, has a job, a son and a wife. She has built one of the most respected names in the history of Gig Posters, all while holding down various part time to full time jobs and raising her son to be a full grown man, all while keeping the life balance to spend with the love of her life, her partner Stacey. She has overcome all of the obstacles that Allan has, but never once saw them as obstacles, because nothing could ever stand in the way of her passion for Print Mafia. She didn’t raise a business around a family, the family raised the business. She offers her story to show Allan that you can have your creative cake and eat it too!