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we need an oh joy crafter/stylist! 17 Jun 2015

Oh Joy Crafter/Stylist

Ok guys, so half of the Oh Joy team is pregnant! And when you only have four people on your team, that's a big deal. I am looking for a talented person to help fill-in while our in-house crafter/stylist, Julia, is on maternity leave. This is a great chance to work at our studio, build your portfolio, and get to be part of creating so many different things. You can see a sampling above of the work that you'd get to do!

CRAFT/STYLING/PRODUCTION ASSISTANT 
Duties include:
-Sourcing of materials and supplies for projects
-Creative brainstorming, ideation, and storyboarding for photo shoots and videos
-Crafting and producing DIY projects and recipes
-Styling food, still lifes, and interiors

Qualifications:
-A love of fashion, food, home decor, and DIY
-Great hand skills (your friends say you can make anything!), creative thinker, and crafty
-Resourceful, efficient, strong multi-tasker, organized, punctual, excellent attention to detail
-Enthusiastic, go-getter attitude, and exemplary work ethic
-Consistent availability
-Experience working on photo shoots or TV sets a plus
-Graphic design skills and working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator a plus

This is a paid, temporary, part-time position to run approximately from August through November. Exact pay will be based on experience. You must live in the Los Angeles area and have access to a car.

In order to apply, please download and fill out this application, then email it to: hi@ohjoy.com with the directions noted on the application. 

Label the subject of the email with: “OH JOY CRAFTER/STYLIST”. We will be accepting applications for the next two weeks and reviewing them by July 1st. If you or anyone you know fits the bill, we would love to hear from you!

oh joy answers / on finding success... 11 Jun 2015

Oh Joy Answers

Hey guys, here's my newest video in the Oh Joy answers series. Today I'm talking about the one thing that I think has helped me to find success in my career. It might seem like common sense, but it's something I've been doing since I started my career 14 years ago...

What do you think? What has helped YOU find success in your career?

And, I promise I'll be wearing a different shirt in the next Answers video (We filmed the last 5 videos on the same day ;).

hey boo (boo), let's party! 8 Jun 2015

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Oh Joy Band-Aid Party

Last week, we held a small brunch here in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of the BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!. It was fun getting to hang with friends and have a party inspired by the smallest item we have ever designed! We filled Elysian with tons of color, pattern, good food, and good friends. Here are a bunch of photos of all the details if you'd like to see...

(click below to see more)

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Oh Joy to the Rescue! 28 May 2015

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

You guys! I’m excited to announce our newest products—BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! & First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! For your tiny boo and their boo-boo’s, we’ve partnered with Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies to design bandages that help cover up cuts and scrapes. The products add a playful twist to iconic first aid staples. Ruby is obsessed with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages and tries to convince us to let her wear them even when she doesn’t have an ouchie.

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

No one likes it when they get a real cut or scrape, but I wanted to be able to inject a little fun into the healing process with some of our favorite Oh Joy patterns in a variety of colors and sizes!

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

The handy First Aid Kit can be used to keep on hand at home, in the car, at the office or in your purse so that you are always prepared for any mishaps.

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy! are available only at Target stores and Target.com for $2.49. The First Aid Kit by Oh Joy! will be available only at Target stores and Target.com, free with the purchase of three qualifying items (such as BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment, BAND-AID® Brand of First Aid Products Gauze and Tapes, and Extra Strength BENADRYL® Itch Stopping Cream).

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Oh Joy!

I’m super excited to wear these myself, too, and to finally have a cute First Aid Kit to keep on hand at home and at my office! This has been a dream product to design, and I hope you guys love them, too!

P.S. Share your snaps of your new first aid products by Oh Joy! with the hashtag #OhJoyToTheRescue!

oh joy answers / coming up with a business name... 20 May 2015

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Hey guys, here's my newest video in the Oh Joy answers series. Today, I'm talking about coming up with a name for your business. Do you go with your personal name or with a made-up name? Press play below!

oh joy answers / the biggest mistake entrepreneurs make... 11 May 2015

Oh Joy Answers

Hey guys, here's my newest video in the Oh Joy answers series...talking about what I think is one of the biggest mistake new entrepreneurs make. Some people might disagree with me on this one, but it's something I've seen gone wrong way more than I've seen it gone right...

What do you think?

oh joy book parties / recap! 23 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

You guys, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement, craziness, and a little less sleep than usual with the launch of the Oh Joy book and my recent book tour. I had a couple book parties—one in LA and one in New York to celebrate with those of you who have been such wonderful supporters of Oh Joy. It was seriously amazing to meet each and every one of you who came out. I wish we could go to more cities, but as a mama of two (and one being very tiny), two cities was all I could make happen right now. But, I wanted to share some photos from the two parties so that in some small way it can feel like you guys in other cities were all there celebrating with us, too!

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

In LA, West Elm was decked out in streamers galore. It's inspiring to see how much a space can change with the work of a few really creative people. My team (Casey, Angie, and Julia) and I were so excited to celebrate this baby that we'd all worked on for so long together.

Oh Joy Book Party - Los Angeles

During the party, it was fun being there with Oh Joy readers and supporters, friends, family, colleagues, many happy and familiar faces, and simply everyone who took the time to come by. We snacked on treats by Heirloom LA and we all screamed for ice cream by Jeni's Ice Cream.

And then in New York....(click below to see more)

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oh joy answers / when you like to do so many things... 22 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Answers

In a new Oh Joy Answers, we're talking about what to do when you like to do so many things! And, if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future videos, please let me know in the comments below!

oh joy answers / how to set yourself apart... 10 Apr 2015

Oh Joy Answers

A few years ago (before my life got busier with babies), I did a ton of phone and Skype consulting for other creative small businesses. I loved connecting with people (especially women) who needed some guidance, advice, or someone to just keep them accountable in their new/existing/in-need-of-an-update business path. I haven't been able to offer consulting much lately, so we usually refer folks to read Creative, Inc. or Blog, Inc. But, there are still some questions that I get asked a lot and things I may not have addressed in the past.

