There’s more creative around here than you think.
I’m not afraid to say it — If you want to have a successful creative career you don’t have to move to New York City or San Francisco. That’s unnecessary. Upstate NY has an incredible creative community.
Hell, you can find world class creative teams and freelancers statewide from Buffalo to Albany.
Of course, the design community is relatively small and widespread so it’s only on rare occasions that you can find a significant amount of us in the same room.
I was lucky to be able to attend two recent creative conferences in the immediate area. Create Upstate had a jam packed day of design focused talks in Syracuse. Tons of great educational topics and stories were shared by high caliber speakers. The second conference was Level Up Con in Saratoga Springs, which was a two day blast of speakers, food (can you say maple bacon donuts — sounds gross/delicious at the same time doesn’t it?), and networking pubs. Yes, pubs not hubs. It wasn’t until after both of these events that I realized how awesome our local design community is.
There’s an abundance of local creative talent around here. You don’t have to look very far.
Now I’m going to find another maple bacon donut.