LETA SOBIERAJSKI + WADE JEFFREE
Overshare is a new WNW event series and podcast that promotes honest conversations about the realities of being an independent creative. To kick things off, more than 50 people came together in a dive bar in New York City in February to hear creative couple Leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree open up about everything from getting paid to getting rejected to their ongoing collaborations. There were even some highbrow detours to discuss important topics like squatty potties and choice curse words.
Leta and Wade, both Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary designers, had been married for just three weeks at the time of their conversation with WNW co-founder and heavily bearded host Justin Gignac. When asked if it is tough to be in a relationship with someone in the same line of work, Leta explained, "It’s really relieving actually. When either of us come home we’re able to talk about every minute detail of our days and the projects that we’re doing, and we understand each other completely which is great. I don’t think that I could be in a relationship where our lives are so different and so separate that we don’t understand what the fuck we’re doing."
The whole point of Overshare is to shine a spotlight on the struggles as much as the triumphs. Leta had this to say about the risks involved and impetus for clearing the slate and taking the leap into freelance: "I didn’t like the people I was working with. I didn’t like my boss. The company wasn’t doing so good, and so it just got to a point where I was like 'Fuck this. I know what I want to do. It’s time to start over.' I wiped my portfolio completely from all of the work that I had done for the past three years, and just started loading it up with personal projects. That was really scary."
It's clear that Leta & Wade can't imagine doing anything else. Wade opened up about the feeling of purpose that design affords him and why it drives him to continue to grow as a creative: "There is a power in graphic design and design in general to not only influence culture but empower people. And I think there’s something really beautiful in that."
For those of you who couldn't join us, we have good news: you can listen to the entire conversation below on our new podcast, sponsored by FreshBooks. Subscribe to Overshare on iTunes, Soundcloud, or with any other podcasting app via our RSS feed.