By Cade Martin

As a kid, I spent many a dinner at a table surrounded by friends of my parents, an eclectic cast of characters — sculptors, writers, painters, creatives. That thread of creative community has remained in our offices, our teams, and our collaborations. But that thread feels thinner in this moment.

So I asked, with the purpose of sharing, and of supporting and caring for this creative community in its current, uncertain reality. I asked what people are doing, how they are feeling, how they are sparking creativity. It feels important to share what we do, when we can’t do all our doing.

Reaching out first to some of the talented people I’ve had the good fortune to profile though the Capitol Communicator portrait series.  It’s my version of a virtual dinner table of sorts. Grab a chair and listen in to my conversation with Jean-Pierre Bovie, Senior Art Director at bohan Advertising.

What, if anything, are you doing differently?

After years of freelancing for some of D.C.’s finest, a staff opportunity presented itself in Nashville. My wife and I opted to roll the dice on an adventure and try on Tennessee for size. After six months of going into an office, I find myself back to commuting to work in my PJs and slippers thanks to COVID-19. So while everything is different it oddly all feels very familiar to those days of freelance. Showering at 11 AM, actually eating lunch and catching sunsets on my porch and really connecting with people again are some of the main differences. 

 Are you staying creatively active?

Isolation is the best medicine to get the creative mind wandering. Reenergized and tickled by the endless possibilities of coloring outside the lines of client-driven confines, I’ve been able to focus on side projects I had to put on hold. Luckily this creative wandering has afforded me the time to reevaluate what kind of ‘creative’ motivates and inspires me. It’s truly made me consider what and where is most important to me.  

How are you sparking yourself creatively?

I’ve always likened advertising to the restaurant business. Creatives are like chefs (or vice versa). Everything has been done before, it really comes down to your interpretation of the ingredients you have to work with. I’m beyond inspired by the creativity and spontaneity of the cooking world and those who live in the kitchen. This is just a very long way of saying I’ve been binge-watching cooking shows like Chef’s Table (again) and feeding on that creative magic.


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