Day in the Life: Drew and Dylan Carrow, Motion Graphics Designers / Editors
Dec 23, 2016
“We went to the Cleveland Institute of Art. We started out drawing and painting – oil painting, that kind of stuff – and we moved into video and animation. We wanted a paycheck…we didn’t want to be, like, studio artists. So we took an introductory animation class, and that was the first step. We liked it, so we just kept going.”
Drew Carrow is explaining how he and his twin brother, Dylan, became Motion Graphics Designers/Editors at Centerline. Or is it Dylan explaining? No – Dylan has glasses, it’s definitely Drew.
“After college, we went back to St. Louis – where we’re from – and worked there for two and a half years. Is that right? We had that internship doing reality TV shows and stuff,” Dylan says, half talking to me, half talking to his brother. Drew nods, and Dylan turns to me.
“We worked at a company that works with a lot of reality shows – they do one on the Oprah Network, some on SyFy, and the Esquire Network. We would do PA (production assistant) stuff on shoots, and we would also create logos for the shows when they were, like, pitching to networks and stuff,” Dylan explains.
“We had one logo on TV. It was for a show called ‘Carvers’ on SyFy. They carved pumpkins and ice and stuff. It was kind of cool – we were, like, six months out of school and we had something on TV.”
“We got another job after that at a very small marketing place – we started their video department. That was…not for us, so we started looking around, and figured we were going to have to move away from home because of the limited number of jobs in this market,” Drew explains. “So, we were looking everywhere, and Centerline popped up. They flew both of us out to interview, and then they offered us jobs,” explains Drew.
“They (art directors Brian and Rock) told us there was one job, though. The whole day they really played that up. We were cool with it – we both wanted the job, but I wasn’t going to be pissed if he got it over me.”
Drew and Dylan, referred to lovingly as “The Twins,” have spent their entire professional careers working together – even sitting next to each other at Centerline. Unsurprisingly, they have similar advice for motion graphics designers just starting their careers.
“Be open to learning new stuff – new techniques. You don’t want to keep doing the same thing – you’ll want to keep sharpening your skills,” said Dylan.
“Yeah, have a couple different skills. You don’t want to be pigeon-holed into one thing,” adds Drew. “Time management is also important. You’ll have three or four projects going at one time, and you have to learn to managing the timing yourself.”
Other advice includes removing your feelings from discussions or critiques of your work.
“You’ve got to not take things personally. No one wants to hurt your feelings – they’re just giving feedback in order to make a better end product,” said Drew.