In this Frank Talk we speak with Jeffrey Walkowiak. Jeffrey is a PR and communications professional focusing on art, architecture and design. He is currently the Director of Communications for Untitled, Art – the international, curated art fair that takes place annually in Miami Beach and San Francisco. His extensive experience includes successful campaigns for a number of national and international clients that include Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Fletcher Studio, Visual AIDS, and many others. He holds a Masters degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a Bachelors degree in Art History from the University of New Hampshire. We are excited to give you Jeffrey’s answers and we hope you enjoy this Frank Talk!
What is the best piece of advice you can give about working in the art world?
It is actually advice that was given to me by an accomplished artist. The art world is varied and offers a lot. Choose what you want from it. You don’t have to participate/be involved in things that don’t feel right to you. Also, always remember why you pursued a career in the arts. Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of that.
What is something you encounter often with employees that tests your patience?
Lack of attention to detail. Laziness and entitlement.
What has an employee done that happily surprised you?
Exhibited gratefulness and appreciation.
What makes a person hirable?
Someone who is ambitious without being aggressive. Intelligence, courtesy, graciousness, and common sense.
What is the most frowned upon trait for an employee?
What are things a person can do to make them stand out in the workplace?
Take pride in what you do. Show interest, be personable and take initiative to make things better or do more. Learn how to think ahead.
What are things you can do proactively to boost your CV?
Volunteer for organizations that align with your interests. Get involved with the community you work in.
What does professional mean to you?
It means knowing when you need to focus on one thing and do it really well. Knowing how to work alone or as part of a team. Being respectful and courteous to colleagues, and being reliable.
Are there any tips you can give people entering the workforce?
Be open to different possibilities. You may think you want to follow one path, but be aware of other things that are out there. You may find that you excel at something you didn’t think you could.
Are there any tips you can give for increasing your online presence? Whether with your LinkedIn, Art Frankly or other accounts?
It is great to be online and have a presence, but remember the difference between professional and personal.