We had the good fortune of connecting with Will Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Will, why did you pursue a creative career?
There’s probably a little bit of the “did I pursue it or did it pursue me” comment here. Without sounding too cheesy, I enjoy the feeling that comes when a creative thought starts to present itself to you. I try to let the unexpectedness of it drive as long as it can and learn from where it’s taking me. Career-wise, I was really fortunate. I was largely self-taught when I started and was able to find a job that let me learn from some fantastic mentors and grow my skill-set. That feels like a lifetime ago now, but without a lot of people who were very open to mentoring and guiding me, it would have been a much harder road. I had a lot of good luck and it’s something I try really hard not to take for granted. That good luck made the hard work much more enjoyable.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve gotten to work on a LOT of really different projects. I realized early on that I liked the variety and I really liked seeing how things that don’t feel at home together might benefit each other. I enjoy finding ways to connect projects and people in unexpected ways. My work has dealt with everything from equine to touring bands to heritage tourism. I still find ways to incorporate what I’ve learned from each into (I hope) fun, creative design.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When it comes to Galveston, it just depends on what you’re looking to do, there’s so much to enjoy. Finding some fresh gulf fish is a necessity, some time on the beach never hurts the soul, and enjoying downtown and the seawall is a can’t-miss piece of any Galveston stay. Since I get to be a little biased here, enjoying the Island’s historic offerings make time here a little extra special as well. You’re hard-pressed not to stay busy here, unless you just want to stay quiet and off the grid for a bit.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A pair of amazing parents that were really proud of an awkward country kid who wanted to learn about art and design. Incredible professional mentors who showed me what it meant to look at problems from a lot of angles and try to find unique fixes to them. So many people left so many great examples for me to work from. These days though, there’s support from an incredible wife and partner in Dr. Shannon Guillot-Wright. Some wild-eyed excitement from our son Dean, who draws the best robots you’ve never seen. Old friends who continue to think I’m witty and creative, and some great extended family. At the end of the day, I’m surrounded by lots of talented folks putting in an awful lot of good work that I get to ride along with.