We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Irving and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
One the greatest lessons I’ve learned from my businesses is listening. It might not seem like a big deal but it’s dire that you learn to listen so you know what your client wants, even if they aren’t the best at conveying it. If you can listen and read between the lines of what they are saying it’ll help you immensely.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One of the things I’m artistically passionate about is taking photos and making composites out of them. I enjoy taking a picture and finding ways to make it pop and entertaining to look at, even if it’s only for a few seconds. When it comes to my craft I’m still learning and growing, but where I am professionally is much better than where I was a year ago. What took me several hours to do in Photoshop now only takes me a couple of minutes, and even though I’m still learning, I’m definitely proud of where I’m at and the journey it took to get me here. One of the lessons I’ve learned is to not make art just to get someone to like me. We’re all humans and there’s nothing wrong with external validation every now and then, but to constantly seek it, just for a little hit of dopamine isn’t worth it, especially with the way things are with social media. Everyone is always vying for more followers, clicks, and likes. At some point it kind of seems like a popularity contest that never ends, and that’s something I’d rather not be apart of. I make art that I’d like to see, and share it for everyone to see, regardless of what anyone thinks of it.
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?
If my best friend came to visit me I would take them to this pretty awesome sushi place called The Revolving Sushi Factory. The food is cheap, the atmosphere is lighthearted and relaxed, and there’s a variety of sushi that tastes amazing for you to over indulge in. After Sushi we would travel to a couple of Breweries in the area. I’ve always like to try different beers, and who better to do that with than your best friend. After going to a brewery we would go check out the night life of the town. I’m a huge fan of bars that have activities to keep you busy, which is why I would take them to the Punchbowl at the Battery, or to Sports and Social, either way, we’re having a good time! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I really appreciate the help from Michael Stern. He helped me start my own video production business and gave me some guidelines to follow while I was getting started. He’s won an Emmy for his writings and is pretty successful in the field, something I plan on achieving in the near future.