We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Brenstuhl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I knew from a young age that I wasn’t going to have a career in numbers/math, which narrowed down my choices a bit. But seriously, I showed some talent early on in my art classes and found myself always wanting to draw/paint. My whole family is super creative and involved in the arts, so I was always supported and surrounded by art from a very young age. I participated in summer art programs year after year and knew I would major in Fine Art after my high school senior year. Most of your life is spent at your job, so I always knew that my career had to be something I loved and didn’t always feel like “work.” Everything you see and are drawn towards is normally created by someone: an inspirational Nike ad, a painting in a museum, and a beautifully curated space. I love the feeling that you can get from seeing beautiful things around. Getting to be a part of something that makes people walk away feeling something is wonderful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My “art” changes all the time. I’m currently working for Murad as their Senior Graphic Designer and am working heavily in Visual Merchandising and print. I’m also shooting a majority of their in house photography for the digital creative side. I’m also working freelance for different clients, so I’m always adapting and working within all the other brand’s guidelines. It’s important as a creator to not just pigeon hole yourself into one category but to push yourself into others. I’ve definitely felt a little nervous or uncomfortable but that’s where I learn and grow the most. I’m proud of my progress in the past 5 years, and I’m excited for new opportunities to come. I’ve always had great clients/coworker that have taken a chance on me and trusted me to help them carry out a vision. I’ve found that if you are driven and stay positive, people will see that and will want to continue working with you. I’ve discovered more about how I want to work and who I want to be working with each job I’ve done. My brand and mystory are still evolving, but one thing to take away from me is that if you’re genuine, authentic, and focused, the right opportunities will always come your way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Due to Covid 19, my weekends don’t look quite the same as last year, haha, BUT they are still fun. If you need to start your mornings with coffee like me, head over to Alfred Coffee for your morning caffeine, and get an iced oat milk latte, you won’t regret it. If you like Brunch and fun, I’d drag everyone to Met Her At A Bar and then to the beach in Santa Monica. Pack your drinks and snacks and games, and you can spend an entire day there. After that, head to the Proper hotel rooftop for drinks and snacks. I could do this every day for a week straight.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I had just moved across the country and started a new design job for a San Diego company. I was the only designer in house at the time, and it was a little isolating. I was on set with a new photographer the brand was using (Violet Tinder Studios), and she, to this day, is my biggest inspiration and mentor. She is one of the most creative, encouraging, and empowering women I have ever met. I’m constantly learning from her when it comes to creativity and professionalismm. She always says, “Talent can take you far, but when you’re kind and a joy to work with, that can take you so much further.” She is such a joy to be around, and I try to live by her words because it’s definitely working for her.