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February 14, 2014

Q&A: Joshua Boydston on a creative-driven life

NORMAN — For many artists, a life of art is one they choose. But for Joshua Boydston, it seems art chose him.

The Lindsey, Okla., native started out his college career at the University of Oklahoma studying psychology, but before he knew it, the arts became a bigger and bigger part of his life.

Boydston now works full time as the communications director and gallery manager at the Norman Arts Council. On the side, Boydston is a music freelancer for the Oklahoma Gazette, a graphic designer and art curator.

Add in Boydston’s music and design website, Dual Tone, at, and it’s clear the young professional has a lifetime of creativity ahead of him.

Q: Why did you get a degree in psychology?

A: It was always something I was interested in during high school. I was thinking more pre-med, psychologist route but I kind of fell into journalism. I was really shy growing up so I thought I’d force myself to talk to strangers by getting into writing and then I really started to enjoy it a lot. My very first interview was with Morgan Spurlock, who did the “Super Size Me” documentary, that was my very first interview in person and after that I was just like, “Oh, it doesn’t bother me.”

Q: That was your very first interview?

A: Yeah.

Q: Wow, I’d be scared.

A: I started working at the OU Daily half way through the semester and our editor asked who wants to interview this guy and nobody did. So I just waited around and then he looked at me and asked if I wanted to do it and I said I guess.

That was kind of the first thing that felt right. So I started doing journalism. Wrote for the student paper at OU that summer and then that next spring I was an editor. I got into that role and from there I started to learn how to design stuff because we had to lay out our section ourselves. They got designers like the semester after I left. [laughing] I had to lay everything out and I kind of got addicted and it snow balled.

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