Michael's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Original Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Burlington, VT

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: The Original Roadtrip

  • ON DVD:

MICHAEL JAGER

Founder/Creative Director
Jager Dipaola Kemp

“Just follow what you love, which is maybe a cliche answer but I think that's truly it. Not a lot of people have the backbone to do that.”

INTERESTS:

Design Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Beliefs & Faith Character Confidence Conflict Dedication Determination Experience Family Fear Fulfillment Goals Honesty Individualism Instincts Passion Risk Struggle Success Support & Encouragement Education

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

balance, business, competitive, design, distinction, drive, fail, frustration, future, opinions, philosophy, point of view, punk music, push yourself, reactions, scared, snowboarding, strategy, unique, wasted time

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Realized early on that he wasn't good at math, so he decided to focus on the arts.
  • Largely inspired by the punk movement; his first date with his future wife was a The Clash concert.
  • His father worked in a factory and his mom was a beautician, so he says they didn't really "get" his choosing not to have a set career path.
  • Started Jager Di Paola Kemp design firm with his wife and another partner; got their big break designing campaigns for Burton Snowboards.
  • Says his collaboration with Burton is a "once in a lifetime deal"; still stunned he gets to work with a company that "invented a culture."
  • Believes that once you decide what you want to do, you have to proudly wear your work on your sleeve.
  • Once you show confidence and belief in what you're doing, others will start to rally around you.
  • Says that if you talk to any successful person, they have self-confidence and a unique point of view, not just a "milquetoast existence."

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