We had the good fortune of connecting with Eli Turkette and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eli, how do you think about risk?
Coming from a very “adrenaline junky” lifestyle, I love taking risks! Whether it’s skydiving, cliff jumping, surfing, swimming with sharks or anything else I find myself getting into, my life revolves around risk taking. Take away the extreme sports and everyday life is still filled with risks.
The word “risk” often inherently has a negative connotation to it, usually associated with fear. “What if my parachute doesn’t work?”, “What if I get attacked by a shark?”, “What if I don’t land that promotion/client?”, etc. and that usually prohibits people from following through with such activities. I’ve come to learn that pushing through that fear/risk mentality results in some of my most cherished moments in my life.
So I welcome risk taking! If I never took risks I wouldn’t be who I am today and probably live a very dull life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art revolves mostly around the digital space. Anywhere from social media, advertisements and platform design to physical copies of photographs. Sometimes my work is just a simple social media post on mine or a client’s page, other times it’s a music video or a brand’s advertisement bringing in revenue.
I get most excited about where my work takes me. Seeing the world always fascinates me and it just so happens my passion, or work, takes me to some pretty awesome locations.
Getting to where I am today all began with inspiration from others ahead of me. “The path to success often leaves footprints” as some people say. It’s that inspiration that has since shaped itself into determination that constantly motivates me to further myself in my career. It definitely wasn’t easy and still isn’t. There’s so much to continually learn, countless hours to be put in and ways to be better. Overcoming the challenges only requires the determination to do so. If you play a hard video game level long enough, eventually you’ll beat it.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is creating something perfect doesn’t exist. Somebody, somewhere will disagree with your work and that’s okay. If you create something and love it, but tweak it to everyone else’s beliefs, eventually you’ll hate it and it’s not even your work anymore. Of course working with clients it’s your job to create their vision, not just your own but sometimes a line should be drawn so you aren’t jeopardizing yourself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta has a lot to offer for all kinds of people! Me personally would love to take a friend to grab one of the best cups of coffee at The Corner Cup Coffee and a bite to eat at SluttyVegan before heading to Skydive Spaceland for a day filled of adrenaline. Once the sun starts going down, I’d take this friend, who survived jumping out of a plane, to Buckhead to celebrate with a few drinks.
I would definitely recommend checking out all the culture Atlanta has to offer as well. There’s plenty of art, murals, unique food and entertainment to last someone awhile!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, friends and God deserve all the credit for my accomplishments. Each one continually shapes and crafts me into a better person who can take on the obstacles life has. They’ve been an unbreakable foundation in which I can constantly build my successes, failures and life on.
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