San Francisco - Social Designer & Creative Facilitator
Marc is like a fresh kick of crisp oxygen to the lungs. He has the ability to fill you with a “Yea, I can do this.” mentality. In October of 2013, Marc founded Confidence, a company committed to providing tangible skills, the knowledge, and the courage to anyone who wants to start living a more meaningful life. So when we caught up on the phone, me in Los Angeles and Marc in San Francisco, to talk about his work, it may not be a surprise you to know that I left our conversation more confident about how to advance the projects I am working on than when I woke up that morning. He’s also an old soul, very sage-like. If ever you’re face-to-face with a seemingly insurmountable hurdle, reach out to him. He’ll help.
TSP: Can you please share a little bit about your past? Where you’ve been? What you’ve done?
MB: I’m a product of suburbia. I started listening to punk rock music in middle school. It has encouraged me to question authority, fight for something I believe in, and introduce me to the DIY culture (graphic design in my case.) Since graduating VCU in 2008, I’ve been pretty nomadic, jumping on new opportunities as they presented themselves. I’ve lived in big cities, small towns, and everywhere in between. I’ve experienced many things during the last few years, had lots of highs, and way too many lows. I recently took a blow in my confidence and that was a major (positive) turning point in my career.
TSP: That's tough, Marc. It's hard to continue forward in the face of such difficulty. But those hardships seem to have been very constructive. With that said, what are you up to now?
MB: I’m currently right on the border of being young and dumb on many things and being old and wise on a few things, just north of the Panhandle in San Francisco, CA. I’m focused on narrowing down a bit more on how I want to use my talents/skills and where to use them. My work has been using design to effect positive change, but now I’m enjoying playing the facilitator role, producing and leading creative workshops with people tackling various challenges. I recently founded Confidence, which helps people take that first step to work on meaningful projects, both big and small. I’ve been gathering insight on the topic of confidence and using this to narrow down the services offered under Confidence.
TSP: I love that, Confidence. Confidence and TSP have overlapping aspirations. Where do you hope to go next?
MB: I’ll be honest, I haven’t really thought about what’s next. I’ve always been the type of person to live in the present. Since living a nomadic lifestyle for so long, “next” was simply never on my radar; although, that question is now a blimp on my screen. I’ve thought about how long I want to work for myself and how I miss being part of a team, working with others with shared chemistry, and executing truly epic projects. No matter “what’s next” I know I will continue to make. As a designer, I love the ability to turn an idea I have in my head into a visual statement, to then turn it into something more, to grow it and let it live in the world.
TSP: Your personal history is rich with making. Whether independently or as a part of a team, it's clear you have a strong and unreflective urge to create. Both with Confidence and your desire to collaborate with more teams, how do you plan to step towards those goals?
MB: As I mentioned, I miss working with team. Perhaps in the next few months, I’ll ask myself “Ok, that was fun. What’s next?” Perhaps Confidence grows and becomes something more full time or perhaps it is simply a side project. No matter what, I’m having a blast working on this. Perhaps I’ll look into joining an already established team and bring my experience to the table to help in whatever way I can. I’m always on the lookout for people that I share, what I call, “creative chemistry” with.
TSP: How we, the TSP community, help you get to where you want to go?
MB: I’d love to have the TSP community share Confidence with more people. I think this topic is super relevant in todays culture. There is a desire that we all have to live a more meaningful life, to use our talents and skills in a way that benefits others and in turn, makes us feel satisfied. And if you haven’t got this already in my previous answers, I’m always looking to “jam out” with others. I’m open for collaboration