Some jobs are more than a career — they’re a calling! Ms. Emily Lo, Fire Department Battalion Chief, considers firefighting one such role. During Part 2 of our conversation, we dive into the relationship between the police and the fire department and the difference between a fire truck and a fire engine before Ms. Lo shares the story of one of the first fires she put out at age 20. She shares the process of moving up in the ranks and the typical daily calls she receives, before discussing why she doesn’t consider her job to be about her, but rather the people she serves. We explore balancing family life with a career at the fire department, setting priorities, and her favorite aspects of the job. To finish, we discuss the amazing sense of teamwork that Ms. Lo considers a highlight of the job. Tune in to hear all this and more from our trailblazing guest!
Key Points From This Episode:
- The relationship between the police and the fire department.
- Distinguishing between a fire truck and a fire engine and which one carries water.
- The story of one of Ms. Lo’s first fires at the age of 20.
- Why the worst calls she receives involve children.
- How many calls she receives per day.
- The process of advancing ranks in the fire department.
- When firefighters in different cities work together.
- Why firefighting is by far the most rewarding career that Ms. Lo can think of.
- Why she doesn’t consider her job to be about her, but the people she serves.
- Balancing family life with a career as a firefighter.
- Learning that something’s got to give, and she cannot take on certain responsibilities.
- Ms. Lo’s favorite aspects of her job: helping to deliver babies, when things go well at work, teamwork and more.
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"Dr. Melissa Bauman, the Neuroscientist!"
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"Mr. Brian Maroney, the Bridge Engineer!"
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"Dr. Ban Truong, the ER Doctor!" - Part 2
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"Dr. Ban Truong, the ER Doctor!" - Part 1
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"Dr. David Liang, Cardiologist at Stanford University!" - Part 2
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"Dr. David Liang, Cardiologist at Stanford University!" - Part 1
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"Mr. Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum!" - Part 2
40:42Welcome back to part two of this incredible miniseries, where we speak to Mr. Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator at Crocker Art Museum about what it means to be a museum curator. As an author who has written extensively about art, Mr. Shields builds on our conversation from last time by letting us in on the cost and effort of creating an exhibition catalog and sharing some of the books he has written. Tuning in today, you’ll learn more about the little title cards that go next to the artworks in a museum, how the meaning of art has evolved over time, and what makes it valuable in the first place. Mr. Shields also gives us a glimpse into the career path that led him to Crocker, from what he studied and where to how he gained experience in the art world through internships, plus so much more! As he says, there is no such thing as a “typical day” for a museum curator, but that’s part of what he loves about his job. To hear Mr. Shields’ advice for aspiring curators and find out if you have what it takes to become one, be sure to join us for this inspiring and informative conversation!Key Points From This Episode:Mr. Shields’ career as a writer and the role that catalogs play in exhibitions.The amount of work that goes into creating a book about a particular show.Insight into museum title cards; which display information about each artwork.Some of the books that Mr. Shields has written on artists over the years.The story of his passion for Californian art and the career path that led him to Crocker.Mr. Shields’ time as a student and his interest in art growing up.How his creativity serves him in his day-to-day work as a curator.What he loves most about his job, from acquiring new artworks to installing exhibitions.Artists on Mr. Shields’ “wishlist” that he would love to add to the Crocker collection.Ways that the meaning of art evolves and changes over time.Unpacking what makes art valuable: rarity, quality, fame, and more!A look at Mr. Shields’ personal favorite period in art history.Why internships are key for anyone interested in becoming a museum curator.What a “typical day” looks like for Mr. Shields at the Crocker Museum.Current and upcoming exhibitions that you can visit at Crocker!Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Scott Shields on LinkedInCrocker Art MuseumAI Am I?A Marriage of Arts & Crafts: Evelyn and William De MorganArtists Rights SocietyE. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful SpiritArmin Hansen: The Artful VoyageRichard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942-1955Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and DrawingsA Touch Of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory KondosGranville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette
"Mr. Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum!" - Part 1
32:55Art museums enable us to see and engage with contemporary and historic artworks that we otherwise wouldn’t have access to. It takes a very special person and a considerable amount of time and effort to obtain these items, verify their authenticity, store them properly, and curate exhibitions around them. To learn more, we’re joined by Mr. Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator at Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. He grew up in Nebraska, has a master's degree and a Ph.D. in art history, and has curated many impressive exhibitions at the Crocker; drawing in large numbers of people who flock to the museum for a chance to view its collection of art and ceramics. Mr. Shields is also an author, having written books and catalogs about art. In this episode, he tells us what it takes to be a museum curator, from building relationships with art collectors to keeping up with the sometimes fickle art world and everything in between! Tuning in, you’ll find out how artworks are loaned, what goes into fine art logistics, where Mr. Shields gets ideas for new exhibitions, and what he considers when adding a new piece to the museum collection, plus so much more. This was a super interesting and incredibly insightful interview, so be sure to tune in (and stay tuned for part two!)Key Points From This Episode:The varied responsibilities that Mr. Shields has in his capacity as chief curator.Insight into the Crocker, the oldest art museum in the Western United States.Different curatorial departments that Mr. Shields oversees at the Crocker.Loans, insurance, shipping, and more: what goes into putting an exhibition together.Why relationship-building is such an important part of Mr. Shields’ job.Opportunities for travel and access to private art collections.The sometimes complex nature of fine art logistics!What makes good art: assessing worthwhile additions to the museum collection.Keeping up with modern and contemporary art and why the art world isn’t always fair.Where Mr. Shields gets ideas for upcoming exhibitions and how he markets them.Art storage, artwork preservation, and curating every aspect of the exhibition space.Stay tuned for part two of our conversation with Mr. Scott Shields!Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Scott Shields on LinkedInCrocker Art MuseumBreaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown
“Ms. Emily Lo - Davis Fire Dept Battalion Chief!" - Part 2
26:09Some jobs are more than a career — they’re a calling! Ms. Emily Lo, Fire Department Battalion Chief, considers firefighting one such role. During Part 2 of our conversation, we dive into the relationship between the police and the fire department and the difference between a fire truck and a fire engine before Ms. Lo shares the story of one of the first fires she put out at age 20. She shares the process of moving up in the ranks and the typical daily calls she receives, before discussing why she doesn’t consider her job to be about her, but rather the people she serves. We explore balancing family life with a career at the fire department, setting priorities, and her favorite aspects of the job. To finish, we discuss the amazing sense of teamwork that Ms. Lo considers a highlight of the job. Tune in to hear all this and more from our trailblazing guest! Key Points From This Episode:The relationship between the police and the fire department. Distinguishing between a fire truck and a fire engine and which one carries water.The story of one of Ms. Lo’s first fires at the age of 20. Why the worst calls she receives involve children. How many calls she receives per day. The process of advancing ranks in the fire department. When firefighters in different cities work together. Why firefighting is by far the most rewarding career that Ms. Lo can think of. Why she doesn’t consider her job to be about her, but the people she serves. Balancing family life with a career as a firefighter.Learning that something’s got to give, and she cannot take on certain responsibilities.Ms. Lo’s favorite aspects of her job: helping to deliver babies, when things go well at work, teamwork and more.