How I Got Here

Creative careers are rarely straight lines.  How do careers develop?  How do people make career choices?

There is no “normal” any more. There’s constant flux in the media, entertainment, marketing and design ecosystem.

In these short video interviews, Michael Pollock talks with creative professionals whose stories illustrate some of the challenges and possibilities of a creative career. (Since client relationships are confidential, the subjects interviewed are not Pollock*Spark clients.)

The “creation myths” of fabulously successful people rarely shed much light for an up-and-comer.  Here you can inform your own decisions by listening to the experiences of your contemporaries who are still making choices.

Contact Michael Pollock to discuss your own career decisions, or if you would like to share your story to help others  »


Hear Michael Pollock describe the genesis of How I Got Here

Creative professionals share the secrets of their success

  • Christine Han, Photographer

    HOW I GOT HERE

    Photography was a career choice that revealed itself to Christine Han all in a flash - out of the blue.…

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  • Sam Utne, Innovator, Startup entrepreneur

    HOW I GOT HERE

    Sam Utne was already a professional at the age of 12.  He was a magician.  He talks here to Michael…

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  • Colleen Carney, Interior Designer

    HOW I GOT HERE

    After 10 years at Goldman Sachs Colleen Carney quit to start her own interior design business. As a teenager she…

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  • Wendell Hanes, Composer

    HOW I GOT HERE

    Wendell Hanes has made a successful career writing music - much of it for film. He tells Michael Pollock how…

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  • Erin Parks, Production Manager, Poet, Writer

    HOW I GOT HERE

    Erin Parks came to New York from Athens Georgia to build a career. She is now a production manager at…

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  • Robert Seiwert, Internet Entrepreneur

    HOW I GOT HERE

    This time: Robert Seiwert, Internet Entrepreneur, Founder Mixbridge.com, Brooklyn NY

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  • Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng, wine writer and curator

    HOW I GOT HERE

    Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng is a champagne specialist, wine curator and writer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.  She tells Michael Pollock how…

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  • Kate Pane, Painter

    HOW I GOT HERE

    Kate Pane, painter, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY.  Kate was always going to paint.  But when she came to New York, it…

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