Role at FoxFuel: Art Director
Walking library of movie quotes and big fan of the shape of our great state of Tennessee, Drew Beamer is the latest addition to the FoxFuel team. Also, he has an awkward number of Wizard of Oz Christmas ornaments.
What's your favorite...
Right now, fall weather. In general? I think our state is shaped nicely.
Size large please.
Thing to do away from the computer?
Hangin' with the family.
Tough question. I'm into three right now: Don't Get Me Started by Dan Balser, department head at The Creative Circus. 99% Invisible by Roman Mars. All the stuff you didn't know about other stuff. My Brother, My Brother and Me by the McElroy Brothers. Stupidly hilarious improv.
Line from a movie?
"In the Year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland—starving and outnumbered—charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets; they fought like Scotsmen, and won their freedom."
—William Wallace, Braveheart
All About Drew
If you were excommunicated from the design and advertising world, what would you do instead?
I'd freak out and then go to culinary school.
What is the most frustrating question, comment, or feedback you get related to work?
I don't necessarily have one single comment or phrase that always comes back. I do get frustrated when I have higher aspirations for a client's brand than they do. That kills me. Or they may say that they want to really push their brand and when you do, they're too scared to execute it.
Do you collect anything?
I have a larger-than-normal collection of Wizard of Oz Christmas ornaments. I think I was really into it as a kid so my family just started always giving me a new ornament around the holidays. We have around 40 of them at the house. Sometimes we have a small tree just for them.
What is something on your bucket list?
Visit Thailand—the jungle, the cities, the beach, all of it.
Also, to make sure that my kids don't grow up to be assholes. That's a big one.
What's something that someone would be surprised to know about you?
I seek the approval of others heavily. I'm not sure why, but at least I'm conscious of it. Which means I can choose to do it or not. Sometimes I have to force myself to not give a shit about something or someone for the sake of my own sanity.
Do you have a motto?
"Take it simple." I stole it. You can steal it too.
What are you most proud of?
My kids. They're amazing. It's tough with 3 under the age of 6, but if I were to look at my work or any other part of my life, there is just no comparison. They are by far the coolest things I've made.
What inspires you? How do you stay inspired?
Visual overload. I have to consume things—advertising, art, design, music, fashion, architecture, typography, culture, films, industrial design, woodworking—anything that looks or sounds interesting is on my radar.
Traveling is one of my go-to things for inspiration. You can't ignore things that you haven't seen before. If everything is new, it's so much more rich in your mind.
Solo time is also handy. Sitting and people watching on a street corner that you don't visit often is good. It allows your mind to shut down so it can actually process ideas for a hot minute before you get another email.
Would you rather drink all your food from a baby bottle or wear visible diapers for the rest of your life?
Are we talking diapers on the outside of the pants just for show? Or under the pants with a little bit of diaper sticking out at all times?
It doesn't matter I guess. Either way, I'd say diaper.
I like food too much to have it all in liquid form.