In this episode of Frank Talks, we sit down with Austin Fremont. Austin was born and raised in the center of the New York art world. A great combination of influence and inspiration stems from friends, family and colleagues, including her godfather, Andy Warhol! In 2014, Austin Fremont co-founded Fremont Blue Events with Blue Medium. Since its inception, Austin has led her team to produce over 100 small and large scale events for a range of for profit and non-profit clients. The types of events vary from intimate influencer dinners to 1,000 person galas. Austin even did the Art Frankly launch party in 2016! Please enjoy Austin’s Frank Talk answers.
What is the best piece of advice you can give about working in the art world?
This is really regarding every world, but treat everyone you work with like the president of the company. They may well be one, one day. AND the art world is very small, just like New York City. Careful what you say.
What is something you encounter often with employees that tests your patience?
People being thorough and thinking through the whole picture. Never come to me with a problem without an idea of a solution.
What has an employee done that happily surprised you?
Started thinking like me. But really.
What makes a person hirable?
Accountability, flexibility and capability. It’s not really about what you have an extensive background in that makes you successful, it’s about having the skills you need to handle the situation.
What is the most frowned upon trait for an employee?
Lateness, carelessness, and thinking they are too good to do a task. At a small company like mine, if you’re not cleaning the bathroom, I am.
What are things a person can do to make them stand out in the workplace?
Initiative. Take on more than what is in job description.
What are things you can do proactively to boost your CV?
Volunteering with organizations within the art world. Being part of committees. I don’t know about it boosting your CV but it is a good way to network.
What does professional mean to you?
Being responsible and knowing what you need to do.
Are there any tips you can give people entering the workforce?
NEVER burn a bridge.
Are there any tips you can give for increasing your online presence? Whether with your LinkedIn, Art Frankly or other accounts?
Do not post anything you wouldn’t want a client or colleague to see.