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Michael Jager
Michael Jager

Michael Jager

Jager Di Paola Kemp

Burlington, VT USA

"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."

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Michael's work combines: Design, Entrepreneurship, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Founder/Creative Director

I work with designers and writers to shape brands and their products ranging from Burton Snowboards to Xbox.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Graphic Design

    Dawson College

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Realized early on that he wasn't good at math, so he decided to focus on the arts.

  • 2.

    Largely inspired by the punk movement; his first date with his future wife was a The Clash concert.

  • 3.

    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.

  • 4.

    Started Jager Di Paola Kemp design firm with his wife and another partner; got their big break designing campaigns for Burton Snowboards.

  • 5.

    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."

  • 6.

    Believes that once you decide what you want to do, you have to proudly wear your work on your sleeve.

  • 7.

    Once you show confidence and belief in what you're doing, others will start to rally around you.

  • 8.

    Says that if you talk to any successful person, they have self-confidence and a unique point of view, not just a "milquetoast existence."