Richard Douek: Copywriter/Comics Creator

By day, I am: a copywriter at BBDO New York.
In my free time, I: write comic books and graphic novels.
I got into this: because I’ve had a lifelong love of comics, and I realized there was nothing stopping me from making my own.
The best part of this side project is: getting to meet and work with other amazingly creative people from all over the world. I’ve collaborated with some very talented folks, and met a lot of comic creators whose work I deeply admire. Talking and working with them inspires me to work harder, and more creatively, both on my comics projects and at my job.

Bud Hasert: Copywriter/ Monster Maker

By day, I am: a soft-spoken senior copywriter for Proof Advertising in Austin, Texas.
In my free time, I: make monsters.
I got into this: because I’ve always loved movie monsters and Halloween costumes. In college I started learning how to make my own by maxing out my roommate’s credit cards on clay, plaster, and latex. That Halloween, we went downtown in full latex prosthetics, and were able to remain completely anonymous and safely slip into character.
It’s important to me because: It’s pure art. And it’s purely for fun.
The best part of this side project is: Even though I make “monsters,” there’s nothing quite like seeing the toughest-looking guy light up with childlike joy when he screams out, “Look! It’s a Gremlin! BRIGHT LIGHT! BRIGHT LIGHT!” And it’s a strange little hobby that once in while intersects with my advertising career. Because when a client really needs to have a cowboy riding on the back of a giant turkey for a tradeshow booth, I can probably make that happen.

Paul Malmstrom: Agency Founder, Creative Director/Musician

By day, I am: a creative director and part-time captain/janitor of Mother NYC.
In my free time, I: play, write, and record music using various musical machines that can be strummed, stroked, blown in, or banged on. (His band, Pepe Deluxe, has won an Emma Award, Finland’s answer to the Grammys.)
I got into this: fairly late in life by musician standards. When I was 14 I discovered a guitar in my parent’s basement closet. Apparently, my dad had given it a go in a particularly artistic phase of his life. That guitar was a secret door to a world that blew my fuzzy teenage mind. Yes, my mind had actual peach fuzz.
The best parts of this creative endeavor include:1. A soothing effect on your spirit much more potent than those juice cleanses everybody’s doing. 2. Time travel. 3. Discovering a pained personal life actually has a nice pitch and timbre. 4. A lot of the job can be done in your underwear.

David Frymann: Planner/Shoe Entrepreneur

By day, I am: planning director at TBWA\LONDON
In my free time, I: am the cocreator and managing partner of FURY: fierce-luxury footwear for women.
I got into this: because my girlfriend (Lisen Magnusson) is a shit-hot shoe designer.
It’s important to me because: It’s really, really satisfying to build a brand from scratch--literally from a piece of paper--and to draw on all your experience as a planner, from disrupting conventions (even little ones like having a sample size of UK 6 instead of UK 4 so more people can try them on) to in-depth interviews to help hone the design aesthetic.
The best part of this side project is: that it’s opened up a whole new world. From figuring out how to torch a flagship design for our first FURY brand shot, to trimming court shoe prototypes with a Swiss Army knife to get that toe cleavage working, to a catwalk show collaboration at London Fashion Week. A recent mantra at TBWA was “make stuff,” so I did and I love it.

Libby Gray: Digital Producer/Photographer

By day, I am: a digital producer at NY-based digital agency, Firstborn.
In my free time, I: am a photographer.
I got into this: because I’ve always been interested in and inspired by photography from a young age. But it wasn’t until I documented a road trip through the Southwest in 2010 with my dad’s 1969 Canon that I realized how passionate I was about it. The trip, and the images that came out of it, left me feeling creatively charged and I’ve been doing it ever since.
The best part of this side project is: It tests my ability to read humans, which in many ways, carries over into my professional career as well. In advertising, you need to be able to tap into what consumers want and what will ultimately strike an emotional chord with people. I think there is a lot of crossover with that and taking pictures.

