Some of you may remember me talking about my day job of running my sign company. I’ve had it for around 22 years now.
Within the sign industry, the biggest, most famous magazine that exists is SignCraft Magazine. It’s all about old and new craftsmanship on creating signs of all kinds. Tips, tricks, and the most beautiful signs ever made.
I was never encouraged to send my work to SignCraft. I just slapped on vinyl and didn’t really do anything show worthy, so I never even tried.
But then I started making signs for interior decorating, and all that changed.
After I was encouraged (PUSHED) to fire in an article to SignCraft on what I was doing with signs the Funky Junk way, I actually landed IN SignCraft in a big way. A full two page spread!
Isn’t that the most ironic thing ever? You do a job for 22 years that you found ‘ok’. But you rev up something else for 3 years and land in one of the top magazines in the world in an OFF TOPIC kinda way? What a fantastic loophole that was.
Truly, this was SUCH a big deal for me. You can read about my very LONG original SignCraft story HERE. You’ll love it.
So anyway, my buddy Dan was hosting a sculpting workshop at his place a few weeks ago and I had planned to visit one evening and take a few pictures for him. And meet a very special guest. And that would be Mr. SignCraft himself, Tom McIltrot.
I was kinda geeking out about it. I mean, I landed in his magazine only once, so I really wasn’t some major anything. But he was to me, know what I mean?
But then one evening the phone rang. It was Tom. He was calling from Dan’s and wanted to know when he could see my house.
So you can image what I did next. I cleaned my house. You may think that sounds easy but I’ll have you know I had my work cut out for me. 🙂
And then I skipped over next door and met Tom.
But poor Tom didn’t get too far. This crazy junker runs into the bay, and giddy as can be, smacks an old copy of SignCraft in his hands and begs for a signature on her article.
NO SHAME HERE.
Now just in CASE you missed this moment, lemme take another angle…
Everyone? This is my buddy, Tom! 🙂
After signing the magazine, he nudged me and sincerely said, “This was a REALLY GREAT article!”
Yes it was Tom, you helped make it shine! Thank-you!
Tom is more than just a magazine editor. Tom is a dream maker. He allows countless sign makers to be published for the first time, or many times over. And know, if you land in SignCraft, you have accomplished something amazing.
Tom is also a VERY good sport. He let me set him up with all kinds of spontaneous photo ops and rolled with it.
And hold onto your rust… this next picture’s a doozy! Ready?! Brace yourself!
That’s Tom you know where! He sat beside my junk lamp before I even put it on the blog.
Disclaimer… I told Tom to hold the magazine upside down so we could tell he was leisurely reading SignCraft in the comforts of my home, on a pure whim of course!
I told you he was a good sport.
So… how many are fortunate to sit for an evening and chat all things magazines? Not many. But I lucked out big. Not only did we discuss magazines, we got into layouts, and all kinds of talk. And Tom did one more thing for me that no one else seemed to be able to.
He encouraged me to write. I mean, for more than the blog. He got wind I had several ebooks on the go but couldn’t seem to find the confidence to bring them to completion. So he sat down with me and took the time to hear me out.
Know what he did next? He hand sketched layouts to help me get set up. This is where I stalled. To write AND design is a big deal. I was stuck on the design. And Tom saw me through it.
That night, I got home around 11pm and wrote till 3am, playing with Tom’s suggestions. And I’ve been tinkering on it ever since. I’m getting there! For all those that have been waiting patiently for me to wrap up my old sign ebook, I. Am. Getting. There!
I needed Tom that weekend more than he even realized. And please feel free to geek out right along with me one more time, because I wasn’t gonna let him out of my sight without one last shot WITH him. Have you recovered from me yet, Tom? 🙂
What are the chances? Your past life comes knocking, encouraging you to move forward toward your new chosen path? I can barely comprehend the irony in this one. Some people are meant to enter your life in some capacity. I feel very blessed Tom touched mine.
When SignCraft Magazine visited Funky Junk, it was a very good day indeed.
Thank-you friend! I hope to do your suggestions proud…. soon! 🙂