The son of a class clown and a real clown, JUSTIN GIGNAC was destined for weirdness. After three years as professional mascot Tater the Gator, he followed his childhood dream of making commercials to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he spent his spare time picking up, rearranging and selling garbage.
He went on to spend five years working stable, full-time jobs at various ad agencies before choosing to go freelance in 2007. Now, as his own boss, Justin splits his time between freelancing, watching SportsCenter on repeat and his many art and business ventures – including NYC Garbage, Wants for Sale, Needs for Sale and QRapping Paper. In 2012, he co-founded Working Not Working, the real-time network that connects top freelance creatives with agencies and companies looking to hire them.
A prolific procrastinator, Justin is motivated by idea envy and an obsession to get in the New York Magazine Approval Matrix. He lives in downtown Manhattan with his favorite person, Christine Gignac, and their pet ping pong table.
If you have an enthusiastic audience or impressionable youth that would like to learn from Justin's experiences, send him an email.
SXSW March 11, 2013: Using Your Online Network to Get a Job #IRL
HUMBER COLLEGE November 2012, PSFK CONFERENCE April 2012, HALLMARK July 2011, PSFK CONFERENCE April 2011, Apple Store SoHo November 2009
Justin interviewed by Fast Company Create: How to be a Happy and Successful Creative Freelancer
NYC Garbage featured in PRINT Magazine: Throwaway Culture
Working Not Working on PSFK: Online Marketplace Looks to Disrupt the Freelance Game
Aziz Ansari tweets Justin's Halloween Costume to 1M+ followers: Crazy Swag