When Jason wasn't completely fulfilled by his career, he started a tech business on the side. Credit: Ricardo Birnbaum
Name: Jason Anderson Age: 33 Residency: Chelsea Lives with: Two roommates Number of jobs: 2
Our Second Shift series features people working more than one job and finding creative ways to make money. This week, meet a guy who got involved with a start-up because he felt trapped by the corporate environment. Want to be featured? Email Emily.Laurence@metro.us.
How did your start-up tech business come about?
About three years ago, I started questioning where I wanted to be in five years, and even 10 years. Over the years I've worked in commercial art, advertising and branding. I know how to do a lot of things but my job positions only let me do so much. In every job I’d had, I kept hitting my head on the glass ceiling. I’d get there, learn what there was to learn in a year or two, and then there would be no opportunity for a promotion. So when a friend reached out to me about starting a technology company, I said yes.
But you also work full-time during the day. How do you have time to do both?
I work full-time 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. as an art director at a really large clothing company. At 6 p.m., I head to my Web design office and stay there until about 9 or 10 at night. I go to the gym from 9 to 10:30 p.m. I get home around 11 p.m. and drop dead every night.
So no one is meeting up with you for happy hour during the week.
I haven’t seen happy hour in three years. … But considering how much I [do], my stress level is actually not so bad. I go from one office where I actually enjoy my job and work with really good people to another office where I do the same thing.
How do you start working your second job refreshed after already having worked the entire day?
It really depends on how much exercise I’m getting, how well I’m eating and how much sleep I got. You’re really always preparing for how you feel tomorrow today.
Being an art designer and working at a tech start up are totally different from each other.
Right. They are 100 percent not related. … As an art director, I design graphics, patterns and prints. At the start up, I work with consultants to help service each of their industries. The Web site is real estate focused and it’s partially a job market for people who do building maintenance. I meet with different people in the service industry and figure out how to do every single thing they’ve seen in their whole careers.
New York is a great place to be an entrepreneur because there are so many meet-up groups and people willing to help each other.