Q+A: A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life: Q+A with Jamie Wells

Hi, I’m Jamie, the latest addition to the Portfolio Creative family! I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Psychology so I’m captivated with learning about the human connection and how we interact with each other. I’m also a creative with a deep appreciation of good design and a penchant for live music.

I love that I get to call German Village my home. The charming shops and restaurants scattered amongst the historic brick houses has always felt a little bit magical to me. Plus, spending the day getting lost in the Book Loft is always a good day.

Morning:

Admittedly, I am not a morning person (I’ve tried- it’s just not going to happen), so my mornings are no-frills. My routine is always accompanied by a podcast: NPR’s Hidden Brain, The Daily from the New York Times, This American Life, and Note to Self are in heavy rotation. To celebrate leaving on time, I reward myself with a venti cold brew from Starbucks. That’s when I really come alive!

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Afternoon:

During the week, my afternoons are spent helping companies connect with the top creative talent this beautiful city has to offer, but on the weekends I like spending my time catching up with friends and family, hosting get-togethers, trying out a new brunch spot, or getting out in nature.

Evening:

For an evening spent at home, I enjoy working in my flower garden, cooking dinner, or catching up on whatever HBO show I’m obsessed with. If I’m out and about, you can find me at the latest rooftop bar trying a craft cocktail (who doesn’t love a rooftop view?), enjoying a concert with friends, or sampling food from whichever new restaurant has recently opened.

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A Day in the Life: Q+A with João Carvalho

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My name is João Carvalho and I am the new summer intern for Portfolio Creative. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I moved to Columbus, OH about a year ago to pursue my MBA at The Ohio State University.

Besides family and friends, the one thing I miss the most from home is Ipanema Beach – I used to live just across the street from it. Although Brazilians are well known for their soccer skills, I played basketball in college and later on created my own non-profit to support underprivileged children through sports and education. My favorite hobby is traveling around the world – 16 countries, 13 U.S. states and counting!

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Morning:

My morning routine starts with a cup of coffee and some music, as I get ready to go to class/work – AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way To The Top” is a personal favorite.  The Fisher MBA program can be pretty intense, so on the weekends, I like to sleep in and relax a little bit.

Afternoon:

Although the job search process has been an essential part of my routine for the past year, the recruiting/staffing industry is somewhat new to me. Since I joined Portfolio Creative, every afternoon has been a great opportunity to learn from an amazing team and apply the business concepts I have learned throughout the first year of my MBA. I really enjoy the people and the organizational culture here.

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Evening:

One of the benefits of living close to OSU is that I get to use the RPAC, a massive gym complex on campus. Besides trying to stay in shape, I usually spend my evenings trying to find the balance between having my own personal time and hanging out with friends. Some of my classmates live in the same apartment complex as I do, so we often meet up to share our internship experiences and ambitious goals for our final year in grad school.


A Day in the Life: Q+A with Greg Topps

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I am the Business Development Associate for Portfolio Creative! I am originally from New Jersey, though Columbus has been home for over half my life. I am a very active person, from working out daily to playing sports on the weekends. I call Upper Arlington home.

Morning:

I like to start my day with the weather report and some daily world news, to stay in the know! Otherwise, I enjoy listening to The Loper and Randi Show on 99.7 The Blitz as I prepare for my day, which includes a protein shake that consists of a banana, peanut butter powder and chocolate almond milk...it's healthy and tastes like a Reese’s Cup! On the weekends, I enjoy cooking up some bacon and eggs or the occasional pancake!

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Afternoon:

My afternoons are typically filled with meetings, so depending on who I am meeting with, no two days will be the same. If I do not have meetings, there will be research for new opportunities. I am also consistently learning, from trends within the creative industry, to organizational changes and improvements. Knowledge is power!

Evening:

With the exception of hitting the gym immediately after work, my evening is anything but routine! One night I may be enjoying dinner with friends, going to a concert/sporting event, practicing for my Sunday baseball game, exploring Columbus during a bike ride, or just vegging out on the sofa binging on Netflix!

A Day in the Life: Q+A with Destiny Evans

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My name is Destiny Evans and I am a senior at The Ohio State University. I am majoring in Strategic Communications with hopes of working in the cosmetic or fashion industry one day. I am originally from Cleveland, OH, but I have lived in Columbus full time for 2 years. During the day I have the opportunity to work with a company that people only dream of working for! A creative environment with intellectuals who want to see me achieve so many things! When I’m not at Portfolio Creative I am in class or at home brainstorming new ideas for my brand in progress Good Girl.

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Morning:

I wake up at 8 am every day sometimes with work at 9 or class at 9:45. I try to eat smoothies in the morning before class or work so that I can fuel my day with something other than campus food. In most of my classes, all I do is write, write, write. In my writing for strategic communications course, I learn how to write for news, broadcast and many other communication writing forms. I am excited that I get the opportunity to create real writing samples for my portfolio and work on becoming a hireable candidate.

