Brendan George Ko

What do you enjoy most about your work? What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

What I enjoy the most is where my work takes me, the people I meet in the process, and how much I learn about myself each and every time.  I’m like my mother in that I always love learning and knowing as much as I can.  So while I do have this thing called an "artistic practice", it just helps me be able to sustain a lifestyle as well as giving me ability to say I have a career wandering.  

The biggest challenge I face with each project is myself.  I have a dialogue with Wil Kucey where he always challenges me, he will look at my work and be satisfied with it but he knows that I am also capable of even more.  So that voice helps me avoid being too comfortable or safe or even satisfied with my work, that I push myself each time to spite any insecurities or preconceived limitations.  

Jenn Seoyoung Kim

What do you enjoy most about your work? What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

The field of Design Management requires constant interaction and interdisciplinary collaboration with other professions. I enjoy meeting new people; especially the ones who work in different areas. It is always exciting to share ideas and communicate within a multidisciplinary group, where I can receive realistic feedback and understand others' perspectives as well. The most challenging aspect is to convince other designers and consumers about the validity of my design. Thus I try to focus on research/analysis phase of the process to back up my ideas with rational information..

What skills or relationships developed at OCAD U helped you participate in your field? 

Design Thinking, Think Tank, Human Factors and Industrial Design Studio courses had many interesting projects that turned out to be helpful for the advanced studies that I'm involved in right now. Also, ID professors encouraged and advised me to constantly think about my future career. For current OCAD U students, don't hesitate to ask questions, have positive mindset and value your experiences.

Shauna Jean Doherty

How did you get started in your career?

After university I worked a number of freelance jobs. I had a short term gallery assistant position at Hamilton Artists Inc. and commuted to Hamilton from Toronto everyday for a summer. At that point I was spending a large portion of my wage for the day on my commute. During that time I also tried to write as much as possible. I reviewed exhibitions, wrote book reviews, and even when no one would publish them I would post them onto my website. 

I also volunteered, submitted my video work to screenings, and interned. I also went to almost every exhibition opening I could find. It was important to me to network and stay present within the Toronto art scene, even though, for a number of months after graduating, that wasn't translating into a job. 

Jude Kamal

How did you get started in your career?

I started off in many different places, working for people that didn't have the same alignment as me, and that really wasn't what I was planning to do with my life. So I thought of what scared me the most, and that was starting my own business. I ignored the idea, then thought about it again, ignored it, then thought about it again and again. At that point I decided to do what scared me the most, and I am still doing it. I can't stand the idea of me working for someone else, and it drives me insane to know that I am building someone else's dream rather than mine. 

It wasn't easy, I had to work hard to establish a good foundation. I like listening to people's passion and interests so one thing led to another and I became involved with amazing people. But mainly I would say; once you step out of your comfort zone everything unfolds in unexpected ways. 

Marissa Neave

Why did you choose to attend OCAD U?

Before I attended OCAD U, I worked in magazine publishing and graphic design. I was interested in returning to school to finish my undergraduate degree, but very few programs and schools were speaking to me. I worked with a friend who was enrolled in Criticism and Curatorial Practice, and when he told me more about the program, I knew I had to apply. So much of what I had done as a creative director was curatorial in nature; CRCP gave me the training I needed to transfer my skills to another field.

Please briefly describe your current job or practice.

I am currently the programming coordinator at InterAccess, an art gallery, educational facility and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art and new media culture. I am responsible for developing and executing all of the exhibitions and events that take place in our main gallery space, and sometimes off-site events as well. 

Tatjana Petkovic

What skills or relationships developed at OCAD U helped you participate in your field? Is there anything you would have done differently?

There are so many to mention. The skill that has helped me out the most is resourcefulness. Resourcefulness is key to being a freelancer. Your ability to react and troubleshoot any situation that is thrown at you makes you very useful. This doesn’t mean it’s not okay to ask for help, but know when to ask. Don’t leave any problems hanging.

Asking the right questions for a situation helps a lot too, and asking these questions helps develops other skills in itself. Researching, being friendly, being open to new situations and environments, and being kind to others are among the other more useful skills. “Problem solving” is another important yet obvious one. I’m still developing and working on all of these.

Your relationships at OCAD U are everything. Your friends and professors become your connections. They help you out when you need it, and you help them in return.

Kira Shaimanova

What do you enjoy most about your work? What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

I've always loved getting the phone call for a new project and having all these elaborate concepts rush to my head. It's new and different every time, but I love challenges. The most challenging aspect for me is having super short deadlines. My work is very intricate and time-consuming. It involves creating my characters individually from clay, painting them, creating outfits, building the set, then photographing the final. At the very end, I do some photoshop colour adjustments and send them in the final. It's a mission to get it done, but it's so worth it in the end. Because of the type of work I do, I usually don't take on projects with a deadline shorter than 5 days. I know if I take on a super short deadline, I'll drain myself in the process and it won't be my best work. 

Sari Richter

How did you get started in your career?

After beginning my time at OCAD U, I realized I would most likely not be able to making a living as an “artist”. I also determined that I wanted to work with and help other people. Outside of my studies I had also undertaken some independent learning in psychology, purely out of interest. Until my third year at OCAD U I hadn’t heard much about art therapy, but when I attended a presentation about the profession I knew it would be a solid fit for me. In the professional art-making component of my career I’ve learned that my skills are highly adaptable to a wide range of jobs. While not academically trained as “illustrator” or “storyboard artist,” people are generally willing to recognize that skills are transferable and having a “Bachelor of Drawing and Painting” does not necessarily mean I am constrained to being a “drawer” or “painter.” 

Josh Nelson

What skills or relationships developed at OCAD U helped you participate in your field? Is there anything you would have done differently?

The presentation skills and unwavering confidence that resulted from abusive critiques, as well as constant late nights gave me a sort of creative and emotional resiliency. These skills and confidence aren't natural for me and I believe in many ways their development is unique to the OCAD U studio culture. One thing I would have done differently is networked. I would have tried to focus on it much more. In the typical undergrad way, I found my circle of friends and didn’t reach out from them often enough during the years in the University. It was much more difficult to build authentic bonds after you’re released into the real world and everyone is competing for work and trying to prove themselves.

CopyCamp 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008 - 5:15pm to 6:00pm

Ever wondered how you’ll make a living after art school? Or whether copyright helps or hinders artists? CopyCamp is one way for artists to find out.

What is CopyCamp?
CopyCamp is a day-long ‘unconference’ about making art and making a living on the Internet. A forum organized by artists ( for debate and exchange on the super hot copyright issues affecting creators in all disciplines. The first CopyCamp was held at Ryerson last year. The second will be coming to OISE in April.

Want to volunteer for CopyCamp 2008?
Come meet the CopyCamp Team* on Friday, March 14 at 1:15 pm and learn more.

(*Writers/artists Denise Bolduc, Susan Crean, Misha Glouberman and Patrick Dinnen)

Venue & Address: 
Rm 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario