Artist. Communicator. Creative Person.

curious
about everything.

“Julie Laurin is an extremely talented artist whose photos are evocative, stunning and brilliantly capture the essence of her subjects. Her work has great integrity and she’s a wonderfully warm and generous person to boot. So happy with her and her work.”

– Alix Sideris (Actor/Director)

What i do

Writing

I write about various topics related to the arts, science and business.

Art

I create stunning images for artistic and promotional purposes.

Consulting

I’m a Tech/Marketing consultant, specializing in Growth.

recent articles

Execution is more important than ideas

Here's what I've learned over time: your idea doesn't matter. There are plenty of people with good ideas. There are very few people who can actually properly execute those ideas. It's the execution that matters the most. There. That's it. That's the golden rule. Of...

Life during a pandemic: the value of time

Time is a notion that we still don’t quite understand. We can measure it, we can think about it, we can draw conclusions from our past and make predictions about the future. We can easily tell others how to best use their time; many make a living by doing this. We...

Life during a pandemic: why slowing down is good for everyone.

I have been mulling over what to write these past few days. I’ve been watching (and preparing for) the pandemic spread since I first learned about it in December. It’s been hard. Let me clarify, it’s not been hard living in isolation. It’s been hard watching people...

Salary negotiations 101

Here's a little primer on how to deal with salaries for professional jobs. I've written this with academics and private industry professionals in mind, but it can apply to almost everyone who is applying to jobs where the salary scales aren't published. I know you...

That mid-life question mark

The world isn't like it used to be. The prescribed 'get a job, get married, get a house, have kids, retire with a full pension' life that our parents had doesn't really exist anymore. Things have changed. I grew up with the mindset that if you changed jobs too often,...

Become what interests you

I listen to a lot of comedy podcasts.  More specifically, podcasts hosted by comedians.  I don’t watch a lot of stand-up, and in a lot of cases, I’ve never watched their specials.  But, I absolutely love their podcasts. Why? Because when comedians get...

The reality of the working world

The reality of the working world is that no one wants to talk about the reality of the working world.  This is my conclusion after twenty or so years in the white collar (and sometimes tshirt and ripped jeans) world of IT work.  It doesn’t matter how hip...

The next innovation is in healthcare.

If there's one industry problem I've always wanted to tackle, it's the problem of booking appointments, and filling out your health profile with your provider, online. As it stands, almost every provider I've dealt with in Canada has their own system. If you're a...

“You never stick with stuff!”

I'm gonna address an elephant in the room here, which is that I have the reputation for never "sticking with stuff" when it comes to personal projects (there's a huge distinction between 'personal' and 'professional', so read on). I've started a million personal...

What I learned from my visit to the Island.

There has to be a word for what I’m feeling right now, a quasi-depressed state for having returned to the city after having spent over a week in the wilderness, near the ocean, on Prince Edward Island. Due to time constraints, we chose to fly there and back. Usually,...

Execution is more important than ideas

Here's what I've learned over time: your idea doesn't matter. There are plenty of people with good ideas. There are very few people who can actually properly execute those ideas. It's the execution that matters the most. There. That's it. That's the golden rule. Of...

My dream life, after 50.

I think about it a lot, what I want my life to be like after 50. I picked that age randomly, as a way to give myself enough time to get what I'm after. When I was younger, I imagined what life would be like, but I didn't always chase after it. Now, I live a life...

Bring me a battle.

I was recently interviewed on a Twitch stream, where I was asked, a few times, about how I perceive failure. It's something I hadn't really thought about, probably because I stopped worrying about failure many years ago. During the interview, I was trying to figure...

I miss the chaos.

It's 2021, and we're still in lockdown. About this time last year, I remember seeing photos coming out of China. People panicking due to some strange flu going around. Meanwhile, nobody here was paying much attention to it, yet. By March, we started locking things...

January 2021: A different kind of year

Every January, I usually take the month off from the news, and from the Internet. I have usually spent my January time outside, or reading books printed on paper. This January, I haven't even begun to read any of my new books. It's a year unlike any other year,...

Writing for fun

I was reading a post the other day written by a marketer who felt that marketing professionals with blogs that are rarely updated shouldn't be hired as marketers. Of course, he failed to differentiate between personal and business blogs, and he felt that if a marketer...

How to find your voice

If there's one thing that runs true through all of the interviews, and all of the conversations I've had with artists throughout the years, it's this: you're not gonna get anywhere by becoming a carbon copy of somebody else. You have to find that "thing" that makes...

For the love of a microscope

I bought a microscope a few weeks ago.  It has changed my world. I’ve been trying to write an article on this topic for a few nights now, but I’m struggling with it.  The truth is, I’m having a hard time describing in words what this experience has been...

Do things the wrong way

As I delve further into the microscopic world, I’m discovering some interesting parallels between playing with my microscope and playing with my camera.  I’ve always been a photographer who wanted to know as little as possible about the technical side of things...

Artists don’t stop.

They wait, or they repress. But once born an artist, you're always an artist. This is a personal story. Music has always been a trigger for me. "Trigger", these days, has a negative connotation. But, in my case, music has always triggered a deep desire to create....

How to find your voice

If there's one thing that runs true through all of the interviews, and all of the conversations I've had with artists throughout the years, it's this: you're not gonna get anywhere by becoming a carbon copy of somebody else. You have to find that "thing" that makes...

An artist should act, and fail.

We have made three major cultural mistakes in Canada. We've elevated conceptual art in our schools, and in our museums (where the artist's concept of a piece is more important than the finished piece itself). We've created an unbalanced expectation that our youth...

what i’M WORKING ON: 

A Tiny World: website and livestream.

Exploring the microscopic world!

Planet B612: podcast.

Long-format interviews with artists and scientists!

Planet B612 Podcast

wanna talk?

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