We had the good fortune of connecting with Marek Hosek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marek, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In all honesty I had no idea what kind of business I wanted to run. I just graduated from art school and was thrown into the freelancing design world. All I knew is I needed to be service oriented and learn as I go. This allowed me to be pretty flexible with whom I choose to work with and how I structure my business as the growth comes.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets me apart from others is the willingness to jump across various mediums. I went to a fine art school in chicago where in the first year, they had each student go from 2-D, to 3-D to 4-D. Which means, you got used to thinking in a variety of mediums for the same project you were currently working on. This is a great advantage in my field now. I am able to listen to my clients and come up with solutions which will work across many platforms. I have been involved with a non-profit organization which puts on a show each year to raise money for medical teams in Haiti & D.R. Each year we try and come up with new ways to get people interested in the event and keep it fresh. This is the work where some of this cross medium thinking comes to life. It’s also the work which I am most proud of to date. It allows me to flex my creative muscles with people who care about a common cause. You can’t put a price on that. If you’re doing work just for yourself at some point it becomes old and boring. Creating work for a bigger cause will push you into directions which might make you a bit uncomfortable. That is when magic happens. I recommend everyone to find the cause which matters to them and go donate some free time. It will change your life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, I would take them on an early morning hike at Chitaqua. The sunrises are breathtaking. Then we would hit Spruce confections for coffee and an amazing gluten free cake. After, we would head out to the Denver, I would definitely show them around the RHINO neighborhood. The murals and artwork as you walk through are amazing. Next, we would head to the Cherry Creek area to grab some dinner. If it’s Summer time we would go to Gross Res and paddle board in the morning, if it’s Winter we would go and catch some runs up in Summit County (Breckenridge, Keystone or Cooper). Really, you can’t go wrong with just hanging out in Denver all day and just visiting various neighborhoods. The city has so much to offer to people who are here for a week or a longer weekend. The zoo, Capitol Hill, LoHi are all great options. Personally, I love bouncing between Boulder and Denver. Both have different vibes and are equally interesting. Boulder is a bit more crunchy and has some amazing dining options. Denver has your bigger city feel. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people in the last few decades who I call mentors. Before I started Art school I was really interested in fine art. I waited tables at my parents restaurant and had a few costumers who were retired commercial artists. Frank Hock was one of those people. I showed them all my paintings and they reviewed them like a big Agency project. I learned a ton from those conversation. Most important, they told me enjoy the process and not to be afraid of failure. To this day I think about those days and what I’ve learned. Another place I get support is at home with my family. My wife is a huge supporter of my career. She always encourages me to go for it without any hesitation. I am super grateful for her. Some inspiring books which I’ve learned from are: “Steal like an Artist” by Austin Kleon” “The Brand Gap” by Marty Neumeier “Feck Perfuction” by James Victore “The Bible” I could go on and on.
https://www.diegodominguez.com/ was the one who shot my portrait!