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Afternoon:

When I’m not in class I am usually at 18th Avenue Library working on work for the week or I am babysitting which has become kind of a part-time job in between jobs. It gives me the flexibility to work when I want so that I can focus more on my last year of school. It also keeps extra money in my pocket to plan trips around my school breaks.


Evening:

I have a twin sister whom I live with along with a good friend. We enjoy cooking meals together and brainstorming for our lives after graduation. We are all very ambitious and goal driven so I am always looking for our next adventure!

A Day in the Life: Q+A with Ceci Clark

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I am Ceci Clark! I am a photographer, designer, but most importantly, a creative. I was born and raised in northern central Ohio by a family of creatives. My Dad is an executive chef and my Mother redesigns dilapidated houses. This sprouted my own passions and led me to be able to be unique with my methods in my art. I currently live in Delaware, Ohio and travel frequently.

Morning:

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I am constantly asking friends if they’d like to grab brunch with me so that I can connect with people first thing. What’s better than getting breakfast food with friends! I know I should be getting my coffee from local roasters, but I’m guilty of getting Starbucks almost every day. Mornings are also my time for discovering new music and make new playlists on Spotify often. Find one of my playlists!

Afternoon:

My goal is to go on at least one photoshoot a day, so a lot of my planned shoots are in the afternoon! I spend most of my days in Columbus usually because I’m taking photos or at an event, so I spend a lot of time driving to the city. I am consistently with people and working with them to make something beautiful! I love that my job and my lifestyle go hand in hand.

I love to shoot at one time events like parties or special places like the Chinese Lantern Festival. I adore taking photos of people in environments where they thrive like their homes or their favorite coffee shop! I mainly look for spots with lots of character and color.

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Evening:

I spend a lot of nights taking photos at concerts, editing pictures, or writing + recording my own music. You may catch me at Philco in the Short North or at a show sometime!

Check out more of Ceci’s work here!


A Day in the Life: Q+A with Alexa Sison

I am a Filipina originally from Cleveland, Ohio but I’ve been living in Columbus for 9 years now—currently living in Italian Village. I am a plant lover and sustainability activist. By day, I am fortunate to being doing something I really love and have fun as a Graphic Designer at Green Growth Brands.

Morning:

Though I work in an office full-time, my mornings are always a little different. I like to check in with my body to see what it needs every day so some mornings, I need to stretch and do yoga before sitting down (or standing) to work at my desk, other days I go to the gym, do a guided meditation, or write in my gratitude journal. I like to ease into my day every morning reading emails and organize my tasks with a hot cup of lemon water or herbal tea.

Afternoon:

Every day is always so different. We have a lot of exciting things happening and a lot of different types of projects so I never get bored! We’re always challenging what we can do with our designs and rooting each other on which I think helps us all to do our best work. Some days I work on analog projects like hand-lettering for a t-shirt or blog concepts. Other days, I’m grinding away on product labels for Meri + Jayne water bottles or our recently launched CBD-infused beauty products for Seventh Sense Botanical Therapy. CBD is something I personally really believe in, and I’m so thankful to get to work and live in this world every day. I’m so happy that Katie at Portfolio Creative connected me with such a great team of people.

Evening:

I’m a hugeee foodie. My partner and I cook together at home a lot, but we also love going out to restaurants. My favorite places in Columbus are Comune and Alchemy. I have a lot of food restrictions, but those places always have options for me that make me feel good and taste amazing.

A Day in the Life: Q+A with Jackie Ayres

In the latest installment of our Columbus Creatives: A Day in the Life series, we talk with Jackie Ayres, the creative mind behind Dyetology. 

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Hi, I am Jackie Ayres the designer and founder of Dyetology. Dyetology is a line of unique, hand-dyed accessories and apparel using natural fibers. I live in Westerville with my husband, 12-year-old son, and 2 Boxers. We landed in Columbus in the late 1990’s when my husband got a job with the Columbus Police Department. I feel blessed to be living in such a wonderful city! It has a vibrant art scene, embraces and supports entrepreneurs, has many great colleges, amazing job opportunities. I could go on and on. I love being part of the community and giving back. In March of 2017, I started a mission program with our socks when I found out that socks are the most needed clothing item in homeless shelters.  I knew I could help since socks were already a part of the Dyetology line. We do a buy one, give one program with our socks. Last year we were able to donate over 500 pairs to Faith Mission and their sister organization, Choices. I hope to double that number this year. This has been one of the most rewarding things I have been able to to do with my business. (see pic of socks, see pic of me at Faith Mission dropping off, picture of my husband and son helping package up the socks, and a picture of myself and McKenzie Hopkins, the Manager of Volunteer Services at Faith Mission.  

