Mind at Work: Project Manager David Forbert

Whenever possible, we like to sit down with one of our creative minds at VSA to find out what inspires them. In a world where there’s constantly pressure to “produce, produce, produce,” it’s important to stop and reflect on the special people, places and things that actually drive our creativity. Today, VSA Project Manager David Forbert sheds light on the four things that inspire him and help him do what he does.

1. Videography

I work with various disciplines here at VSA, so whenever possible, I like to seize opportunities where I can learn more about those skills. So far, my favorite crash course to date was my intro to videography. Last winter I borrowed a proper camera from my friend, downloaded some video editing software and dove right in. The whole experience was extremely eye opening. Since then, I sometimes have to watch movies twice; once to enjoy the story and a second time to appreciate the camerawork and editing.

2. Craftsmanship

What started as a way to achieve the “vibe” that my wife and I envisioned for our apartment, quickly turned into a bit of an obsession for the better part of 2015. From tables and furniture pieces to light fixtures, I found myself constantly thinking about how different materials could work together in a way that made me either think, “that makes sense”, or “I can’t believe that works.” Since then, my wife and I try to regularly attend events like Chicago’s Randolph Street Market to admire other people’s work and think, “that makes sense”, or “I can’t believe that works.”

3. Sibling Rivalry

Maybe rivalry is a strong word, but my twin brother and I have always been driven by each other’s accomplishments and, luckily, have always been really supportive of each other. We started out booking shows for independent metal/hardcore acts at the grimiest venues in the country. We’re now both at really great companies doing work that we truly care about. Continuing to watch each other’s journey (through work and life) is something that I find extremely inspiring.

4. Great Musicians

Growing up with a father as a career musician, I realized pretty quickly that there are many components that define great musicians. In a world where a Macbook can sit on a stage and perform for a crowd, I think that it’s become increasingly important for great musicians to be recognized. Hearing a great album, discovering that the artist(s) wrote all of the material, then seeing them lay down a dialed set for 15, 50, 200 people live–there’s nothing more inspiring than the amount of work that goes into pulling that off.