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9.24.2010

Teens, Careers, and the Renwick

[Cooper-Hewitt YouTube video.]

Earlier this week, The Long Thread's founder, Ellen Baker, prompted a lot of us to reflect back on one of the all-time best funniest Lloyd Dobler* quotes:

I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

Presumably most of the students participating in Cooper-Hewitt's Teen Design Fair, held a few months ago in D.C. at the Renwick Gallery, are open to more options. At least the majority probably hope to create. During the event, high profile design industry leaders including J. Crew's Jenna Lyons and interior designer William Sofield met with students in small round-table groups, offering advice and answering questions. And Tim Gunn spoke at length about the many twisting paths his own career has taken. Although I announced the free Teen Fair back in July, Ellen's post inspired me to follow up and highlight video coverage of the summer happening.

If you're curious, Cooper-Hewitt's video appears to include all of keynote speaker Gunn's remarks along with brief snippets featuring Lyons and other design pros. Before watching, I knew very little about Gunn's fine art background, so that aspect of his talk seems especially interesting.

[Image via Amazon.]

*Lloyd Dobler is the lead character in writer-director Cameron Crowe's very funny romantic comedy, "Say Anything". A recent high school grad, Dobler is ambivalent about his career options. 

3 comments:

Roni Jaco said...

Important quote, difficult to accomplish, great ideas! Thanks once again for blogging thoughtfully.

Style Court said...

It's one of the most hysterical lines in the movie. Everyone knows what he means -- kind of -- but it sort of eliminates everything :)

Style Court said...

I should've said "eliminates 99.9 % of possible jobs" :)