Andrew O'Dell: Agency CEO/Vintner

By day, I am: CEO of Pereira & O’Dell
In my free time, I: am into winemaking, or at least attempting the pursuit of winemaking.
I got into this: because my wife and I bought a small house five years ago in Sonoma, California, with just enough land to plant a small vineyard, Gregory-O’Dell Estate Wines. We were never close to the winemaking process, so once the grapes matured, we thought we’d give it a try, although we had no idea what we were doing.
It’s important to me because: We’re originally from Tennessee, so this allows us to stay close to the country side of our lives. It’s also a great way for our family and friends to contribute to the process. The kids pick and stomp the grapes, the adults make and eventually drink the wine. We involve a lot of people, but ultimately have a very small production so our line on the label is “Made by many, enjoyed by few.” The best part of this side project is you get to consume the final result with the people you made it with.

Brian Kappel: Creative Director/Painter

By day, I am: a creative director at SET.
In my free time, I: create vintage-style paintings that feature laser-cut pieces of wood. I hand-sketch my ideas and then digitize them, cut them out, nail them to wooden “canvases” (that I build), and paint and distress them to capture the “look.”
I got into this: about two years ago, after doing a wooden robot art show at a children’s boutique here in Portland. A local coffee shop asked if I could create pieces that they could feature for a month in their shop.
It’s important to me because: it is an avenue to sharpen and hone my creativity, with no filters, no revisions, and no need to censor ideas. If an idea flashes through my head, I take it to completion--I don’t doubt ideas, it’s open season. Quite liberating.
The best part of this side project is: that it helps me to be creative in everything I do. The wheels are always turning, and that creeps into every part of my work and life.

Mark Reddy: Head Of Art/Ukulele Expert

By day, I am: head of art at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, London.
In my free time, I: collect and play early Hawaiian Ukuleles. (Editor’s note: We’re told he has the largest collection of ukuleles in Europe--over 180!--the oldest one from 1850.)
I got into this: because I used to play the saxophone, which can be very anti-socially loud. The uke however is small, relatively easy to play and only plays happy music. I fell in love with the story of its invention and have become obsessed with making a perfect historical timeline of instruments.
It’s important to me because: The ukulele helps me unwind. At least one or two travel with me everywhere.
The best part of this side project is: The ukuleles are fabulous pieces of folk art, delightful to look at and wonderful to play. My current favorite is Schierson “Hollywood” from the 1930s, made from rosewood and smothered with mother of pearl.

Mark Reddy

In addition to collecting ukuleles, Reddy is also into carving spoons from green wood. He has carved over 1,000 wooden spoons.
I got into this: because I have always made and sculpted things. Some years ago, I bought a wood of around 14 acres. What could be more pleasant than sitting quietly in a sunny clearing whittling spoons? I give them away. Half of BBH by now must eat their morning bowl of muesli with one of my implements.
The best part of this side project is: the spoons satisfy my need to stay connected to sculpture. I have hundreds arranged on every surface at home.

Nick Hughes: Rigger/Figure Skating Choreographer/Code Teacher

By day, I: am a commercials rigger at Framestore.
In my free time, I: choreograph figure-skating routines, and I am creating a real-time online learning platform for teaching physical skills in 3-D software. I’m using my 20-plus years of experience in skating and competing internationally, and my relatively new knowledge in 3-D and coding, to complete this.
I got into this: when I was 8 at a Slough ice rink because I saw some skating on the TV and wanted to try it. I found that I was finally good at something I enjoyed doing and I was very driven working towards the competitions.
It’s important to me because: it was my first love. And I had a few troubles at home so when I was able to skate to a piece of music and move over the ice feeling the rhythm, I felt like it vented all my problems.
The best part of this side project is: that skating gave me the work ethic that stays with me to this day.

