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CARSON TING

Artist

Carson Ting was born and raised in Toronto but has called Vancouver home for the last 13 years. He previously worked as an art director in advertising but has fully transitioned into managing his art and design studio, Chairman Ting Industries. Carson leverages his decades of experience in conceptual commercial creativity with his fun illustrative visual art styles to provide his clients with powerful and unique hand-crafted work. The studio's name was inspired by the idea of creating something industrious, grand, and ridiculous for a company that was small but with the capabilities to take on big projects.

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Motivation

Positive change in people’s lives through creativity and art.

Work

Yes, the work has to be fun because life is too short for boring work.

Success

It’s both luck and strategy. I happen to be in the right place and at the right time. Starting my career in advertising has helped give me a real good look at the business of creativity from all angles.

Impact

There are too many people who have had a positive impact on my career so it’s extremely hard to just name one person who has had the most impact. First and foremost, I would say my Dad. He taught me how to draw Tarzan and his introduction to wooden pencil crayons blew my mind. At the time, I thought pencils only produced gray lines so the moment I saw colour coming out of the crayons truly blew me away. The second person is my old boss and now my friend and mentor, Glen Hunt. He helped identify my strengths and weaknesses and how to strategically put them in use for projects I was working on at the time.

Collaboration

At the core, I have a tiny team that consists of only 3 people but on an extended level, I am fortunate to be surrounded by friends that are not only talented but also super nice people. I believe the teams I’ve worked with over the years have been built through trust and respect.

Challenges

No, because I never took it seriously. It was a side hustle that I did for fun when I worked full time as an advertising art director.

Positive change in people’s lives through creativity and art.

One of the worst experiences I had was when the time I was working on a national automotive ad campaign in Toronto. I had worked countless nights and weekends for months on this ad campaign that I had helped sold through that required many international shoot locations that included places like Cairo, Rome, and Paris. It was a dream come true and I was completely over the moon about the prospects of shooting my campaign in these foreign locations but a senior creative director (who shall be unnamed) decided to hijack this project which had him take my place for all the international locations while I was left to take care of the shoot locally in Toronto. To make matters worst, a week before my flight I told all my peers about my upcoming commercial shoot around the world. So not only was it embarrassing but also a huge blow to my ego.

Experience

Advice

Listen to your gut and turn off all distractions such as social media and just keep creating the work you love. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who inspire you because you never know who will answer the door and show you the way.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who inspire you because you never know who will answer the door and show you the way.
-carson ting
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CARSON TING

REELWORLD'S

2021 TRAILBLAZER
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Artist

2021 VISIONARY AWARD

2021 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE