The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Caitlin Peters

There are some of truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

Caitlin has been a loyal collaborator for around 5 years now. We first worked together while she was a photo editor at Field & Stream with Amy Berkley. Caitlin has always been an amazing force to have on your side and I’m fortunate to be able to call her a friend. I’ll let her tell the rest.

1. Name one actress in one movie to represent you as a teenager?

I definitely was not a stereotype so there was no one actress/movie who represented me.  This mash up was me in High School: I was a somewhat popular (Claire Standish, The Breakfast Club) artsy jock (Kat Stratford, 10 Things I Hate About You), who was best dressed (Cher Horowitz, Clueless), dated the captain of the football team (no idea, any suggestions?), but who crushed on the misfits (Cindi Mancini, Can’t Buy Me Love).

2. What is your preferred vehicle or mode of transportation?

A Boat, obviously:

3. What is your favorite beverage for creative inspiration?

I like to drink. Period. I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and usually a glass of wine every night.  However, for creative inspiration, I like to drink a Manhattan at some swank, cozy bar when it’s cold outside.  So thank you Lady Randolph Churchill, even though the story of you inventing it is likely false.

4. Name your favorite band/singer and album?

I’ve always hated to choose favorite foods, tv shows, movies etc.  I like a lot of pop culture, but, for the sake of the question, I’m going to say you can never go wrong with classics like Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Volume 1-2 and The Rolling Stones Forty Licks.

5. How did you get where you are today?

Moving vans.  Lots and lots of moving vans.

6. Where do you source your inspiration?

I open my eyes and look at what is around me on a daily basis – shapes, sounds, colors, faces, smells, it’s all out there for the taking.  I also try to keep up on the arts by visiting museums or galleries and going to plays or symphonies whenever the opportunity presents itself.

7. What is your philosophy on creating?

Just do it, just create.  Don’t hesitate, get it all out there.  You can always scrap an idea, but I find it’s good to get the less inspiring ideas out of your head first to make room for the truly great ideas. I’m also a big fan of collaborations, some of the best ideas happen when people act as building blocks for one another.

8. Describe a defining moment in your career that has led you to where you are today?

I suppose it was when I transitioned from the art photo world to the commercial photo world and became the Assistant Photo Editor at Maxim magazine.  Thank goodness Felix Dennis brought the ‘Lad Mag’ to the US and provided me with the opportunity to fly to Acapulco and scout hot college girls on spring break while partying with ex cast members of The Real World and Road Rules. That’s classy stuff right there.

9. Name one photographer that you’d love to work with but haven’t yet?

There are quite a few!  But it would be nice to do an amazingly glamorous shoot with Norman Jean Roy.

10. If the world was ending in 2012, how will you change your life plan?

Ha, well, I guess I would throw the life plan out the window, because I wouldn’t have much of one left.  I would just want to be home, in Connecticut (which has already seen the beginning of the apocalypse this Fall!), and spend time with my family. It’s that simple.