Mike Jacobson: Strategist/Magician

By day, I am: a strategist at 72andSunny
In my free time, I: am "Magic Mike", a professional magician (who adamantly makes fun of magic).
I got into this: when I was about nine. I learned one trick and every adult acted really impressed. Looking back, they definitely weren’t, but even fake jaws dropping felt pretty amazing. I was totally hooked.
It’s important to me because: it helps even out the ad life. If we don’t have other passions to get our minds off work, we’ll go stir crazy. It’s awesome to have another outlet for creativity, and one where super weird, diverse experiences are built in.
The best part of this side project is: It’s helped me become a better strategist. We can’t do our job correctly if we sit inside all day, and this forces me to figure out what people are thinking and why, and then use it to our advantage. Doesn’t sound shady at all, nope. But, it’s pretty awesome.

Rani Vaz: Producer/Violinist

By day, I am: SVP, director music production, BBDO NY.
In my free time, I: play the violin. I play chamber music and am proud to have performed over 120 concerts with my orchestra, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.
I got into this… around age six and studied very seriously through my twenties. My parents are both incredibly talented violinists, and I grew up backstage at Lincoln Center, tagging along to film and record sessions with my Mom.
It’s important to me because: Preparing and performing has taught me the greatest life lessons about creativity and perseverance, and music gives me the ability to bring a living artform to life.
The best part of my side project is: re-creating a masterwork with 70 other people on stage at Carnegie Hall is pure joy and tremendous fun.

Adam Rubin: Creative Director/Children's Book Author

By day, I am: a creative director at Firstborn.
In my free time, I:write picture books for children. Four have been published so far and one made the New York Times Best Seller list.
I got into this: because I always enjoyed writing on the side but never had any grand plan to write books for children. The first book I wrote with a young illustrator named Daniel Salmieri won a bunch of awards and based on that recognition, I was encouraged to continue writing in the genre.
It’s important to me because: Writing picture books is an excellent exercise in simplicity and rhythm. It has helped me improve the brevity, clarity, and pacing of my writing. Picture books are also great examples of word-image relationships. I use the successful collaboration I’ve developed with Daniel to improve my communication with art directors and designers at work.
The best part of writing books is: Advertising is inherently ephemeral. It still gives me goosebumps when I see one of my books on a bookstore shelf.

Shira Shane: Account Exec/Spray Painter

By day, I am: an assistant account executive at mOcean.
In my free time, I: I spraypaint anything I can get my hands on--backboards, skateboards, my surfboard. Most recently I have been spraying yoga mats and selling them as wall art and for light practice use. My yoga mat line is called Moksha, which means “liberation” in Sanskrit.
I got into this: Freshman year in college. A friend’s brother did some black-and-white stencil art that inspired me to give it a try, but with my own style and crazy colors.
It’s important to me because: I think the world looks better with a splash of neon pink and gold drips.
The best part of this side project is: My art is a connection I can use to help people. Throughout my years at Stanford I have led graffiti art workshops for inner city students, inspiring kids to unleash their creative side. I have donated yoga mats to charitable fundraisers, and with Moksha Mats I will be giving a portion of the proceeds to organizations that help free women from domestic violence and slave trafficking.

Stephen Giem: Art Director/Web Humorist

By day, I am: an art director for TBWA\Chiat\Day, L.A.
By night I am: an advertising instructor at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
In my free time, I: make websites (like and that make millions of people smile. My sites have received over a million hits upon launch and have been tweeted by Demi Moore. I try not to spend more than one hour on each project, including the design and programming for the purpose of quick and fast online experiments. (Coming soon:
It’s important to me because: 1. Google keeps sending checks. 2. It’s a nice way not to take everything so seriously. 3. I’m having fun at work.
The best part of this side project is: sharing these websites with the client, watching their “Oh, my God" expression, then observing them secretly thinking how it can benefit them. Which is a great thing. Cross-pollination of creativity.

