Since graduating from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Graphic Design program in 2002, Sarah Truly Beers has tackled a fair share of amazing creative projects for the entertainment industry. Currently Beers is a Senior Project Manager at Marvel and during her career she has worked on a variety of creative projects that includes everything from merchandise to packaging for major productions like the Iron Man franchise, The Incredible Hulk and the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The FIDM Digital Arts team recently had the pleasure of catching up with Beers, who gave us career tips, and also some fun tidbits what’s currently inspiring her. Read more about Beers in our 2010 interview here.
10 Questions with Marvel Studios’ Senior Project Manager
FIDM Graphic Design Grad Sarah Truly Beers
1. Proudest moment of your career?
“I feel lucky to have had many moments in my career that made me proud. One of those moments was when I was asked to step up and lead our team of project managers. That was a big one. Also, knowing that the decisions I make today about our creative campaigns will be implemented worldwide is pretty spectacular. There have been several moments like that when I look around and think, “this is pretty awesome!” Most recently, I traveled to London for a top secret Avengers project! It’s really not a bad gig, and I feel grateful every day to have it.”
2. Currently listening to?
“I’m currently listening to the Lou Reed tribute album, ‘Lou’ by acclaimed singer-songwriter (and friend of Lou’s), Joseph Arthur.”
3. First job in the industry?
“I first worked in the industry as a design assistant for a licensed apparel company. They really threw me in and let me soak up everything I could about that side of the fashion industry. I learned a lot of important lessons, and it prepared me for the work I do today.”
4. Your hometown?
“I’m from tranquil Rancho Santa Margarita in south Orange County.”
5. Graphic designers/artists who are currently inspiring you?
“I find inspiration in Red Cap Cards. They handpick incredibly talented designers and illustrators for their beautiful cards, and I love their aesthetic–so whimsical! Pinterest is also a great resource for finding and following designers and artists.”
6. Are you working on any projects that you are at liberty to talk about?
“I’m currently working on campaigns for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron! But I am sworn to secrecy and can’t say more than that!”
7. What portfolio advice do you have for entry-level graphic designers?
“iPad and digital portfolios are all the rage, and I agree it’s REALLY important to have your work on a digital platform so that it’s easily accessible; however, I am an advocate for tangible portfolios – and I don’t mean printouts in a black folder. MAKE something. Print out all your favorite pieces. Make a collage. Make a book! Blow up your pieces into posters, or shrink a few select items into miniatures. Glue everything to pieces of wood and bolt them together. Laminate, glue, stain, make professional prints, etc. Make it YOU. Make it memorable.”
8. LA’s best kept secret?
“One of LA’s best kept secrets is definitely Wattles Gardens Park & Community Garden. It’s a perfect place for picnics hidden in the Hollywood Hills. We get so caught up in our busy lives that we very often forget to stop and rest or reflect. I’m currently obsessed with finding parks and natural spaces in the city to relax and chill.”
9. Your FIDM experience in three words?
“Community, imagination, spark.”
10. Best advice for aspiring graphic designers?
“Figure out what industry you would prefer to specialize in, but allow yourself to be open to other opportunities. Sometimes when we focus too hard on a very specific goal, we miss bigger and better opportunities only because we couldn’t imagine pursuing them.”
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