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Morning

After getting my son off to camp (in the summer ) or to the bus stop during the school year, I love to grab a cup of coffee at Java Central in Uptown Westerville. They have the best espresso and coffee around. Try a Cortado which is shots of their rich, carmel-ly espresso with steamed half and half….you won’t regret it. In addition to the coffee, I start my day by reading a page out of a daily devotional. I find this ritual keeps me grounded and reminded of what is really important, especially when things are super busy and I am juggling a lot.

Afternoon

Dye time. After catching up in the morning on emails, blog posts, anything on the “business” side of things I go downstairs to dye. My dye studio is downstairs in our basement so I don’t have far to go!  I dye most days of the week to keep up with orders and stock for the 15- 20 art shows/festivals I do a year. Each piece is individually dyed and unique in its own way- no two are identical! 
Since I work from home and it can be really easy to not get much activity in, I take the dogs out at lunch for “our” daily walk to get some movement in our day! 


Evening

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 I’m trying to get better balancing work and my family time which means not working into the night. It’s hard when you are a business owner and work from home- it can be challenging to have boundaries between work/home life.  I try to get in a work out most days of the week in the evening. I find my evening workout is a good stopping point for work and the start of family/personal time. We have everything thing we need to work out at home with a gym set up in the basement and the garage. I love to workout in the garage and will do so most of the year until the heater in the garage just can’t keep up with the Ohio cold.

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My husband and I don’t get out on a lot of dates, but when Pearl Jam is on tour, we follow them and do big dates! (see pic of us in front of Pearl Jam sign at Wrigley)  We are getting ready to go see them in August for 2 shows at Wrigley Field and we are taking our son this time to see Pearl Jam for his first time. Fun fact, my husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this week and we saw Pearl Jam for the first time as a couple back in 1992 and that’s something we have continued to do! 

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A Day in the Life: Q+A with Laura Roccaforte

In the latest installment of our Columbus Creatives: A Day in the Life series, we talk with Laura Roccaforte, a baker and cookie decorator extraordinaire of some of the coolest and most adorable cookies we've ever seen! 

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My name is Laura and I am the face behind Bakes by Lo, a cottage home bakery that specializes in custom decorated sugar cookies. I grew up in Cleveland in a small suburban city where my high school days consisted of multiple art classes and my home life included watching and helping Mom bake whenever we could. My love for both of these carried into college, where I took more art classes for fun and “procrastibaked”, AKA baked when I should have been studying. After graduating, I thought: Why not combine both of the things I love so much? Eventually, Bakes by Lo was born and I spent every minute outside of my day job baking up cookies for friends, family, and soon enough, actual customers.
Today, my husband and I reside in Hilliard, just blocks from our local Whit’s to satisfy our daily ice cream cravings. :) 

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Morning

My best days start with a workout. My favorite: an early-morning run with the sunrise. It’s the best kind of meditation; it’s quiet, I can release my thoughts, breathe deep, and wake up with the world. It’s the best way to clear my head before the day really begins and it becomes filled with cookie ideas and to-dos.

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Afternoon

I try to keep my workday as routinely as possible. Early in the week, my day consists of standing in front of my trusty blue Kitchenaid, Tiffany, while she mixes batches and batches of dough to be made. Later in the week, my day consists of decorating the baked cookies. I like to think of my cookie as my blank canvas, and my icing as my medium. The cookie that takes 30 seconds to eat may have taken 3 minutes to decorate. A lot of love goes into each one! 

Evening


Did I mention I love ice cream? Any chance we get, AKA almost every night, my husband and I are biking, walking, driving to support our local ice cream parlors. Whit’s, Handel’s, Graeter’s, you name it, we’ve enjoyed it. In the midst of this great city, Columbus also has great metro parks that I love exploring. It’s the perfect way to escape from the bustle of the day (and work off that ice cream). I’ve lived here for 7 years now and there is so much to see and I never get sick of seeing it!
 

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Meet Our Team Series: Co-Creator, Kristen Harris

In the latest installment of our Meet Our Team series, we talk with Kristen Harris, one of our Co-Creators. Kristen, a CCAD alum, enjoys listening to podcasts, knitting, and of course spending time with her two dogs. 

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Hey there! I’m one of the founders of Portfolio Creative. Back in 2005 Catherine and I had this great idea to connect creative talent and companies who needed them and decided we were the people to do it. I’ve had a couple of different careers (so far) but always seem drawn to work that involves creativity and solving problems.

Where am I from? Here. I grew up just outside of Columbus; my family is originally from Van Wert in northwest Ohio. I came to CCAD for college and, despite big plans to move “somewhere exciting”, never left. I’ve watched Columbus become that “exciting” place to live. It has been really fun to see our city change over the years–I remember when people called it a “cowtown” but now we’re on every “cool city” list imaginable.