Annabel Acton: Inventor/Startup Founder

By day, I am: an inventor, ?What If! Innovation Partners.
In my free time, I: run a tech startup called It’s an online marketplace where people can sell their once loved gifts from their once loved lovers.
I got into this: because I had the idea for Never Liked It Anyway after a breakup and started sharing the idea with friends and family. Their reactions were incredibly positive--and when you work in innovation, it’s easy to determine whether enthusiasm is wild or mild. I knew there was something strong in there.
It’s important to me because: entrepreneurship is an immersive experience. All these lessons and experiences stay with me wherever I go and shape the way I see problems and possibilities. Running a startup really is innovation in action; and that’s especially helpful for my work as an inventor.

Yudelka Candelario: Account Exec/ Jewelry Designer

By day, I am: an account executive at Launchpad Advertising.
In my free time, I: design one-of-a-kind costume jewelry with my best friends. The line is about blending street culture with high society style. It is called Corner Street Society.
I got into this: because from the age of 18 to 20 we each worked designing costume jewelry samples for the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Betsy Johnson, and Ralph Lauren. We acquired a vast knowledge of the industry, a strong skill set, and saw an opportunity.
The best part of this side project is: My daily life as an account executive challenges me strategically, tactically, and analytically. Corner Street Society challenges me creatively and pushes me to break outside of my professional comfort zone. Everything I have learned in my professional field, I have been able to apply to Corner Street Society. The same principles apply to both aspects of my life. I have to constantly be aware of industry trends, look at the competitive landscape, research the target market and insights, search for new opportunities, and come up with fresh ideas.

Zoe Kessler: Creative Assistant/Sculptor

By day, I am: a creative assistant at BBDO.
In my free time, I: make sculptures.
I got into this: by growing up in a family full of artists and creative thinkers. I studied sculpture and art history, and it has remained a big part of my life post-grad.
It’s important to me because: This acts as a means to tap into my passion outside of work and offset my usual day-to-day administrative projects. It’s important to me to feel like I can own every decision and aspect of each project from beginning to end.

Tim Delger: Art Director/Furniture Designer

By day, I am: a senior art director at Pereira O’Dell.
In my free time, I: designed and built a collection of one-of-a-kind furniture pieces using old street signs.
I got into this: a few years ago when I had the idea to build a coffee table with an old sign I had lying around. The table got lots of positive reaction, so I decided to build a few more pieces.
The best part of this side project is: that it provides a unique design challenge and a level of creative autonomy.

Matt Fisher: Developer/Drone Maker, etc.

By day, I am: a senior developer at digital production and design company, Jam3.
In my free time, I: love to create and build various projects that foster and build on my interests and current skill set. Whenever I have the urge to start creating something or have a question that I need answered, I immediately just start building. My projects range from autonomous drones to finding ways to get paid to heat your home.
I got into this: because I have a father who always fostered my creative side by teaching me the fundamentals of both physical fabrication and attention to detail.
The best part of this side project is: gaining new knowledge and skills that I would traditionally be unavailable to someone who was just a computer programmer. Integrating software with elements in the physical world creates an endless collection of new concepts to research, test, and learn from.

Mark Aver: Design Director/Publisher

By day, I am: a design director at Mother New York
In my free time, I: co-run a photo book publisher called ArtBookClub.
I got into this: as sort of as a joke at first. Some friends and I thought it would be funny if we had a book club where we only looked at photography books. The funny idea soon turned into what sounded more like a fun idea. The natural progression was for us to start making our own books. Two finished books later (and two more in the pipeline), it’s a publishing company with distribution all over the world!
It’s important to me because: As a creative working on gigantic brands, I missed the satisfaction and sense of ownership that comes with making my own singular design objects.
The best part of this side project is: getting to be our own client. Most of us come from some version of a punk rock/DIY background, so it’s in our DNA. It’s also a great excuse to nerd out on photo and art with some of my closest friends.

