We had the good fortune of connecting with Jarob Bramlett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jarob, how do you think about risk?
The best things in life involve some factor of risk. In marriage there’s the risk of being vulnerable. Giving all of yourself to one person for the rest of your life is risky, but also worth it. Having children and taking on the responsibility of raising another human being is so risky, but also worth it. This rings true in my career as well.
In the spring of 2020, I was working as a graphic designer for Live Nation. A comfortable job that I had been working at for 8 years. Meanwhile, my brother and I had began dreaming about one day starting our own graphic design company but the thought of stepping out into the unknown without a guaranteed paycheck and no clients was terrifying. It involved a lot of risk.
As we all know, the spring of 2020 was also when Covid-19 blew up the world. I was laid-off from work and quickly found myself drowning in questions and doubts. My brother, Josh, always had faith in our dream of being business owners and he once again brought that up in conversation. We knew the risk was high to start from ground zero and expect to support our families, but we also believed in it. We said yes to the challenge. Now it has been almost 2 years and I could not be more grateful! God has blessed us tremendously with amazing clients, projects and a growing and thriving business doing what we love. The risk was worth it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Like I said before, I worked as a graphic designer at Live Nation for 8 years. That time was so crucial for me as a designer. Developing my design eye while working in the corporate world with extremely quick deadlines was tough but it sharpened my skills tremendously. In my time there, I was blessed to work on projects for Prince, Paul McCartney, Def Leppard, Madonna, Dierks Bentley and so many more. This seemed surreal to me because I am also a musician and I’m very passionate about music. My brother and business partner, Josh, and I have a hard rock band called The Protest. We’ve been traveling the world and playing music for the last decade. Being in a band is what sets our business, Quiet Strength Design, apart I think. We understand that lifestyle and “look” and we understand a band’s finances and the factor that plays. We have worked with alot of merchandise companies over the years and know who to send band’s to for different printing needs. We believe that the music, artwork and lyrics can impact and change people’s lives. It’s powerful stuff. Understanding this and living this out day after day sets us apart from other design firms I think.
The most important lesson I have learned along the way is to sow good seeds. This will take you farther than anything. People remember how you treat them and the way you handle their project. I believe alot of our business has come from being genuine and loving people.
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 currently live in Indianapolis, IN but I love DFW and have been there many times! I would see a show at Billy Bob’s and visit the Cidercade!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My love for art started in a church pew. As many young boys are in church, I was restless. To remedy this, my dad would start doodling cartoon faces on the back of the church bulletin and then he would ask me to draw the same face. A simple parenting trick that changed my life. My dad, Bob Bramlett, not only taught me how to draw but he and my mom are also our biggest supporters and have cheered us on through all of our artistic and musical endeavors.
After high school, a friend of mine really took me under his wing; teaching me graphic design and giving me opportunities I definitely did not deserve at the time. Aaron Scamihorn, also known in the art world as Ronlewhorn, saw potential in me and got me an internship at Tour Design Creative (Live Nation), which turned into an 8 year job. I am so thankful for mentors like him.
Photos By: Lisa Hillman, Wil Foster, and Kristi Swango