BAILEY GALLOWAY IS A CO-OWNER OF STAR CADET, A FORMALLY TRAINED GRAPHIC DESIGNER, AND EXPERIENCED PACKAGING & BRANDING SPECIALIST.
Bailey is like our little secret weapon, hiding behind the scenes doing secret weapon things like editing code, designing emails, or designing packaging. She focuses on the little details that make our brand look elevated and cool as hell. But she doesn't have to be a secret! We're happy to give Bailey some much deserved spotlight in this Q&A.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GRAPHIC DESIGNER?
I got my Bachelors degree in Graphic Design in 2015, and have been working mostly freelance ever since.
YOU ATTENDED ANNIE ATKINS' GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR FILMMAKING WORKSHOP BACK IN 2019, WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY AND HOW DO YOU APPLY THAT TO YOUR WORK AT STAR CADET?
That was a great experience, I went all the way to Scotland with my boyfriend (now husband), and got to spend time with Annie Atkins, learning hands on from her. She is Wes Anderson's graphic designer, and was in charge of projects like Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, French Dispatch, and more. Anything written or typed that can be seen on screen in those movies she personally oversaw the design of; including maps, newspapers, signs, journals, etc. Getting to learn from her was a particularly unique experience for a graphic designer because they don’t teach “graphic design for filmmaking” at any college.
This has helped a lot when designing projects with Star Cadet, especially for projects like the Snowpiercer promo box (check out Star Cadet Creative to read more about that). We really wanted that box to feel like it was part of the show, and the only way you got some of those items was by being on the train and stealing an access badge from a first class cabin. Movies and tv shows are so impactful in our lives, and the idea of being able to take a physical piece of that with you is a reminder of what that film gave you can be really meaningful.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SONG?
This changes constantly, but for the last good bit it’s been tied between Revolution by Heartless Bastards, and Hallucinogenics - Vallis Alps Remix by Matt Maeson. Also anything by Bonobo or Blockhead, also Alt+J… A big part of making art on your computer for your job includes listening to music all day. Check out my Spotify playlists if you’re interested (look for Bailey Galloway).
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
Lord of the Rings, Sunshine, Network (yes the 1976 movie. The writing is *french kiss* excellent.) I’m also a real big fan of The Boys, Breaking Bad, The Office, What We Do In The Shadows, Schitt’s Creek, Ozark, I could go on.
LIFE AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER SOMETIMES MEANS YOU'RE CONSTANTLY WORKING. WHAT EFFORTS DO YOU MAKE TO SEPARATE YOUR WORK FROM YOUR PERSONAL LIFE IN ORDER TO AVOID BURNOUT?
My main workspace is at home, which is both great and terrible for that work/life balance. Burnout is equally as dangerous as distractions, but here is my short list of what guards me from both:
Lists are your best friend! - Dump all your to-do’s on a piece of paper or an app to get them out of your brain.
Eat the frog. - If your job was to eat one frog a day, would you wake up and eat it first thing in the morning, or wait until the end of the day? If you put it off until the end of the day you will be thinking about that gross slimy thing you have to do all day long, and the longer you procrastinate the more gross and slimy the task becomes in your head. But if you get up and get it done, the rest of the day is 500x easier and more enjoyable, because you already ate the frog.
Always say yes to travel! - Getting out of your head and your routine has an amazing ability to clear away the noise. And if you can’t travel far, find something nearby that is nature-y, like a hike or a park. Being outdoors as much as your schedule will allow is a great way to ground yourself, and subconsciously remind you of what is really important, and what’s not.
Don’t work in the dark. - This probably only applies to people who have control over their own schedules, but I find if I work into the night my stress level goes up and my sleep quality goes down. So I give myself a hard out if I see the sun setting.
WHAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER?
I can identify a lot of fonts on the fly. Drive me down the street and point at a random logo that’s minding it’s own business, and BOOM: identified. But with great power comes great responsibility… I am haunted by the American Horror Story logo font, Willow.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES, AND WHY?
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed.” -Terence McKenna
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ANYONE, WHO WOULD YOU PICK AS YOUR MENTOR?
My future self, 20 years from now. I bet she has a lot to say.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FINAL SPACE CHARACTER?
Avocato, DUH!!!! Voiced by the wildly talented and strikingly handsome Coty Galloway (who is also my husband). Fun fact: Avocato was partially inspired by my cat, Avocado. :)
IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Chocolate chip cookie dough. Hold the ice cream. ;)
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR 20-YEAR-OLD SELF?
Go for it. Don’t let a little competition stop you from competing.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX WHEN YOU FEEL STRESSED?
Eating chicken pho on the couch with my husband watching the new season of a show we are into. Also going to the park and laying in the sun with my eyes closed is magnificent.
HOW DO YOU UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY?
Go on an inspiration hunt: spend some time on pinterest, or look at labels in a store you’ve never been to before, or go to a museum or art gallery alone and just take your time looking and thinking.
WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING A WOMAN IN A PRIMARILY MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRY?
I’ve always been a girl doing “boy” things, whether that was being on high school drumline or even in my Graphic Design bachelor's degree program, I’ve always typically been one of the very few girls. And I do now what I did then; make friends, and appreciate what they bring to the table. No two artists are alike, and that fact has nothing to do with gender. (Also, your uniqueness is your power. Lean into it and it’ll help you stand out.)
On another note, if I ever encounter someone in business who believes that gender represents some sort of lack of ability, it is usually someone who is blind to opportunity and is probably letting all sorts of strategies slip by. Find someone smarter.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS?
Learn to be flexible.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER WOMEN WHO OWN SMALL BUSINESSES?
Stop waiting until you’re ready. Carpe Diem.
WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION BE?
I would love to do a Dune promo box, with a flexible budget. That way I could design a wood carved box and items that look pulled from the world - a worn linen scarf, a small bottle of “spice”, maybe even a “found” diary from a 16 year old growing up on Arrakis. I’m just spitballing here, I’d love to work with ANY high budget sci-fi.
THE PAST TWO YEARS HAVE BEEN FULL OF CHALLENGES FOR EVERYONE; TO FIND A LITTLE POSITIVITY IN THE MESS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOU'VE GAINED FROM THE RAPID CHANGES WE'VE EXPERIENCED SINCE 2020?
Like a lot of people, I’m still recovering. Being in West Hollywood for the pandemic (early heavy lockdowns, the riots,...) you can’t just shake it off and pretend like it never happened. That mess was heavy. And scary. I’m still trying to figure out how to enjoy the things I used to without being totally paranoid. I guess the thing that comforts me the most through all of the recovery is knowing that I’m not alone. It was rough on everyone. Some people need to bare-knuckle their fears in order to get back to normal, others (like me) just need time and a little patience. And maybe a few more house plants. And that’s okay. Recovery (from anything) is not cut and dry, and it goes at its own pace. Hell, I'm still recovering from junk that happened a decade ago! And that’s okay too. Be kind to yourself, and be patient with yourself and your loved ones.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ITEM CURRENTLY IN THE SHOP?
ADVENTURE TIL DEATH
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