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The Circle of Trust Archive

The Circle of Trust is the paid subscriber content for listeners of the Adventures In Design podcast. Containing over 300+ episodes and 500 hours of design, illustration, printing and business tips n tricks. Hear every episode in it’s entirety! The Circle of Trust has the full Adventures In Design audio catalog, featuring every episode with bonus content added or you can choose to go straight to the bonus content. Every topic possible on following your creative passion as a hobby or career has been covered in this collection and we’re not even close to finishing the conversation adding another 200 episodes in 2016. 

396 - The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 6: Ben Goretsky of Designer Con

David Defeo

The Collection is back with the promoter of Designer Con and owner of, Ben Gorestsky. Ben comes to the designer toy world with the unique perspective of a business man and, more importantly, a fan of the industry. By using his love of collectibles, Ben saw a hole in the marketplace and developed Designer Con in Pasadena to help retailers and makers showcase their products to the fans. As the success of the event grows, Ben has to decide how to manage the influx of money and interest and still keep his event true to its original intent. Huck opens the show with his quest to find an assistant and where the delicate art of Wabi Sabi begins and ends as a perfectionist. Join you host Mark Brickey and we add another piece to The Collection.

Talking Points

  • Why would Huck pass up a free trip to Bejing?
  • The hardships of finding the right assistant.
  • The different mindset of the entrepreneur.
  • The trouble spot of handling everything by yourself.
  • Wabi Sabi.
  • News on the JPK collab with huck.
  • Huck enters the broach game with his IP made by someone else.
  • Creating the custom bear body for the Luke Chueh show.
  • Gold Life update.
  • Leaving a thumbprint of skill versus a thumbprint of laziness.
  • Booth strategies for walking Designer Con.
  • When and where does promotion start for a convention.
  • Planning the growth of an event on your own terms.
  • Figuring out a new space and getting your name on the Jerk Off List (industry term).
  • The return of artist signings to Designer Con.
  • Why crowds kill artist panels.
  • The draw of accessible exclusives.
  • Tapping into your consumer mind to create what you want to buy.
  • The genesis and rise of
  • Promoting your store and filling a hole in the market you already work in.
  • Why you would open a toy store in the middle of its recession.
  • Avoiding rent.
  • Digging in and making your store look incredible.
  • Balancing out the booths at Designer Con.
  • Key points Brian looks for in an application.
  • Using your story telling skills to draw people in and be discovered.
  • The importance of being in the booth to meet your fans and meet your peers.
  • Getting offline and into life.
  • Is Designer Con a year long project?
  • The hidden costs in running Designer Con.
  • Emerging trends from the perspective of a business man and collector.
  • The worldwide expansion of toy production in the US Market.
  • Brian really sweats deciding what toy to save from his house.
  • A real DeLorean deal.
  • What makes Back To The Future an evergreen property?
  • Amber Alerts and Food Trucks.