We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Spangler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am very risk averse. However my wife is the opposite. The choice to quit my job and go freelance was motivated by my wife’s optimism. In hindsight, it was the greatest thing for my career. It forced me to put 200% into creating new work, finding clients, and navigate uncharted territory. Each time I had a success it would add a little more confidence to my next project. After a while I stopped thinking about risk. It was as though it wasn’t the same mysterious boogie man it once was.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love to create brightly colored collages, typographic quotes, and patterns using Photoshop. I started freelancing about 7 years ago and emailed about 30-50 companies per day with a pdf of my artwork. Most of them ghosted me but eventually a couple responded and I gained some clients. I would also create and post 2 new artworks per day to my social media which eventually circulated enough to give my work more visibility which helped get me some more work. I think the most valuable thing I’ve learned is to stick to what you enjoy doing and double down on it. I enjoy using vibrant colors and clients hire me because of my unique perspective. I think its important to endlessly experiment and respect the journey because there isn’t a destination in art.
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?
In Seattle, I would take them to Crescent Beach RV Park to camp on the beach and surf. I would also take them to Thai Tom and Serious Pie for some good food.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank my wife, the punk movement of the 70s/80s, and all the art school students who responded to my emails with advice when I was starting out.