We had the good fortune of connecting with Cody Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cody, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Over the years I have developed many habits, both good and bad. Believe it or not, bad habits can help you succeed as well, but not without cost. For example, I used to have a habit of working until the work was done regardless of what was going on around me. I’ve been able to learn to prioritize and manage my time a lot better. Currently, some of my habits include making time for prayer and meditation. I believe no success is possible without these two things. I also make a habit of posting to social media. I use a platform called Buffer to help me post to all of my social media and make a habit to do so at least two times a pay for 7 days per week. It is important to create consistency and keep up with what is current. I would say another habit that has helped me succeed is to carve out a specific time to do my work. Each night, I touch my product in some way. I make sure do SOMETHING every single day, whether it is shopping for materials, actually creating on a canvas or the computer or even doing some research. Consistency is key, so I make sure I do something every single day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I first began art and design in church. I would see programs, brochures and videos that didn’t look as professional as those in the secular world. I questioned immediately why the things created for God couldn’t look as great if not better as those that weren’t. I started there and haven’t looked back since. After I started creating for the church, I expanded into the secular world. When it comes specifically to art, I have no rhyme or reason for what I create. It is all inspired in the moment. It could come from my current feeling, or something I see in the moment. Very little that I create is thought of ahead of time. As far as the Turner Gang brand goes, I create clothing or phrases that are on trend. None of what I do is easy because my art comes from a very personal place. It has always been that way. And when you present to the world what is personal and dear to you, if it is not well-received, that can be hard to swallow. And there is no guarantee. I’ve been fortunate enough for people to love the things I put out but it doesn’t always happen that way. I’ve learned that it is important to put yourself out there and at least try!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the local, small places that no one really thinks of. One of the first places we would go to would be Los Angeles Taqueria in Plano, TX. They serve the best food and it’s a small local place that you can only find here. I think we’d also get on the train and take a ride to Dallas and walk around and go to museums and restaurants. Klyde Warren park is one of my favorite places to go to with the family. If I wanted to do some tourist type of things, we would head to Reunion Tower. Most of what we would do would be at home, though. I love to be at home, cooking, painting, and just hanging out. I love to bring people into my world and allow them to create something of their own. That happens often, actually.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There is no way I could do what I do without my family. My wife, Breanna and all 5 of our children are certainly the inspiration behind the Turner Gang movement but also for all that I do. I dedicate this shoutout to all of them. They support my crazy ideas and sometimes even create themselves.
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