Jimmy: Lemmetellyasomethin…I have been here a looooong time! Haha…My role has changed here a lot. When I was first hired, I actually was the only creative on staff. So, I took pictures of the shoes. I designed the emails. I designed printed inserts. I worked on the site. My duties have grown a lot since then to include art directing photoshoots, designing our various packages, and I still work on most of the printed needs of the company. I really wish there was a way to clone myself because there certainly aren’t enough hours in the day.
We do have quite a number of wonderful things going on at all times! As an art director, where do you go for inspiration?
J: It’s really not hard to get inspiration working here! My coworkers are awesome and crazy, so they inspire me everyday, even if I don’t want to be inspired. 🙂 I also go to blogs and pay attention to what’s happening in music, films, theatre, magazines, etc. As a creative, I get inspiration from the uncanniest of things…
There’s never a dull moment, that’s for sure! You’re known for your quirkiness around the office. What are some other gigs you’ve had before you landed this one?
J: Tons…but the one that stands out in my mind is one that I had when I was 16. My dad’s duck club needed all the decoys retrieved, cleaned and repainted. So I agreed to do that as a summer job. I went out there with him, piled about 200 decoys into the back of a pickup and took them home, soaking them in one of those kiddie pools so the dirt could be scraped off of them. Then I painted new eyes, feathers and details on ALL OF THEM. Took me all summer to do, and, not gonna lie, I think something was growing in the pool by the time I was done.
Sounds crazy! What’s been your favorite shoot thus far?
J: It’s been an evolution. After almost every shoot, I feel like that is my favourite. Which is good, I guess, yeah? I feel like each shoot keeps getting stronger and stronger. Some that have stood out in my mind are “Vivid,” “A Thing of Beauty” and “Street Brights.” “Vivid” was awesome with the energy and movement of the model. “A Thing of Beauty” was a shoot I’ve been wanting to do for years now with its mood and theatricality, and we were finally at a place to make it happen. “Street Brights” was just fun and zeitgeist-y.
We love it. It’s been really great to see the progression. Tell us something else we wouldn’t know about you.
J: You know how they say everyone in LA is an actor? GUILTY. I act, I sing, umm….I don’t dance well, but I pretend to know costume design. I don’t right good. (That was supposed to be a joke :). I told myself that I wanted to shoot a feature film and be cast as the lead. I should have been more specific and said I wanted to get paid too! It was an indie film, so it was very, very low budget. Oh well..it was still fun to be a part of! I really love theatre too! Just wish I had more time for it.
You’re a passionate one! Also, may we say that we are really feeling those sneakers on you. What made you get them?
J: Well…to tell ya the truth, sometimes I try the samples we get in the studio. Yeahuh even the heels…HA. I tried SPLASH on and they looked and felt good, so, why not?! My first ShoeDazzle purchase for myself! BTW, heels…? How the heck do you walk in those?!
A true lady can always walk in her heels! It’s officially spring. Spring has sprung and you’re really into _____.
J: Short-shorts and sweaty bods! Just kidding. Not really…but the sun is always something to look forward to. I love being outdoors, so being able to do things when the sun is out is hella nice.
You’re also the captain of our volleyball team! Care to share any details about that?
J: LOVE volleyball! I started the team shortly after we moved offices and now we’re doing pretty well. We’ve received 2nd place a few seasons so far. That championship is just waiting for us!
Sounds promising! Tell us: what do you love the most about working here?
J: I have to admit, throughout it all, the things that make working at ShoeDazzle the best are the people. I work with some of the most talented people I’ve ever come across. Not only are they good at what they do, they are genuinely good people. It makes my job easier because I can lean on them and then can lean on me. It’s fun and there’s always something new to learn.
What would you say is your favorite part about design?
J: What I like most about design is the problem-solving aspect of it. Trying to figure out what will work and communicate the message I’m trying to get across with my design in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Lastly, what’s your favorite trend on women right now?
J: Finally, an easy questions! This has been hard! I love seeing colour. I think trying different colour combos and layering is always fun and adventurous. One thing I’ve learned after working here, is not to be afraid of trying new things. Sometimes the things that don’t seem to go together, really do work!
On Jimmy: Splash Sneakers