Who Wants It The Most?
Brian Athey

Hi Brian!

Thank you so much for this post! I already want to go to The Montues, and your post just makes me want to go even more!

Like you, I tried applying to all the Epicurrence events, but never got an invite. The closest I came was the last Epicurrence event. I applied, and initially didn’t get an invite. I had almost lost hope, but then I saw this Tweet from Dann:

I replied to Dann with my name and website. It was at this point that I realized that I might have a chance (I literally turned on Twitter notifications for Dann just so I wouldn’t miss out on these announcements). Then came this tweet:

I was inspired by your post about “Who Wants it the Most?” and realized I needed to put together something really compelling in order to get considered. So I put together a one-pager explaining why I wanted to go and a bit about me. I got an email from Dann the next day saying he *might* have a spot, but that it was reserved for sponsors. Unfortunately that spot ended up getting taken.

Instead I got an invite for The Montues! I got so stoked! Even thought the price is a little steep, I’ve been trying to make it work and have taken on a freelance project to try and cover the costs (I’ll be flying in from Canada).

Why The Montues?

I think this post by Dann sums it up pretty well. Reading his post I found myself nodding and internally saying “YES!” at every point he mentions.

There are so many great designers that are going to Epicurrence and many who are leaders in the design industry. They are not only super skilled, but they have years of experience and knowledge to share. These are also designers who have had a huge impact on me in my design career and I look up to.

I’m at a point in my design career where I need mentorship from people who have been in the industry way longer than I have. I’ve got the skills, now I need mentorship in design as a whole. Learning from people who have been through the ups and downs of a design career, or a product, or a design team, or all the above. I need someone who has navigated the industry, and has lessons to share.

Here’s what I sent Dann when I applied to Epicurrence (like I said, I was really inspired by your post :)

What’s Next?

I live in a small city in Canada (Waterloo) and the design community is small. They’re an amazing bunch and I’ve learned a lot from them, but we’re all still very young. I’m hoping that I can go to The Montues to connect with other designers, learn learn from them, and meet some of the designers I look up to. I’m ready for a change and a new adventure and The Montues would be a new beginning for me.

If you’ve read this far, thank you so much Brian! I hope to meet you in person one day. I would greatly appreciate the help, but I might be able to manage financially, so if there’s another who needs help with the ticket more than me, please send them!

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