Morning:

My mornings usually start with a dog snuggled in bed, unless he’s whining for food because my husband is not already up. We have two dogs; Rusty’s a lab mix and Holly is a greyhound. I’m sure that you can see Rusty is not underfed, but he must have food before anything else can happen. After that, I get going with a little breakfast. I’ve been into matcha lattes lately or, when I’m feeling really ambitious, a scrambled egg and some fruit. If I’m meeting someone for breakfast that’s another story–bring on the yummy omelet or a Bizmark donut from DK Diner.

Afternoon: 

At work, every day is different which is part of what I love about my job. On any given day I might be meeting with internal team members, helping a client or one of our talent, connecting with someone in the community, or working on a new idea to make Portfolio Creative even better. I’m all about constant improvement and believe there’s always something we can make better! In general, I focus on the internal operations of our business; I love a good spreadsheet and get oddly excited about processes.

I’m mostly a tea drinker but do like to have a cup of coffee in the afternoon. I’ve been adding coconut milk instead of cream lately–it’s so delicious! When I need a brain break I put in earbuds and take a quick walk around Grandview Yard while listening to a podcast. Favorites include How I Built This, Revisionist History, Beautiful Anonymous, Balanced Bites, Boss Files, So Here’s My Story...okay, I listen to a LOT of podcasts.

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Evening: 

Unless I have the occasional work event, at the end of the day I head home to Clintonville and catch up with my hubby and aforementioned dogs. The dogs take us for a couple of walks every evening; they treat getting us outside like it’s their job. Beyond that, downtime is spent reading, crafty things like knitting, other creative projects, or conjuring up new ways to help our clients and talent. I seem to get the best ideas when I’m thinking about something else!
 

Meet Our Team Series: Co-Creator, Catherine Lang-Cline

In the latest installment of our Meet Our Team series, we talk with one of our Co-Creators, Catherine Lang-Cline. Catherine is one of our fearless leaders who enjoys karaoke sessions in the car with her daughter, traveling, and being involved in the Columbus community.

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Hi, I’m Catherine Lang-Cline and I am President and Co-Creator of Portfolio Creative. My journey into this business starts with a fine arts degree from Northern Illinois University. Illinois was where I grew up and started my career as a graphic artist. The fates delivered me to Columbus, Ohio, where my first job here was as a freelancer with Bath & Body Works. This is where I eventually met Kristen Harris, my business partner. After a number of years of working with LBrands, and in my case, freelancing around town, we conjured up the idea to help the creative community find creative people easier and from people that understood the business. Currently, I live in Upper Arlington with my husband and daughter, mostly because I found a post-modern ranch that desperately needed me to save it.

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Morning:  

I’d love to say that my mornings start out very leisurely, but it is typically a march of packing lunches, getting dressed, and getting hair done. My daughter and I have a lot of hair. Amp that up even more if I need to get to a board meeting or client meeting first thing in the morning. In the background at my house, you can either hear NPR or The Amazing World of Gumball, because my daughter is obsessed with Gumball. Car rides to camp or school can sometimes be impromptu karaoke sessions. Everything typically runs fairly smooth because I have it timed pretty well but if one thing upsets the schedule, we have a scramble on our hands. Weekends are much more leisurely, as I get to sleep in and then exercise my past-life experience of working at a pancake house to whip up something special.


Afternoon:

My work day is all day because it is life, not life balance, you piece together all of it in any way that works. Some of that discipline comes from owning a business. Some of that comes from me loving what I do. Sometimes you leave work at 4 PM knowing that you will be back on the computer after homework is done and everyone is tucked in. I love keeping it flexible and attacking things when you are up for the task, it’s just more effective. I also love jamming as much as I can in my day then getting home exhausted. It feels like I have accomplished something.

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Evening:  

My hobbies are working on boards. I know that sounds weird but that is where I spend a lot of my spare time and I love it. I love that Columbus has accepted this business so openly and with that, I want to give back in return. I serve on the board for the Greater Columbus Arts Council so evenings involve attending events that support artists in the community. I also serve as the Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Columbus Chapter, because mentoring and supporting peers is very important to me. Then I also serve on the board for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce because if you want to get things done, you have to know the right people. With that said, every single one of these groups are amazing to work with. They all feed my soul and hopefully, I can help the community in return.

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Other hobbies include a range of things including raising an awesome daughter, painting, travel, and reading. I used to have a full-on motorcycle that I rode all over the country but stopped riding when texting and driving became popular, so traded that in for a Vespa, which is still fun, but at much slower speeds. I treasure experiences over things, so the more I do for the community, my family, and myself, the happier I am.