We had the good fortune of connecting with Harrison Weathers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Harrison, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
To be honest, it was all I ever really wanted to do. Finding a way to not be a starving artist was what led me to Graphic Design. Design gave me an opportunity to show my artistic capabilities while also helping businesses create growth and helping companies take the next step. The ability to help a company or individual bridge the gap between what they want to say and how they want to show it is what really excited me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the thing that stands out to me when I think of my work is the energy that is portrayed. There is plenty of motion and it has a very fun personality that shines through. I also think the ability to switch between styles to meet the client needs is something that I am very proud of. I would say the challenge of moving from Missouri to California to try my luck on the West Coast was my biggest hurdle. I found a place, OOPM Creative, that let’s me scratch my creative itch and I get to make cool things for clients that are seen around the world. Overall, my story is just a Midwest kid who wanted to make money doing art and he found a way to do so, and was able to do it in the California sunshine. Not too shabby if you ask me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are definitely starting down in OB with some breakfast at Wonderland, because who doesn’t want to eat chicken and waffles overlooking the ocean? Am I right? After that we play it by ear, but hit some of my favorite hiking spots Torrey Pines, and then head a little East to Laguna Mountain and check out the sites. For the night life we would hit Adam’s Avenue and grab a few drinks at The Rabbit Hole, and Rosie O’Grady’s and then if there is a band playing we could either hit up the Observatory in North Park, or the Music Box downtown. I also love to do the Rooftop Cinema downtown nothing better than watching a movie outside, and on top of a building with a great view of the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ya, there have been plenty of people that have helped me get to the point that i’m at today in my career. Family and friends were there every step of the way and are still constantly pushing me to be my very best. There is, however, one person who I literally wouldn’t be where I’m at without them. My mother’s cousin, Casey Twenter, helped me so much along the way and has served as a mentor to me for the creative field. He is incredibly talented in his own right when it comes to design and script writing, but is always willing to help me figure something out, or to let me bounce ideas off him. So for that, I say; Cheers! haha.
Harrison Weathers, Blake Hatfield