What do an athlete and an artist have in common?
The Creative Performer journey began in 2010 and has been evolving ever since. Amanda and Jarred met in graduate school. Jarred was in the final year of his MFA in Graphic Design, and Amanda was just starting her Ph.D in Psychology while also winding down the final year of her career as a track and field athlete. At the time they met, both Amanda and Jarred were deeply immersed in the formative years of developing and refining their professional crafts. Since then, they’ve been having a ten-year conversation about the numerous and exciting discoveries and overlaps in their fields. These discoveries eventually led to the development of the Creative Performer—first to address challenges and setbacks in Jarred’s own professional creative practice as a freelance Graphic Designer and later with similar setbacks Jarred noticed with Graphic Design students taking his studio courses. Since then Amanda and Jarred have gone on to co-teach Creative Performance driven projects at the university level, lecture and write about Creative Performance for academic conferences, and host workshops with professional creative teams currently operating in the private sector. They deeply enjoying working with current and emerging professionals who are passionate about sustained improvement and continued refinement of their professional craft(s).
More About Amanda:
Amanda Alexander is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in Sport & Performance Psychology and founder of Stretch Performance Psychology, a private counseling + consulting practice. Amanda specializes in working with high performing and creative populations such as athletes, performing artists, physicians/surgeons, and graduate students. She views her craft as a marriage of art and science and is passionate about helping others reach their fullest potential in whatever field they strive to excel within. As a previous collegiate Division I Track & Field athlete, Alexander earned Academic All-American (second team) honors and was a member of the 2009 Indoor National Championship winning Track & Field team at the University of Tennessee. She continues to stay highly active through yoga, running, swimming, paddleboarding, traveling, and always staying on the lookout for a good piece of chocolate or a new houseplant.
More About Jarred:
Jarred Elrod is a Graphic Designer and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Florida. As a practitioner and educator, his primary area of interest is developing cross-discipline strategies to enhance creative potential and mental resiliency amongst emerging and current creative professionals. Elrod works on client-based and self-initiated projects primarily situated in the areas of social justice advocacy, higher education and theatre. He has taught as a Visiting Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration at Gaungxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China and his work has recently been featured in HOW Magazine, the Texas Biennial, and the Bolivia International Poster Biennial. When he’s not teaching or making things, he can be found on ambitious road trips, tapping out drum beats on any surface that makes noise, or sipping hot coffee from his favorite metal thermos.