RYAN WEARS G-HAWK
1. Think Big: Share your dream in 50 words or less.
I'm living my dream. I have some short-term goals
ahead of me, but I never imagined I would be as blessed as I
am today. Having worked on such amazing projects over the
past 10 years, and loving every day of it, is more
than I could ever hope for.
2. What did your mom think you would be?
I think she knew I would be an artist to some
degree. All that I ever did as a child/adolescent was
draw and paint- even when I was supposed to be doing
school work. Her father (my grandfather, Alfred) was a
very talented and successful artist his entire professional
life, and I know she saw that same spark in my
brother and I.
3. When people say “you can’t do that”, how do you respond?
Well, that depends on the specifics, but I would say I
definitely enjoy pushing the boundaries of what is
expected- from both myself and from clients. I like the
challenge of opening people's eyes to something
new, something different.
4. Why do you do what you do?
I read an amazing quote recently that pretty much
sums it up for me. It said something to the effect
of "To create is not just a passion. It's a
compulsion." I find that very true for myself.
Although I absolutely love to create art, I find that it's
absolutely necessary for me. My well-being
depends on it.
5. What has been the best moment and the worst moment so far?
Professionally speaking, the best moment for me was the
first time I was nominated for a Grammy award
in the packaging category. We've had some very proud
moments as designers- being featured in some amazing
publications, receiving some very kind words from many of
our design "heroes," and having the opportunity to work with
some amazing clients, but nothing beats that morning I
received a phone call from my brother regarding
the Grammy nomination. I was truly floored.
As for the worst moment, there have been some less-than-
desirable moments dealing with difficult clients.
But overall, I can't pinpoint a specific time when
things were particularly stressful. And recognizing that, I'd
say I'm very fortunate.
6. Planes, Trains or Automobiles - what’s your favorite
mode of transportation?
I like to drive. I enjoy road trips and the like, so I
would definitely say automobile. However, I will
definitely take advantage of an airplane for those more
distant destinations. I wouldn't say I love to fly