Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle (our news outlet) will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Preston.
Preston Jones of Canvas
Q: Explain your job position.
A: I am the director of operations for Canvas Chicago, which means I oversee the general operations and direction of Canvas. Canvas is a community of event producers, entrepreneurs, and artists dedicated to creating poignant environments and uniting the diverse creative/entrepreneurial groups of Chicago by designing events and initiatives that foster collaboration among those communities.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I follow the pulse. By that I mean at any given time there are a series of opportunities in front of you, but one seems to have more buzz than others. I always try to have the courage to follow the one with the most buzz. It definitely means some painful experiences sometimes, and it definitely does not pay the most money to do that, but what happens is that in following that pulse, you begin to learn more deeply what life looks like and how it moves. From there, you can use that deeper understanding of what that "pulse" looks like to just keep following it. You can begin to see it in new opportunities and in peoples eyes, and ultimately you can do a better job of expressing it to others in your own work. Most importantly though, by following that pulse, your life will have a great deal of meaning.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: What motivates me is actual deadlines. If it is a self imposed or hypothetical deadline, that doesn't get me going. If it is a sink or swim situation, now it is go time or you fail to meet the deadline. That is definitely what gets me moving. So pressure motivates me. I am inspired by honest expression. When someone is working hard to give you an honest glimpse into how they see life, that is extremely inspiring because it literally makes me more alive. That's probably why I surround myself with genuinely creative people.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I grew up in the suburbs and attended college here, but was gone for several years. I came back very much on purpose. I believe in this city in a very big way. I aim to be a part of what I believe is a very exciting creative cultural revolution.
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?
A: The creative culture is currently being pioneered by those that are a part of it. In New York or LA, the culture is well developed and therefore has explicit rules. Here in Chicago, the rules are being made as we speak. That is very exciting to be a part of developing how things will feel for years to come.
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: From a practical skills standpoint, touring the world as a tour manager for several different bands. From a core values standpoint... personal experiences that have given me a very deep peer into some seemingly universal truths about how life works.
Thanks for being a Chrome Homie, Preston!