Making Paper in a Paperless World: An Interview With Pulp and Deckle

The Value of ‘Free’ Work

While cutting footage, I can’t help but reflect on the many other free projects I’ve done over the years. These days, with all our plebian digital resources, anyone can be a graphic designer or media producer, making it easier to find people willing to do free work for a chance to break into an industry. There are Craigslist postings for social media interns; film shoots where cinematographers are promised a share of theoretical, extremely optimistic profits; businesses looking for college grads to design free websites for “experience.” But I ain’t giving away no secrets. This subject has been covered thoroughly at the ‘fold, and I suspect a large chunk of you readers know all about this.

The Rise and Fall of an Independent Video Store

My video rental store career began in 1999 when I briefly worked in a tiny outlet. It was an awkward experience because I soon discovered that I actually hand’t been hired. Things worked out later after I did get hired at a newly opened Hollywood Video chain, and when I finished college, I snapped up another job at a small town establishment in Western New York run by a wonderful young couple with a baby. I later moved to Portland, where I was hired at a local video store/gym chain called Videorama. Starting as one of the weeknight clerks, I eventually opened a new store and redesigned and managed another in Portland’s hoity-toity Pearl District.

I Was a Collegiate Lab Rat