We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Whedon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas just outside of Kansas City, KS/MO. I got started playing around and coding on computers at a very early age when my parents bought me a Commodore 64. That and my love for art really married during the last few years of high school when my parents owned a cafe… I would design menus, business cards, etc. I loved it. People would come in and ask who did their menus, etc. and they would say me and I would get small ‘freelance’ jobs that way. That moved into Web Design pretty fast after high school. I have been doing graphic design, web design, and digital marketing either full-time or freelance since then.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an artist, I definitely have a ‘working’ persona and a ‘personal side’.
On the working side, my art can be anything from super clean and corporate to more fun and freestyle.
On the personal side, I am constantly creating in some way or another. I am an avid hiker and have a ‘micro-influencer’ Instagram profile @hikeexploretravellive where I take a lot of photos and do some cool videos. I also create videos for an ASMR channel I started on YouTube recently called ‘Ataractic ASMR’.
I am also a musician. I play multiple instruments as well as produce electronic music and DJ.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, if they’re coming in to hang out with me they’re going to get a lot of ‘outdoors’ activities. I would love to take them to the land we own in Blanca, CO to show them how beautiful it is. Then to the Great Sand Dunes National Park right near there. Hiking all over the place. Maybe end by taking them to a great club event at one of the amazing Denver nightclubs or a show at Red Rocks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As far as the who, my parents always encouraged me to do what I loved. I also have an amazing wife who is always supportive and on my side.
As far as books, the ‘4-Hour Workweek’ by Tim Ferris came at a very important time in my life where my ideas and desires were changing. It really helped me get a good mindset moving forward.