SO, we've started a new mini video series called "Oh Joy Answers" where I'll be answering some common business questions. It's super casual and like we're just chatting together in my living room. Let me know what you guys think of these and if it's helpful for you. And, if you have any questions you'd like to see covered in future videos, please let me know in the comments below!

Here's the first one!

career day / an ice cream maker... 25 Mar 2015

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

If you’re from the Mid-West (or if you’re a huge ice cream fan like me), then you may have heard of Jeni’s Ice Cream. Jeni Britton Bauer (aka “Jeni”) is one of those entrepreneurs to appears to have a job that anyone would want—making ice cream, coming up with flavors, and creating joy for people all over the country with her sweet concoctions.

Jeni’s Ice Cream recently opened up a new shop right near me in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, so Ruby and I stopped by to chat with Jeni and get a behind-the-scenes peek at what it’s like to live and breathe ice cream. And (of course), to eat a little ice cream, too!

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

Here's a look at our visit to Jeni's for a Career Day field trip. I’ve also asked Jeni to share a bit about her history, growing an ice cream empire, and what she’s hoping it’s all leading to some day...

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

When and why did you start Jeni's? / In the early ‘90s I was messing around with ice cream, collecting scents, and studying art at Ohio State. During a figure drawing class one day, a model I didn’t like to draw walked in. So, I got up, left my portfolio and all my supplies at my desk, and just walked out. I thought, ‘I don’t want to do this any more. I want to make ice cream.’ I quit everything else, too—school, side jobs—just threw myself into making ice cream and figuring out how to create a living doing that.

Within six months I started my first ice cream business, which didn't work. So, I took time off, traveled, lived, learned, and studied customer service. The thing that didn’t work at my first ice cream business was surprising people with new menus all the time. When I opened Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 in the North Market in Columbus, I made sure to offer signature flavors along with just a few surprises. 

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

When did you know you had something good? / The day we opened for business in November 2002—the day of the OSU/­Michigan football game. We thought we’d open that day to give ourselves a little warm up, to open softly, you know. OSU/­Michigan game day in Columbus is a holy day. Every man, woman, and child is glued to the TV on that day in Columbus. But much to our surprise there was a giant line all day. We’ve never looked back.

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

If there were two of you, what other type of business would the other Jeni have? / I grew up in Peoria, Illinois, in the cradle of the greatest sandwich on earth, the breaded pork tenderloin. Other Jeni would open a joint that served from­ scratch breaded tenderloins on tiny white buns, served with dill pickles, homemade mustard, and potato salad. One pilsner on tap to wash it all down. 

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Do you take off on the weekends? / I’m never not working. I’m working the same way today as I did when I started making my own ice cream in the mid ‘90s: pretty much every moment I’m awake. I’m not bragging or complaining—whatever I’m reading, watching, listening to, and doing goes into whatever the next ice cream flavor is.

Sometimes I feel like a character in a comic book, like I fell into a vat of magical ice cream a couple decades ago and emerged with ice cream fused to my DNA. I go to work everyday thinking of how to improve the texture or body of my ice cream. Or how to get one flavor just right. I think about it constantly. And when I’m not thinking about it actively, there is a little spot on my brain that is always dedicated to only thinking about ice cream. It’s on no matter where I am or what I’m doing. It’s even on while I sleep. 

With 20 stores currently, what is your dream for your brand? World ice cream domination?  My only dream for this company is for us to make better ice cream tomorrow than we did today. One day at a time, that is what we’re trying to do here. As far as shops go, the goal has never been and never will be to open a chain of cookie-­cutter, look­-a­like shops. We own and operate our shops and I have my hands in every detail of the way each one looks and feels. I can’t imagine just opening a bunch of clone shops and just sitting back. I like the work too much. 

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

Favorite ice cream? / I’ll never get tired of Lemon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. It’s so creamy, tart, and refreshing. I also LOVE it on pies in the summer!

Worst part about your job? / The existence of deadlines. I always think I can improve whatever ice cream we’re about to release! 

Best part about your job? / Being able to create something out of everything I absorb every day. This job didn’t just fall out of the sky for me. I had to make choices to create the opportunity for myself, but I’m proud and thankful I’m able to earn a living by creating something I dream up.

Jeni's Ice Cream / Los Angeles

One thing that has happened in your career that you never expected? / Giving speeches. It still floors me that people want to hear me tell my story. I’m always flattered.

One thing that has happened in your career that you completely expected and had hoped for? / When I was first messing around with ice cream, I mixed cayenne essential oil into regular store-­bought chocolate ice cream. I let it melt slowly on my tongue. It was cold, tasted like chocolate, and about five seconds later it burst into flames in the back of my throat. It was like the sky tore in two and light enveloped me. Right then I knew that ice cream would be my life. I didn’t know how I would do it, how long it would take, how many people, how much money, but I knew it was my path. For some crazy reason, I always thought there could be a place in the world where art, perfume, and ice cream could get along. I always thought that. And I guess it appears to be true. 

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

Jeni's Ice Cream / Career Day Field Trip

Even with a huge, booming business, Jeni remains kind, humble, and deeply grounded and loyal to her Mid-West roots. Thanks so much to Jeni and the team at Jeni's Ice Cream for an inspiring visit! I'm pretty sure Ruby enjoyed this Career Day field trip when she said afterwards that it was "the best day EVER!".

Jeni's Ice Cream | 1954 Hillhurst Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90027 | 323-928-2668

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy} 

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