Casey Callahan

OU Major: 
Visual Communication
Graduation Year: 
2016
Current Occupation: 
Designer at Publicis Seattle
Research Mentor(s): 
Tom Davie
Describe your undergraduate research/creative experience: 
My undergraduate creative research experience was called an independent study. I met with a professor 30 minutes a week and besides that - the project was highly individually driven. If you had told me what I would create at the end of this experience when I first started, I wouldn't have believed you. That project pushed me, grew me, and made me a more compassionate, self-driven designer. For this study, I created 20 Days 20 Creatives - a documentary-based project where I highlighted 20 different creatives, the relationships they share, and what inspires them on a daily basis. These visionaries - artists, designers, writers, dancers, filmmakers, singers, photographers, creators - all have something unique and valuable to contribute to the world. 20 Days 20 Creatives reminds you to satisfy your curiosity and make your process, your relationships, and your work more meaningful. It's our experiences and the people we surround ourselves with - that gives our work life.
What was the most important thing you learned during your project, or what advice would you give to current undergraduates?: 
I learned a lot about myself and how I work. For the first time in my major, I was creating something that took a lot of personal motivation and drive. I didn't have someone over me all the time telling me what to do, I had to solve my own problems and trust myself. My advice would be to take that risk and do or create something that puts you outside your comfort zone. It will be challenging and uncomfortable, but so worth it in the end.
Do you use any of the skills or perspectives gained doing research in your current occupation?: 
Absolutely, yes. Now I have created multiple projects on my own, I'm much more comfortable in creating my own style, I communicate with people in a deeper way, and I use technical skills in video and design with much more ease.
Many undergraduate researchers are making decisions about what to do after they graduate. Having been in those shoes, what do yo: 
My biggest advice is to make sure to keep doing the things you care about even if you're not sure you will have enough time. Keep allowing the things you're inspired by and that make you happy be a big part of your life and eventually that will benefit your career path.
Do you have anything else you would like to share about your research or creative project experience?: 
I'm still growing everyday and 20 Days 20 Creatives was a big part of that - it's given me the courage and the drive to create things bigger than myself.

 

20 Days 20 Creatives website: 20days20creatives.com

My personal website: www.casey-callahan.com