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JAMIE DRAKE INTERVIEW- QUESTIONING YOUR FUTURE?/
Questioning Your Future?
answers key questions concerning how to make it in today’s challenging market.
Jamie Drake, ASID,
FINDING A JOB, keeping a job and making it to the top can be a tough and challenging path to navigate. Darrin Brooks, a member of the Student Advisory Council and professor at Utah State University, recently sat down with Interior Design Hall of Fame designer Jamie Drake and asked key questions about his experiences. Drake and also took questions from students about design, life, and advice for the future.
DB: Jamie Drake, it is a pleasure to catch up, as always; how are things in New
example, in New York state interior designer’s fees are subject to sales tax, those of architect’s are not, even when supplying the same services. That isn’t just. Only legislation can change that.
AGREED. ANOTHER KEY in elevating the profession is the NCIDQ exam.
DB: Why should one take the NCIDQ exam? JD: Passing the exam and becoming an ASID professional adds an imprima-
JD: New York is always vibrant with visual stimulation and cultural excitement,
tur of knowledge and organizational finesse, especially to a professional who is familiar with how rigorous the test is.
but I am happy to report the economy has come alive again too.
DB: Great to hear, Jamie. As you know I too am a member of ASID and it is great
I REMEMBER GETTING my NCIDQ certificate when I had passed the exam, and it is such a great feeling and stepping-stone in one’s career. IN TODAY’S ECONOMY I know students have lots of questions about the future.
DB: What advice do you have for emerging professionals, fresh out of school? JD: Don’t lose hope! Often the best time to start something is in a bottom period:
to know that are you as well. How did you get involved in ASID? JD: I had been a member of ASID for a number of years, but not involved, when I was asked by a fellow member who was planning a chapter house tour fundraiser whether I had a project that could be shown. I had just finished a very large and lavish townhouse on the Upper East Side, and it was the “must see” of the day. The great byproduct was getting my name, face, and work known by fellow designers, suppliers, and editors who previously were unaware of me.
DB: Why did you choose ASID? JD: I joined because I always felt that the industry needed a unified voice. That
there is only one way to go but up! More prosaically, I suggest being open to employment in places other than a designer’s office. Retail stores, medical facilities, showrooms and other venues offer design related options.
YOU SEE A lot of applicants of those seeking employment with your firm.
DB: What is the biggest mistake you see on student’s resumes? JD: Typos and misspellings! Sloppy. Bad.
stands today more than ever.
DB: In a tough economic times, some think a good way to save money is to let
their membership in professional organizations expire, what would you tell someone considering that? JD: Networking can build business, careers, and opportunity. The most valuable networking is often accomplished through organization events.
THAT CAN BE a quick deciding factor for many employers who seek those with attention to detail. Those are absolutely details that cannot be overlooked.
DB: Along with your book, New American Glamour, What book do you think every interior design student should read? JD: The dictionary! Without a good vocabulary how can one explain one’s concepts with conviction and passion?
TOUGH TIMES OFTEN create tough questions we all must consider and it is important to invest in that which will move you forward especially in your career.
DB: Speaking of investments, legislation is a hot topic right now, how do you
feel about interior design legislation? JD: I think that anything that elevates the image of our profession and protects our right to practice and charge on an even playing field is very important. For
WOW, JAMIE, GREAT advice. I asked a group of my students at Utah State (Meaghan Murray, Ali Tanner, Jessie Lambourne, Kelsey Empey, Audrey Jackson, Kelvin Findlay and Calli Bingham) what they would ask you, given
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Access - Fall/Winter 2010
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Meet Your Student Advisory Council
2010 Student Chapter Awards
Student Chapter Updates
Questioning your Future?
ASID Forges a New Partnership to Promote Design for Social Impact
Meet Your Emerging Professional Advisory Council
The Fellows Project
Landing the Job
NYC Student Design Challenge
Student Design Challenge
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