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Brett Saiia

Senior Art Director
Boston, MA
What's a work of art that changed your life (and why)?

If you count old time music as a work of art then there you have it. Early on in college I tried taking guitar lessons for the first time, but the classes were full and I was out of luck. Fortunately a friend had recently introduced me to old time music in the form of the Poweshiek Pluckers, an old time band on campus, and I was hooked. The next thing you know I’m taking banjo lessons. By summer I was living in a house with the Poweshiek Pluckers, playing farmers markets and square dances all across Iowa. It was probably one of the best summers of my life.

What's the strangest job you ever had?

It’s a toss up between my time at the hydraulics factory (mopping up oil) and my short career installing lawn sprinkler systems (digging holes). Both were very educational. I also sold empanadas for a short while; this was much more rewarding and delicious.

What's the weirdest thing that ever happened to you while traveling for Collective Next?

I can’t say it wasn’t partially my fault, but let’s just leave it at me wearing a gorilla suit at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey. 

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Brett is quick with a quip and even quicker with his pen.

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