Justin HELPS CREATIVES
FEEL LESS ALONE

JUSTIN GIGNAC IS AN INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATIVITY, VULNERABILITY, COMMUNITY, AND LAUGHS.

PSFK Conference in NYC

PSFK Conference in NYC

KEYNOTE TALKS

After years as a creative who struggled with perfectionism and the self-imposed pressure of needing to prove he was clever and prolific, Justin has finally learned to let go. Let go of doing it all. Let go of “I’ll be happy when.” Let go of comparing himself and his achievements to others. Now, through his work and his talks, he wants to enable others to do the same.

How to Start a Business When You Have No Business Starting a Business

Lessons learned from Justin’s unique career journey from professional mascot to garbage salesman, advertising art director, conceptual artist, and accidental entrepreneur. This talk touches on many ridiculous and entertaining anecdotes, creative ideas, and heartfelt storytelling.

Available at any length between 15-45 minutes.

How Not to Get a Job in the Creative Industry in 2019

Anyone can tell you how to get a job. That’s easy. But nobody cares enough to tell you how not to get a job. Well, Justin does. Working Not Working surveyed recruiters and creative directors at some of the most respected creative companies in the world (Nike, Wieden+Kennedy, Droga5, Facebook, and others) to ask them how candidates blow it. What are those obvious, and not so obvious, deal breaking mistakes creatives make in their work, portfolio sites, interviews, and careers? And how do you avoid them?

This talk is catered to students and creatives in the first few years of their careers, but the lessons are applicable to all creatives. Available as a 30 or 45 minute talk.

Contact Justin to book him for a keynote talk at your conference, company, or school. He is also available to moderate panels, fireside chats, appear on podcasts, or to consult with your company's creative leadership on attracting and retaining top creative talent.


UPCOMING

US BY NIGHT | BELGIUM | September ‘19 (More info)
FIFTEEN SECONDS FESTIVAL | AUSTRIA | June ‘20 (More info)

PAST

EMERGENCE CREATIVE FESTIVAL | AUSTRALIA

WHAT WORKS? | COPENHAGEN

HYPERAKT | NEW YORK CITY

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS | NEW YORK CITY

SXSW | AUSTIN

HUMBER COLLEGE | TORONTO

HALLMARK | KANSAS CITY

MEET THE PROS | OMAHA

COMMUNO SUMMIT | CALGARY

THE GATHERING | CANADA

ON AIR FEST | BROOKLYN

MAKING LONDON | LONDON

PSFK CONFERENCE | NEW YORK CITY

FIRSTBORN | NEW YORK CITY

VCU BRANDCENTER | RICHMOND

4A's TALENT@2030 | NEW YORK

CAMP DAVID | NEW YORK CITY

MADE IN SPACE | COPENHAGEN

Justin has an incredible story and he shares it well. I laughed, I cried, and I learned a few important things along the way. This talk was everything I didn’t know I wanted or needed.
— Marcel Petitpas, CEO & Co-Founder of Parakeeto
 

OVERSHARE PODCAST

In a world of carefully curated portfolio sites and Instagram feeds, Justin sits down with his favorite creatives to get past the highlights and discuss the tough stuff we don't talk about in public often enough. Started in 2016, Justin has interviewed dozens of designers, artists, and CEOs including David Droga, Jessica Hische, Shantell Martin, Yancey Strickler, Jon Contino, Adam J. Kurtz, Kate Moross, Gemma O’Brien, Jon Burgerman, Leta Sobierajski, and Wade Jeffree.

You can catch up on both seasons of Overshare on iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, and all those other places where you listen to podcasts.

Justin is available to do live recordings of Overshare at conferences. Contact him now to have your event included in the next season.

 

TALKING NOT TALKING

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After witnessing the vulnerable questions creative people were asking after each Overshare event, Justin sensed the creative community needed a space to gather and talk openly about our struggles. He started a monthly support group in New York where creatives come to listen and be heard. Talking Not Talking has since expanded to monthly events in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well. If you’re a creative and would like to know when the next event is, join Working Not Working.

Justin is also available to host Talking Not Talking as a workshop at conferences and festivals. Contact him.

Additionally, if you're searching for incredible and diverse speakers or artists for your next event, Justin has hundreds of recommendations from the Working Not Working community.