Designing the Dream

Photo of Owen Chen

The story begins exactly one year ago, I had just graduated from my four year graphic design program and had been jobless for months. As typical as Asian parents can be, my parents were worried and asked everyday if I had applied anywhere for work.

At the time, I had no notion of what I wanted to do. But I knew I didn’t want to do print design, as it is slowly fading away. Advertising did not interest me either, as I don’t see it producing any true value.

That’s when I discovered the Digital Design program at VFS. At the time, I thought the combination of traditional design and motion graphics could produce very interesting results and unique design solutions.
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Five Tough Bosses…. and How to Deal


Five tough bosses

Humans are flawed and bosses are humans and therefore, plenty of bosses are flawed. The bad news, of course, is that there is little to nothing you can do to rid yourself of a bad boss in the short term except look for a new job. You can also sometimes — sometimes — outmaneuver and/or outlast a bad boss.

But really, your energy is better spent learning to deal with the difficult people. While there are some people who operate in genuinely bad faith, most bosses are doing their best, just like you are. But the first step to getting along is figuring out what sort of boss you’re dealing with.

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Filterati + Paparazzi

I sat down to chat with Ryan Hoback and Matt Dale, recent Vancouver Film School students who graduated into full-time Filterati – represented by Filter, the agency where I’m a Talent Manager. We started the conversation joking about the fame that comes along with agency representation, and made some inevitable Entourage references — since I brought the ‘paparazzi’ along for the photo shoot. Then we quickly got down to business with the interview.

Filter, the digital solutions agency where I work, has recently teamed up with VFS to help students find jobs after graduation. Since my job (all day every day) is to work with companies to find talented designers, I was curious what the process was like for Ryan and Matt from the other side of the fence.

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