The Norman Transcript

N-town Q/A

February 14, 2014

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

(Continued)

NORMAN —

And then I started an internship with the Oklahoma Gazette and they let me freelance after that. So I’ve been freelancing for about three and a half years since then, writing about music — which has always been what I’m most interested in writing about. And then my senior year I did event planning and concert booking and I found it was something I really enjoyed.

From there I started designing concert posters, using some of the design stuff I had learned early on. When I graduated, this job came up and it struck me that it was everything I love to do and I’ve always just had a problem narrowing it down to one thing I like. There’s just so many things I enjoy doing but I love this job. It gives me the opportunity to engage in everything I love doing. It’s a small group of us, obviously — two of us full time and some interns — so you really have to be able to do everything. I applied, thinking it was a long shot, and I’ve been thrilled ever since.

Q: That’s quite the round about way to get where you are.

A: People are always a little shocked when they ask me because they assume I was art history or at least public relations or communications or something.

Q: Were you interested in art before college?

A: Yeah, it’s always been something I loved. If I had been more talented at drawing and painting that’s probably what I would have done. But I always found myself attracted to any project or opportunity in high school that lend itself to being creative, whether it was actually making something or just creative thinking or thinking out projects.

I think I probably forgot that somewhere along the line on my way to college. I think you get this idea that you have to follow this certain track to be a success in life. But then I think back and realize that what I found myself most engaged in were things like this where I was helping others, thinking creatively, having that opportunity to create something new and bring something to the community that maybe wouldn’t have happened otherwise. And it dawned on me that that’s where I would be happiest and have the most success.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
N-town Q/A
  • Q&A: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola

    Last month, Jazz in June welcomed guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola to Norman for a two-man show that treated music fans to new takes on old and new tunes from the likes of The Cars, Lorde and John Lennon. Hunter’s unique playing style is married to a guitar-bass hybrid that allows him to hold down rhythm and melody. The result: A sound so big that you could hardly believe it was just two people. NTown caught up with the duo before its closing set on June 20 at Brookhaven Village.

    July 11, 2014

  • Q&A: Stuart Whitis finds balance between classical and digital art

    Stuart Whitis finds beauty in the age-old art of painting, but he also holds a fascination for digital creations....

    June 13, 2014

  • Q&A: Elizabeth Wheat on costuming and serendipity

    Elizabeth Wheat is no stranger to costumes. The Minneapolis native made a decade-long career out of dressing the stars of shows like “Will and Grace,” “Criminal Minds,” “My Name is Earl,” “Jonas Brothers” and “Scrubs.” After ...

    May 9, 2014

  • Q&A: Matthew Kaney’s work playful, insightful

    by Hannah Cruz Forget paint or clay, Norman resident Matthew Kaney creates art from virtual materials....

    April 11, 2014

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

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

    February 14, 2014

  • Q&A: Emily Ballew Neff comes to OU inspired

    To hear Emily Ballew Neff say it, there’s long been a joke that her mother left her in a basket on the front steps of a museum and she never left. She admits that in many ways, the joke is true: She’s a self-professed “museum rat.” The ...

    January 10, 2014

  • Q&A: Paul Moore’s work a multigenerational passion

    Paul Moore’s beginnings were humble enough, but the Norman resident and University of Oklahoma artist-in-residence is now well-known throughout the state, nationally and internationally....

    December 13, 2013

  • Eagle pendant w Jasper.jpg Q&A: Judy Osburn talks inspiration, jewelry

    Wildlife has long inspired artist Judy Osburn’s work. The Oklahoma native creates animal-themed sterling silver and stone jewelry from her home studio in Norman where she lives with her artist husband, Warren Osburn.  Judy is showing her ...

    November 7, 2013 1 Photo

  • Q&A: Vince Leseney pays forward acting inspiration

    Vince Leseney dabbled in musical theater as a child. But when push came to shove the Des Moines, Iowa, native settled on studying opera at William Jewell College and Oklahoma City University....

    October 11, 2013

  • Q&A: JUURI incorporates inspiration from dual identity

    Julie Robertson’s life is all about balance....

    September 13, 2013