10 with a 10: Jillian Lockwood

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10 with a 10:
I ask Q's of a 10, snap a Polaroid and share it with ya'll.

This week, all rise for the formidable Jillian Lockwood! This beauty is such juicy company to be around - so open, so wise, so up front. We sipped coffee's at Sorry and I left hanging off her level of excellence in what she does and who she is. What a presence this one is.

Read on...

1. What do you do and what does it give to people?

I'm the PR Manager at a Toronto-based technology company that focuses on building products for creative professionals. Our primary offering is an online portfolio platform that's used by thousands of photographers, designers, illustrators and artists in over 190 countries.

I help market and spread awareness about our tools amongst artists and creatives in an effort to help them achieve success. It's rewarding to know my projects might give someone that extra little nudge towards pursuing their passion.

2. What's a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?

I'm a firm believer that establishing a personal brand can lead to unthinkable opportunities. To both fresh graduates and colleagues alike, I often express that there's no time like the present to share thoughts on a topic you're interested in or embody a cause you believe in. You can't just say you're into something anymore, you've got to show it.

That said, I've been delaying the launch a personal project—the culmination of my interests—largely due to my perfectionist nature. It's time to stomach some of my own advice and take action. 

3. How do you rely on others to make you better?

I'm a bit of an extremist, so I end up surrounding my all-or-nothing self with two kinds of people: ones that balance me and ones that energize me.

My parents are both very logical and help me navigate practicalities of my rollercoaster life, while my partner reminds me to take a deep breath and enjoy my surroundings.

My girlfriends, on the other hand, drive me to hustle harder. They're one of the most hungry, creative, passionate, convicted and down right cool groups of females I know. A future doctor slash fashion designer, a soon-to-be lawyer and already feminist, a marketer that dreams up inventions in her spare time... no destination is too far to reach and no task is unaccomplishable. I feel blessed to have found people that share the same nothing-is-impossible mentality. 

4. Someone gives you 50 mill. What's the FIRST way your life changes?

I'd love to dedicate a year to becoming more thoughtful—a more thoughtful friend, a more thoughtful collaborator, a more thoughtful businessperson and a more thoughtful citizen—something that can be a tough achieve amongst the busyness of our fast-paced modern world. To do so, I'd likely journey solo to places that challenge my current way of life and provide a beautiful backdrop for reflection, so I can make better decisions around investing the cash. 

5. What has compelled you forward more than anything else?
Finding purpose, more than anything. I have all this energy and all this opinion, and have been working on channeling that towards a place that is productive and purposeful and makes me happy. The more I try, the closer I get.

6. Do you like when people ask you, "Where do you want to be in 5 years?"

It's funny you ask that. Just last week, a friend of mine and I were talking about the importance of long-term goals, but each found ourselves without a concrete answer to above. What we did conclude is that we care about how we'll feel in 5 or 10 years, over where exactly we are or what exactly we're doing.

Personally, I'd love to feel accomplished and more connected to people, with today's same thirst for knowledge.

7. If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue this week, what would it say?

I'm currently in the midst of moving, so a lot of my mental energy has been focused on that change.

Am I making the right choice?
Where am I going to find the time to pack?
How can I hold on to all these memories?
How have I accumulated so many things?
But I can't let go of the pink tutu...
Movers cost how much?!
Change is good. Letting go is good.
Where did I put my glass of wine down? Is the pizza almost here yet?

8. Are you spontaneous?

Calculated during the day, spontaneous at night.

9. Are you failing differently each time?

I think there's traits that we all have that we'd like to change, or at the very least, shape for the better—but aren't necessarily going go away; they're part of our DNA. So while I'd like to say, "yes, I'm not repeating a single mistake," I don't think that's completely truthful. I try to learn from all of my experiences and share those learnings with others, but sometimes doing better takes a few tries. 

10. Paul Newman or Robert Redford?

Robert Redford. I was had at 'ski resort founder'.