Josh Shabtai: Creative Director/Game Maker

By day, I am: a creative director at JWT New York
In my free time, I: I’m cofounder of lm/nl, a studio that makes games that blur the lines between reality and fiction. We made Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner for iPhone (pictured), developed the augmented reality toy Lazer Tag: AR with Hasbro, and are now trying to change the way people interact with comic books with The Lone Ranger.
I got into this: as a lark. I’ve always been developing alternate reality games and am obsessed with Star Wars. I found an opportunity to make the first augmented reality Star Wars game with an extremely talented development team. It did well…and things took off from there.
It’s important to me because: It’s a direct connection to my youth--or at least the part of my youth in which imagination trumped everything else.
The best part of this side project is: I’m making things that are fundamentally altering the way lots of people are interacting with the world. I don’t know if I’m inventing the future, but lm/nl lets me invent afuture.

Jeff Smith: Editor/Documentarian

By day, I am: an editor at DeutschLA.
In my free time, I: am a documentary filmmaker making a doc on Arrested Development. As superfans, my partner and I interviewed over 200 fans across the country along with major cast and crew of this one-of-a-kind show.
I got into this: over five years ago. We came up with the idea while camping in Yosemite. We felt the show never got the fair chance it deserved and warranted a documentary.
The best part of this side project is: that it has allowed me to expand on my creativity. It will also make it easier to get that next project going.
(From left to right, Neil Lieberman, producer of the documentary; Will Arnett; Jeff Smith)

James Townsend: Brand Director/Screenwriter

By day, I am: a group brand director at 72andSunny.
In my free time, I: write screenplays (such as Belly of the Beast, starring Steven Segal, and Undisputed II: Last Man Standing) and do other weird film projects like produce classical-score music.
I got into this: totally by accident when a friend found out I was obsessed with stories and thought it was amusing that I didn’t really know anything about movies.
It’s important to me because: if all I did was advertising, I’d need to get out of advertising.
The best part of this side project is: it’s not a side project. It’s an integral and complimentary part of the whole thing. People in creative agencies need to be able to get to the point, make themselves clear, understand story on a micro and macro level, all while getting the crap beaten out of them and dealing with potentially crazy people with lots of power. Say no more…

Jaime Robinson: Executive Creative Director/Yarn Spinner

By day, I am: executive creative director at Pereira & O’Dell
In my free time, I: hand-spin my own yarn on a spinning wheel.
I got into this: because I always loved knitting and wanted more control over what my yarn looked and felt like.
It’s important to me because: I can make things that nobody else in the world has!
The best part of this side project is: When the apocalypse happens, as long as there are sheep still living on Earth, I can make us all sweaters to keep us warm!

Gabe Garner: Digital Development Exec/Miniatures Collector, Painter

By day, I am: SVP, digital development at Firstborn.
In my free time, I: I collect and paint miniatures for tabletop games. Tabletop games are like video games only without electricity. Everything is figured out manually with statistics and we all roll dice and move little painted men around a table. I’m especially partial to a game called Blood Bowl and another one, called Warhammer 40k.
I got into this… About five years ago when a few agency buddies and I started playing Dungeons and Dragons once a week. As part of the whole experience, I bought and started painting some miniature figurines, figuring I’d suck at it, but I got hooked.
It’s important to me because: It’s just the right amount of creativity and work to keep my attention. It’s sort of a Zen thing. Come to think of it, knitting would probably do the same thing. But if I did that then I couldn’t say the words “space marine” in an interview questionnaire, so I guess I’m good.
The best part of this side project is: I think I just need to do something with my hands. It’s a tangible thing that I can hold up to someone and say “See? I did that.”

