Brian Bieber is fun.
As a copywriter for ad agency Fresh Produce in Sioux Falls, it’s no wonder he’s a good time, but it gets better. He’s incredibly talented and creative, too. You can learn more about his work and ad portfolio at Ghosts & Horses, or you could read his book, “Nickel Plated Gold,” a collection of stories “about trying to do what’s right. And failing miserably.” Thanks for making us smile today, Brian.
Name: Brian Bieber
How can people connect with you?
Facebook (personal): https://www.facebook.com/brian.bieber
Facebook (business): https://www.facebook.com/ghostsandhorses
Where do you live now? Where do you call home?
I live on the southeast side of Sioux Falls.
Give us a behind-the-scenes look at your average day.
Some other stuff happens earlier in the day, but after work and before dinner, my wife and I will take a walk on the bike trails if weather permits. Then we spend most of the rest of the evening trying to make each other laugh. That’s my favorite part.
What projects are you currently working on, both in your career as well as hobbies or passions?
I work at Fresh Produce as a writer, and there’s always something fun or interesting going on there.
In my off time, I’m working on a feature-length screenplay for Joe Hubers of Passenger to direct.
What challenge in your life or work are you most interested in overcoming?
My time management skills could be better.
If you could do any job, what would you do and why?
I have a lot of strong opinions about inconsequential things that have no real impact on my life, so maybe doing some kind of Andy Rooney-style complaint based segment on a TV show.
What’s your desert island album/book/TV show/movie (answer one or all)?:
When I was really young, my dad introduced me to the movie “Airplane!” When I was a few years older, he gave me his copy of “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller. Both only get better each time they’re revisited.
Since you live in one of the OTA states:
• Why do you choose to live here? My wife and I both have jobs in Sioux Falls that we really enjoy. We just bought a nice house in a great neighborhood for a reasonable price. We have all kinds of smart, thoughtful and funny friends here. My parents live here. I work with people I genuinely respect and who make me better at what I do. Basically, I’m surrounded by people I love, so moving somewhere else would be a pretty tough sell right now.
• What is the most beneficial aspect of living in the region when it comes to your career? For better or worse, the community is small enough that if you do something interesting, it’s easy to get noticed for it.
• What’s one thing you would change about the OTA region? I wish people would drive a little slower on Southeastern between 26th Street and 41st Street.
• What’s one thing most people don’t know about the OTA region? I’m not too concerned with what people do or don’t know about this region. For the most part, I love living in South Dakota, but it’s not for everyone, and the idea of trying to convince someone why they should be impressed by it is really unappealing to me.
Where do you think good ideas come from?
What’s one current trend you think will change the world?
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Wait a year or two before starting college, and take making noisy music a little more seriously.
Who is the most creative person in your life, and why?
I know a lot of really creative people, but I only know one Guinness World Record holder, and that’s my friend John Boylan, who has the largest collection of Swamp Thing memorabilia in the world.
Who is the most connected person in your life, and what personal characteristics make him or her so well-connected?
My wife, Brienne Maner. Brienne is currently the Communications Director at Downtown Sioux Falls, and she knows everybody. More impressive, though, is the way she recognizes potential all around her, and makes things happen. She has a wonderful knack for taking a good thing and making it so much better. It’s one of the things I love and admire about her most.
Who is the most community-focused person in your life, and how do they impact their communities?
Liz and Dan Nissen are changing the lives of who knows how many kids in Sioux Falls with their record store and all ages music venue, Total Drag.
Thomas Christiansen and the crew at the Sioux Falls Center for Equality are making life better for everyone in this city, including a lot of people who have never heard of them.
Who are the three people you need to have coffee with when you visit Sioux Falls?
Mel Spinar – Good stories
Brienne Maner – Good ideas
Mike Hart IV – Good advice
What’s the best way to put inspiration into action?
For me, getting started is the hardest part. I don’t know any tricks to make that easier, though.
Who do you hope to leave a legacy for?
Thinking about legacies is a lot of pressure. I’m just trying to enjoy my life as responsibly as possible.
Who’s one regional writer/artist/leader/entrepreneur we should pay attention to?
Walter Portz, but mostly just to make sure he doesn’t get into too much trouble.
What’s the greatest risk you’ve taken?
When I was a teenager, I climbed onto the roofs of some buildings I wasn’t supposed to and swam in some swimming pools that didn’t belong to me. That probably could have ended worse than it did.
What’s your biggest failure, and what did you learn from it?
Not going to see Grinderman when they played First Ave in November 2010. I learned to always go see Grinderman when they play at First Ave in November 2010, because they might go on an indefinite hiatus at the end of that tour, and you’ll always have to live with that regret.