It was about 4:30 a.m. one September night in 2007, during my senior year of college, when I found myself staring at my sloping ceiling, eating barbeque potato chips, and wondering what on earth to do with myself when I graduated. I didn’t sleep that night, though not for lack of trying. After slipping under my covers for a few minutes to try to doze off, I found myself sitting at my computer, looking through various graduate colleges’ programs in writing or literature, and mulling over many questions: What did I want to get my degree in? Did I want an MFA or an MA?
Articles and Artist Stories
About two years ago, I began to grow restless as a Chicago actor. My career resembled that of many others in the city. I was working regularly at the smaller houses and, on occasion, was invited to play by the bigger Equity companies. I had an agent, but was only booking about one or two well paying gigs per year. In other words, I was doing better than some,
but worse than many.
Can you talk about the ways you have found to make a living off your music?
Me, in Starbucks, waiting in line to order a coffee...
“What’s that on your back? Is it an instrument?”
“Yes....It’s a violin.”
“Oh, wow! My little sister used to play the violin. Do you play in the Chicago Symphony?”
“No, actually I’m a freelance violinist.”
“Oh...so what else do you do?”
“Huh?” (Although I know exactly where this is going...)
An interview with Britton Bertran, Former CAR Artist Story Editor
Bleached Whale came first. It is a design studio I started with Keith Streble in 2004. featherproof was started in 2005, by Jonathan Messinger and myself, over a falafel lunch break from our day jobs. I was a designer at TimeOut Chicago, and Jonathan is still the books editor there. I wanted to bring more design to literature.