Charlie Hopper: Agency Exec/Songwriter

By day, I am: a principal at agency Young & Laramore and founder of the restaurant marketing blog
In my free time, I:am a country music songwriter and am trying to sell a song in Nashville.
I got into this: a few years ago when I suddenly made the connection that writing advertising isn’t all that different from writing a country song: the “hook” is like a well-written headline; the verses support the overall concept concisely but entertainingly. “Why not try and sell a song?” I naively said. So I started driving the five hours from Indianapolis to Nashville to take songwriting classes because writing “rock” songs is totally different from writing a saleable country song.
It’s important to me because: it’s a puzzle, like musical Sudoku. I’m also a regular columnist on the topic at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, so that almost justifies the entire quixotic quest.
The best part of this side project is: the near impossibility. You’re not supposed to be able to sell Nashville a song while you live in Indianapolis--but I keep thinking I’ll defy the odds. It’s the same reason the Large Hadron Collider scientists keep looking for the God particle.

Lisa Nelson-Sherwood: Inventor/Doula-in-Training

By day, I am: an inventor at ?What If! Innovation Partners.
In my free time, I: I moonlight as a doula in training. I help mamas keep rhythm during labor and help babies come into the world.
I got into this: because dear friends of mine asked me to be their doula. I had zero experience, but I did know firsthand the comfort and steady presence a doula brings to labor. So, while it was terrifying, that weekend I signed up for doula training.
The best part of this side project is: I learn a great deal from each birth I attend. This impacts how I handle every aspect of my life, including my ‘day job’ as an inventor. Like labor, I try to recognize what seems to be working early on so that when things feel unwieldy or panic strikes, I pause and try to bring everything back to rhythm.
(Lisa is pictured, left, with her daughter Nola and her friend Yoko, with son Takuma.)

Congcong Shu: Account Exec/Leather Craftsman

By day, I am: a senior account director at JWT Shanghai
In my free time, I: make leather goods by hand and like to share them with my colleagues and friends.
I got into this: two years ago when I decided to make a special handcrafted gift for someone special.
The best part of this side project is: the pleasure of learning new skills and the joy of making things. I like to use my hands. It inspires my creative side, which helps me in the work I do.

Stuart McCreadie: Copywriter/Hand Cycler

By day, I am: a senior copywriter at JWT South Africa
In my free time, I: am a competitive paraplegic hand cycler.
It’s important to me because: Handcycling is freedom and excitement--it’s a very physical activity (obviously), which is a good break from the mental activity of work. I took part in the Paralympic Games this summer in London. It was an opportunity to justify the blood sweat and tears of training by racing against the best in the world--magic.
The best part of this side project is: I can go big on calories with less of a guilt complex, and with less weight my friends find it easier to drag me up stairs.


Time To Get Something On The Side: 30 Inspiring Passion Projects And Why You Should Have One

From magic and music to drone making—creative types share their passion projects and how these extracurricular outlets don’t just boost sanity—they feed back into their day jobs.

Note: This article is also included in our year-end creative wisdom round-up.

Can painting a rock help you in your professional life? What about performing card tricks? Painting, sculpting, writing children’s books? If you’re a creative professional, the answer’s likely yes. Those who choose to be creative for a living are driven by the need to bring their ideas to life. But the vagaries of work, including client demands and long hours, often get in the way of the real business of being creative.

Jeff Goodby’s rock fruit art.

But as those who manage to pick up a paintbrush or whittle some wood in their free time understand, creative stimulation outside of work is not a fanciful luxury. It’s a necessity that allows them to unwind, find their discipline, own creative decisions, gather stories and experiences, or satisfy the need to work with their hands.

Wanting to understand how artistic or unusual side projects help fuel professional inspiration, we turned to the ad world. Billed as a ‘creative industry’ but bound to clients’ business needs, it’s equal parts artful and agonizing. As expected, the industry is teeming with creative people—from founding partners and CEOs to creative assistants, strategists and account execs—with fulfilling creative side projects. You can see the wildly varied creative output in the slideshow above.

"Go Supersonic" from Pepe Deluxé, the pop band of Mother creative director Paul Malmstrom.

Jeff Goodby, namesake CD of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, paints rocks to look like fruit. Why? Because it’s fun, creative and novel. Paul Malmstrom, creative director of Mother, fronts an award-winning pop band. Pete Favat, managing partner and CCO of Arnold makes furniture from found objects. David Frymann, planning director at TBWA\London runs a shoe business that designs the fiercest women’s shoes you’ve ever seen. As Frymann says, "A recent mantra at TBWA was ‘make stuff’, so I did and I love it."

Aside from personal satisfaction, many of the people we spoke with find that their extracurricular activities loop back directly to their work life.

Adam Rubin, creative director at Firstborn and children’s book author says that writing picture books has improved his communications skills overall. "It’s an excellent exercise in simplicity and rhythm. It has helped me improve the brevity, clarity, and pacing of my writing. Picture books are also great examples of word-image relationships. I use the successful collaboration I’ve developed with my illustrator Daniel Salmieri to improve my communication with art directors and designers at work."

Pete Favat’s found-lumber creation.

The sense of ownership is also a common theme among creative professionals with ambitious side projects. Mark Aver, design director at Mother has channeled his energy into a book publishing company. "As a creative that works with gigantic brands on a daily basis, I missed the satisfaction and sense of ownership that comes with making my own singular design objects," he says.

For others, the connection to work is more closely tied. Matt Fisher, a senior developer at Jam3 and hobbyist inventor, considers each project he undertakes—which range from a drone plane to an automated greenhouse to a data furnace to a voice-activated home automation project—is simply a matter of expanding his technical skill set. "Having the ability to skip a large portion of the R&D process and come to conclusions based on prior experience puts me at a greater advantage when developing cutting-edge industry-related projects," he says.

At the end of the day, however, it’s all about sanity, isn’t it? No matter what field of work you’re in, the grind and pressures of office life run the risk of overwhelming and suffocating a creative spirit. "If we don’t have other passions to get our minds off work, we’ll go stir crazy," says Mike Jacobson, who by day is a strategist at 72andSunny and moonlights as a professional magician. "As cliché as it sounds, it’s awesome to have another outlet for creativity, and one where super weird, diverse experiences are built in." Hear, hear.

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  • doubleux

    Great article - I work in an office w/ no windows and its suffocating outside. I've definitely missed the arts and the freedom I feel when involved.

  • Posts and Pens

    Love this article! As the others have already mentioned, it's a welcome alternative to an otherwise regimented lifestyle at work. I'm a corporate communication practitioner who misses writing. Whenever I get the chance, I blog, update my journal, or write letters. In short, I grab any opportunity to burn pen on paper (with the exception of blogging). Push boundaries and you realize, there are no boundaries at all when you let your passion take over.

  • Kristen Chidester

    creating art and challenging yourself keeps evolution moving . . . very inspiring!

  • Nate Davis

    Thanks for pulling these all together Rae Ann! Both a good reminder and an inspiration. 

  • Lloyd Lemons

    I enjoyed this article very much. My situation feels, perhaps, slightly reversed. I'm a writer. I write content for business, but I also write about  bicycles and cycling for people of a certain age. I'm stuck in the office all day trying to come up with new ideas and new ways of approaching older ideas so that I can continue to be interesting and relevant. I've recently decided to start teaching safe cycling to adults, and also teaching a class in alternative transportation for people who have lost their drivers licenses. I won't make much money from this endeavor, however, I think it will give me perspective into what people are thinking about the role of the bike and the safety and utility of cycling. 

  • Josie

    I love this! I started doing some passion projects in my spare time to expand my creativity and do more of what I love to do. I found it has helped me so much and it just makes me happier! I'm pleased to learn that others are doing it too! 

  • Rae Ann Fera

    Very cool. A great, tactile creative endeavour. Though knitting needles intimidate me (as do kettlebells!) - Rae Ann

  • Rae Ann Fera

    Hi Ruby, 
    Your father does lovely work! I have to say, I was completely blown away by the responses I got when I began putting out the feelers for this article. These 30 projects were chosen from over 150 sent to me. It was truly inspiring to see how active and creative people are in their own time. It made me feel a little bit like I should pick up that camera again :)Rae Ann